Ts’ilʔos Provincial Park: Camping and Hiking

Camping

photo of camping in Sprectrum Pass in Ts'il?os Ts’ilʔos Park’s natural features provide an attractive setting for a camping vacation. There are two developed campgrounds located in the northern half of the park. Nu Chugh Beniz, accessed via Hanceville, offers 16 developed campsites. Gwa Da Ts’ih, accessed via Tatla Lake, offers 8 rustic campsites. Facilities at both campgrounds include water wells with hand pumps, picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. Due to bear
hazards, Gwa Da Ts’ih campground may be closed during salmon spawning season (mid-August to mid-September).

Hiking

Ts’ilʔos offers a variety of hiking opportunities from short day hikes, to extended wilderness backpacking trips. Experienced mountaineers can plan rigorous excursions leading to the Homathko Icefields and major peaks of the Coast Mountains.

The backcountry of Ts’ilʔos Park is recommended for experienced travelers only who are equipped for trail finding, first aid, and survival situations. Maintenance of hiking routes is minimal and there are no facilities.

Trails:

In order to meet budget targets, trail maintenance has been reduced on the Yohetta/Tzchaikazan Loop Trail in this park. Although this trail will remain open, users may encounter fallen trees, overgrown sections and/or trail wash-outs. Extra caution is advised, and route finding is considered challenging. 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.

Accessing the Yohetta Tchaikazan trail heads is via a rough 4wd only Wilderness road.  Expect windfallen trees, brushy road conditions and 4+ hours to travel the approximate 50 km distance to the Tchaikazan trail head.  Being equipped with a chainsaw is recommended.  While the trail is a popular five to seven day trek that takes hikers on loop trail from Yohetta valley, over Spectrum pass into the Tchaikazan river valley, conditions are variable and maintenance is minimal.

Trail maintenance has been limited to trail clearing from the Yohetta trail head to Dorothy lake in 2022.

At the north end of Chilko Lake, the Tullin Trail begins from Gwa Da Ts’ih campground and ascends Tullin Mountain. This trail affords day hikers with some excellent views of the park (3-5 hours, one way).

Hiking trails are also open to horseback riding, although trails in some areas may not be suitable due to difficult terrain and the potential for blowdown. All horse users are encouraged to use weed-free feed pellets, particularly for large groups.