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St. Mary’s Alpine Provincial Park
About This Park
St. Mary’s Alpine Park is a wilderness paradise for the experienced backcountry traveller. Numerous lakes and tarns are tucked against rugged granite cliffs and surrounded by tundra and lingering snowfields.
Seven creeks drain the lakes, resulting in numerous waterfalls and cataracts, some as much as 150 metres in height. Experienced hikers, willing to expend considerable effort in bushwhacking and route finding should visit this protected area where few if any people will be encountered.
Established Date: March 18, 1973
Park Size: 9,146 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Persons visiting St. Mary’s Alpine Provincial Park are reminded that the park is a wilderness area, without supplies or equipment of any kind. All arrangements for supplies and transportation must be made beforehand.
- Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
- Bring a portable stove for cooking. Fires are not allowed except in emergency situations.
- All park visitors should wear strong waterproofed, lug-soled boots and carry a daypack with raingear, extra warm clothing and food. Weather conditions can change suddenly in this area and lightning storms with hail and snow are common in summer. For overnight trips a sleeping bag, groundpad, waterproof tent or bivouac bag and lightweight stove are essential. Only experienced climbers practiced in crevasse rescue and properly roped should venture onto snowfields and glaciers.
- Loaded logging trucks and other industrial traffic may be encountered while accessing this park. Drive with extreme caution and for your safety always yield to industrial traffic.
- Public communications are not available at this park.
Location and Maps
Between Kimberley and the town of Marysville, take the St. Mary’s Lake Road and follow it to the junction of the Dewar Creek Road, and the St. Mary’s West Fork Road. Continue right on the Dewar Creek Road, as the Manson Col trailhead is accessed by an old mining road around km marking 57. Park on the Dewar Forest Service Road (FSR) and hike up the old road to the basin below the park. The Mortar and Pestle trailhead is accessed by a logging road leading east at the 65 km on the Dewar Creek Road. The logging road is washed approximately 2 km before the kiosk, and impassible by motor vehicles. See access document for more information.
- Road Access Information [PDF] (August 10, 2020)
Maps and Brochures
- Park Map [PDF]