Between the years 1943 and 1945, surveyors laid out the route for what we now know as Highway 97, or the Hart Highway. During the fall of 1945 construction on the highway began. In 1950 Mount Le Moray Lodge was built in the Pine Pass.The lodge mainly catered to the travelling public and to the construction crews building, maintaining and eventually paving Highway 97.
The improvements of this Highway greatly facilitated access into BC’s north country. Eventually, with increasing use, the pine pass area of the Highway became a popular destination for skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, and camping. To accommodate some of the visitors to the area, a Forest Recreation site was established at Hart Lake.
The popularity of the area for recreation and wildlife led to the area being designated for park and protected area status within the Dawson Creek LRMP in 2000 and the Mackenzie LRMP in 2001.
Area of traditional use by First Nations of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association.
The park and protected area protects the upper watersheds of Link Creek, Mountain Creek and Pine River. These areas contain representation of the wet, cool Engelmann spruce and sub-alpine fir biogeoclimatic zone, found within the Hart Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. Karst topography and significant alpine habitats are also preserved in this park.
Caribou, moose, grizzly bear, black bear and wolverine all reside in or around the park. The Pine River and Link and Mountain Creeks contain several fish species such as bull trout, rainbow trout, arctic grayling, mountain whitefish and slimy sculpin.