Jackman Flats Provincial Park is a product of ice and wind. At the end of the last ice age, some 11,000 years ago, winds from the main trench of the Fraser River and from, what is now, Kinbasket Lake, deposited vast quantities of sand in the Jackman Flats area. This created an ecosystem considered unique in British Columbia. Rare plant communities and shifting sand dune structures now exist in this rather small park.
Excellent recreational opportunities have been enjoyed by Robson Valley residents for many years in this special area. Unregulated motorized use, primarily from all-terrain vehicles, has had a devastating effect on not only the rare plant communities but on the structural integrity of the sand dunes. The uniqueness of Jackman Flats can be quickly appreciated when one considers that one plant community, Juniperus-Stereocaulon, is found nowhere else in British Columbia.
An extremely dry area, where drought conditions generally exist through the summer season, Jackman Flats is vulnerable to excessive recreation use. Hiking, and cross-country skiing are permitted on existing trails only. Excellent opportunities exist for bird watching and plant identification. The parks most prominent residents are the variety of lichen species that dominate the landscape. The fragile nature, distribution and abundance of these lichens can be preserved by staying on designated trails. Remember, to collect or damage any natural object in a provincial park is illegal. Tread lightly and enjoy one of BC Parks most unique landscapes.
Established Date: June 29, 2000
Park Size: 615 hectares
Hunting is allowed in the park. Please consult the current BC Hunting and Trapping Regulation Synopsis for detailed hunting information.
Jackman Flats Provincial park is located 10 km north of Valemount, on Highway 5, and only a short driving distance from Mount Robson Provincial Park.
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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.