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Cornwall Hills Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
This park is a day-use area, only – no camping is permitted at any time of the year
About This Park
An area noted for a wide diversity of recreational use, from wilderness hiking to hang-gliding. The park is known for its incredible bloom of wildflowers in July and August, encouraging visits from photographers and artists. Visitors are rewarded with a 360 degree view of the surrounding area from Cornwall Hills.
Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided here. This park provides one of the few opportunities in the Thompson Region to protect Engelmann Spruce-Sub-Alpine Fir grasslands.
As of 2016, the Province of BC has entered in to a Partnership Agreement with the Four Wheel Drive Association of BC to assist in managing the most recently active fire lookout tower in the Kamloops District.
Established Date: May 20, 2004
Park Size: 1,235 hectares
Know Before You Go
- No camping or day-use facilities are provided.
- Bring your own water; potable water is not available in the park.
- Off-road vehicle travel is prohibited. This is a very fragile environment and damage from vehicles is long lasting and sometimes irreparable.
- ATV use is prohibited on park roads.
- The park is a wilderness area that is not regularly serviced or patrolled.
- 2003 Wildfire [PDF] This document shows pictures of the park following the 2003 wildfire.
Location and Maps
To Cornwall Hills (Zeroed from Highway #1 Hat Creek Road Turnoff):
|0 km||Turn off Highway #1 at Hat Creek Road (7.5 km from Ashcroft)|
|8.4 km||Intersection, Go Straight Through.|
|13.0 km||Junction with Oregon Jack/Cornwall Hills roads. Go Right.|
|13.4 km||Three Sisters Forest Recreation Site|
|14.6 km||Go Straight. (Track to left takes you near Bedard Aspen – you must hike the last couple of kilometres in as the road ends in a meadow.)|
|21.4 km||Lookout at the top of Cornwall.|
- You must pass through Oregon Jack Provincial Park to arrive at Cornwall Hills.
Nature and Culture
- History: The park was created April 30, 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan. The park will be managed according to the Interim Management Direction Statement for Cornwall Hills Park.
- Cultural Heritage: The Cornwall area and Blue Earth valley are associated with traditional native uses. Also, there are regionally important upland archaeological sites.
- Conservation: Contains extensive uncommon Engelmann spruce/sub-alpine fir parklands and grasslands with patches of old-growth forest, providing a rich diversity of habitats.
- Wildlife: The park protects habitat for mule deer, cougar, Blue Grouse and a variety of upland mammal and bird species. Wildlife is potentially dangerous and may be encountered at any time. Make lots of noise when hiking where bear signs are found.
- Management Planning Information
- Cornwall Hills Park Management Direction Statement [PDF] (Approved in June 1999)