Secluded and serene, the main attractions at this semi-wilderness park are fishing, hiking and winter recreation. Nearby is Lookout Mountain that overlooks the glaciated Nickel Plate Lake. At the north end of the lake, dotting the shoreline, are fascinating, huge boulders (erratics) deposited by receding glacial ice. The park also provides opportunities for Nordic skiing and snowmobiling.
Park Size: 105 hectares
Wilderness camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.
Nickel Plate Lake has been a fishing destination since the 1940’s. It is stocked with rainbow trout by the Summerland Trout Hatchery. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. There are ice fishing opportunities on Nickel Plate Lake.
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Nickel Plate Provincial Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.
Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Check with Hunting and Trapping Synopsis for regulations.
Cross-country skiing is popular in the area and the Nickelplate Cross-country Ski Club operates groomed runs nearby.
There are snowshoeing opportunities in the park though there are no designated trails.
The area is used for snowmobiling and to access Sheep Rock in Brent Mountain Protected Area.
There are ice fishing opportunities on Nickel Plate Lake.
From Green Mountain Road, follow Apex Mountain Road through Apex Mountain Village to the Hedley Creek/ Nickel Plate Forest Service road. Follow this for about 4.5 km. Turn at the big rock and follow this road for 1/2km to reach the camping area. Access by four-wheel drive vehicles only.
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.