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Backcountry camping

There are a few basic facilities such as fire rings and “open-air”, backcountry style toilets located at the Buckley Lake and Mowdade Lake campsites. There are bear-proof metal food caches for public use, located at the Buckley Lake and Mowdade Lake campsites. 

No fees are charged for backcountry camping in this park.

Find out more about hiking routes and camping

Wilderness camping

Wilderness camping is allowed.


Check for campfire bans and the fire Danger Rating for the area you are visiting before lighting a fire in the backcountry. To maintain a healthy ecosystem community, please don’t gather firewood from the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and contributes to healthy and fertile soils. For more information on campfires in the backcountry.

Always carry a cooking stove, use fire rings, and only build a fire when necessary. Keep fires limited to locations where they will not cause environmental damage.

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There is a hiking trail from Mowdade Lake to Buckley Lake. 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.


Fishing is good at the park’s many lakes. Mowdade, Mowchilla, Kakiddi and Nuttlude Lake (known as the Kakiddi Lakes chain) form a chain along the eastern boundary, while Buckley Lake is on the northern border. 

Both Buckley Lake and the Kakiddi Lakes chain are well populated with rainbow trout. Special restrictions apply to fishing in Buckley Lake, therefor please check the Freshwater Fishing Synopsis for details, and for other restrictions in the area. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing

Although Mount Edziza Park protects a spectacular volcanic landscape, the park is also noted for its exceptional wildlife and archaeological features. Mount Edziza’s true wilderness atmosphere, outstanding scenery and varied terrain make this park an excellent place for quality hiking, photography, and nature study. Lands within the park have an excellent capability for supporting large populations of wildlife, including moose, bears, and various birds and small mammals.

Pets on leash

In backcountry areas larger than 2,000 hectares, as is the case with this park, pets are permitted off leash and under control. Please refer to the Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulations (Section 19) for more information.

Horseback riding

A Letter of Authorization (LOA) is required for visitors who wish to use horses within Mount Edziza Park. To obtain an LOA, please contact the BC Parks Stikine senior park ranger at 250-771-4591 ext.2. If there is no answer, please leave a detailed message stating your request for an LOA, your name, contact information and the date you wish to visit the park.

There is a mandatory “weed-free feed” requirement for any horses entering the northern parks, meaning that horses must be fed certified weed-free pellets for 72 hours prior to entering the park and throughout the duration of their stay within the park. The primary reason for the weed-free feed requirement is the growing concern of introducing invasive plant species (either through non-permitted feed or horse droppings) into a natural and pristine ecosystem in the park. 


Hunting is permitted within Mount Edziza Park. Please note that the hunting of caribou, mountain sheep, and mountain goat in the park is by Limited Entry Hunting Authorization only. Please refer to the current British Columbia Hunting Regulations synopsis and Limited Entry Hunting synopsis for LEH area boundary maps. Please refer to the hunting synopsis for additional information on seasons and bag limits.

Links to the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis and Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis are available on the BC Parks Fishing and Hunting page.