Peace River Corridor Provincial Park
This area is
an historic route of European explorers during the fur trade. Evidence
of this history can be seen in the remains of an 1806 fort built
by the Northwest Company, the remains of which are located just
west of Peace River Corridor Protected Area at the mouth of the
Beatton River in Beatton River Provincial Park.
In 1990 the area was designated as a Provincial Recreation Corridor and a draft management plan was prepared. A recreation corridor is a designation that seeks to protect important recreation and heritage values through coordinated management of lands and waters in the corridor.
The area was later proposed as a Goal 2 Protected Area within the Fort St. John and Dawson Creek Land and Resource Management Plans. The Peace River is designated as a Provincial Heritage River.
Peace River Corridor Provincial Park overlaps with the traditional use area of the Blueberry River and Doig River First Nations. It is within Treaty 8 area.
Corridor Provincial Park is located in the Boreal White and Black
Spruce Biogeoclimatic zone within the Peace Lowlands ecosection.
The open aspen and south facing grassland hillsides provide important
wintering habitat for ungulates such as mule and white-tailed deer
and the islands provide important moose calving sites in the spring.
The area is a prime migratory waterfowl staging area with an abundance
of species present in both the spring and fall. Bald eagles and
other raptors nest within the large cottonwoods located alongside
the Peace River.
Various red and blue-listed species have been identified within the corridor. These species include fennel-leaved desert parsley (Lomatium foeniculaceum var foeniculaceum) and slender penstemon (Penstemon gracelis). Although not a red or blue-listed plant species, prickly pear cactus is abundant throughout the area.
as mule deer, white-tailed deer, and moose are found throughout
the area. Coyotes, fox and other small mammals also can be found
in the aspen grassland and wooded habitats.
Waterfowl, including the trumpeter swan, use this river corridor as a staging, migrating and nesting area. Birds of prey, such as bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, and American kestrals, also can be viewed perched or soaring throughout the area.
Arctic grayling, mountain whitefish, yellow walleye, burbot, bull trout, rainbow trout, goldeneye, kokanee and northern pike can all be found within the Peace River.