Foch-Gilttoyees Park and Protected Area protect 61,183 hectares of rugged coastal and mountainous terrain, from sea level to alpine tundra. The park is nestled in the Coast Mountain Range on the north side of the Douglas Channel and it envelops a diversity of landscapes and features including pristine freshwater drainages, bordered by steep rocky slopes covered with old-growth forests, numerous waterfalls, tidal estuaries, unique tidal narrows, and a windswept coastline. Snow-covered peaks, glacial tarns, cirque basins, and receding glaciers cap the park. In conjunction with Gitnadoiks River Park and Protected Area to the north, Foch-Gilttoyees completes a contiguous protected area corridor between the Douglas Channel and the Skeena River.
Wilderness camping is permitted, but no facilities are provided.
Winter camping is permitted in the protected area. The protected area is accessible year-round.
Please conserve firewood. Limited burning hours may be in effect at some parks and fire bans may be implemented during extremely hot weather conditions. No firewood available. While campfires are allowed in this backcountry area, we encourage visitors to use campstoves for cooking purposes. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather wood for fires from the area unless required for emergency situations. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Swimming is possible in the lakes, lagoon and ocean, but the water is cold all season long. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Both Foch Lagoon and Gilttoyees Inlet are scenic, sheltered bodies of water. Boaters should be aware that entry into Foch Lagoon involves passing through tidal rapids and should only be attempted at slack tide. Also, access to the area is via Douglas Channel which is frequently rough and unsuited to small boats.
There are opportunities for salmon and trout fishing in Foch River and Gilttoyees Creek. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have the appropriate licence.
There are scuba diving opportunities in the park.
There are opportunities for climbing amongst the rocky walls, peaks and glaciers of Foch-Gilttoyees Park. Access is challenging as there are no trails in the park. There are spectacular granite walls along the sides of Gilttoyees Creek and valley.
Hunting is permitted in the park during lawful hunting season. Check Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis.
Foch-Gilttoyees Park and Protected Area is located roughly 33 km southwest of Kitimat on the west side of Douglas Channel. Access is by boat only. Use Marine Chart #3743 (Douglas Channel) and NTS Map Sheets #103 H/14,15 & 103 I/2,3. The closest communities to this park are Kitimat, and Kitamaat Village.
Visitor Information Centre:
Kitimat Visitor Information Centre
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
Phone: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.