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Stikine River Provincial Park
About This Park
Stikine River Provincial Park contains and protects a geological feature unparalleled in Canada. Nicknamed the "Grand Canyon" of the north, eighty kilometers of steep-walled canyon, composed of sedimentary and volcanic rock, has been carved through eons of river erosion. In the bottom of this sometimes 300 m deep chasm flows the wild and unnavigable Stikine River, which varies in width from 200 m to as little as 2 m at a point near its confluence with the Tanzilla River. Stikine River Provincial Park also creates a protected corridor between Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park to the east and Mount Edziza Provincial Park to the west.
Established Date: March 14, 1987
Park Size: 257,177 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Sharp drop-offs border the entire Grand Canyon. These, combined with broken rock prevalent in the area, make it extremely dangerous to approach the canyon rim. Please be cautious and always supervise your children. For your safety and the preservation of the park, please obey posted signs and keep to designated trails.
- • The Stikine River Canyon, downstream from the Highway 37 bridge crossing and boat launch, is unnavigable by all watercraft. Do not attempt to navigate this section of the Stikine River.
- Only permitted air charter companies are authorized to fly into Stikine River Provincial Park.
- Motorized boat operators should be very aware and cautious of non-motorized (ie. kayak, canoe, raft etc.) traffic coming downstream. Please be sure to give appropriate right-of-way, carry all mandatory safe boating equipment and boat safely!
- Off-road vehicle use is prohibited in the park, including all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles.
Purchase a fishing licence in advance
Any visitors wishing to fish/angle in BC Parks on the Highway 37 corridor should strongly consider obtaining a BC Freshwater Fishing Licence while they have access to internet and a printer. There are very limited opportunities to obtain a fishing licence on the Highway 37 corridor.
Nature and Culture
- History: The Tahltan First Nation were the original settlers in this area. The Tahltan lived at various seasonal locations along the Stikine River, trading with both the Kaska of the high interior and the Tlingit of the Pacific Coast. Today, the Tahltan live in the communities of Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake and Iskut. Seasonal locations are still utilized by members of the first nation for traditional resource harvest.
In the mid 1860’s, the need for communications link to Europe initiated a survey of the Stikine for development of the Collins Overland Telegraph Trail. This project introduced the use of sternwheelers on the river, which brought telegraph wire and other construction materials inland to what is known as Telegraph Creek. This telegraph route was abandoned after cable was successfully laid across the Atlantic, linking North America with Europe.
- Cultural Heritage: Since time immemorial the area has been heavily used by the local Tahltan indigenous people and their ancestors. The area is still culturally significant for the Tahltan Nation today. Archaeological finds (including obsidian, tools, and other artifacts) are to be left in place and reported to the local BC Parks or Tahltan Central Government office.
- Conservation: The Stikine River Provincial Park consists of a range of landscape from the Southern Boreal Plateau and Stikine Plateau. Special features of the area include the internationally significant Grand Canyon. The unique geography and weather associated to it make the park home to a diverse array of flora and fauna.
- Wildlife: A resident population of mountain goats reside in the canyon. Many other species frequent the area, including the black bears and grizzly bears, Stone’s sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, foxes, salmon, and numerous bird species.
Activities Available at this Park
Caution: Downstream of the Stikine River – Hwy 37 bridge is unnavigable by any watercraft.
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Please refer to the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis as well as the Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis for bag limits, season dates and area maps.