Seven Sisters Provincial Park is named for the spectacular set of peaks visible from Highway 16 between Hazelton and Terrace.
Seven Sisters Provincial Park offers an exceptional, natural setting for a wide variety of existing and potential recreational activities. Hiking and snowmobiling are two popular frontcountry and backcountry activities.
Wilderness camping is allowed but limited facilities are provided. There are picnic tables, a food cache bin, a pit toilet, and fire rings available along the Watson Lakes Trail. There is a subalpine site on the Upper Oliver Creek Trail at 17 km that has a pit toilet, a food cache bin and tent pads.
Novice hikers and families with small children can easily reach the scenic lakeside picnic/camping site 1km along the 3km Watson Lakes Trail at the first lake.
This park only has pit toilets; no flush toilets.
Please use fire rings where they are provided which is currently at the Watson Lakes picnic/camping sites. 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.
Seven Sisters Park and Protected area has fantastic hiking opportunities, from short lower elevation trails to multi-day backpacking excursions.
Swimming is possible at Watson Lakes during the warmest months, but even then the water is still cold.
There are canoeing and kayaking opportunities in this park. Visitors must be prepared to portage their boat.
Watson Lake has been stocked with rainbow trout in the past and the three small lakes along the Watson Lakes Trail are used for fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
The Seven Sisters Park offers many excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Resident mountain goat herds use the Seven Sisters peaks and ridges during the summer and winter in the forests near Oliver Creek and Hell’s Bells Creek. Grizzly (blue-listed) and black bears, raptors and other birds use the entire Protected Area. Wolverines are little known and rarely seen predators living in and suspected to be breeding in this area. In the low elevation forested area, marten and fisher (blue-listed) use the older forests, while moose, mule deer, coyotes and wolves tend to use the area around natural openings, burned areas and old cut blocks. The low elevation forest between Hell’s Bells Creek and Oliver Creek provides mule deer winter range. High elevation wetlands in the Upper Price Creek drainage are likely important for migratory waterfowl in spring and fall. Tailed frogs (blue-listed) have been found across the Skeena River from Oliver Creek, and may live in small tributaries within the Protected Area. High breeding populations of rough-skinned newts live in small ponds near Coyote Creek at the northern extent of their range. Salmon pass through the lower reaches of all creeks; trout live within most lakes and creeks.
Pets/domestic animals must be under control at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour.
Mountain biking is allowed on the Oliver Creek Trail as far as the junction with Hell’s Bells Trail. Beyond that point bicycles are strictly prohibited as the trail is too soft and muddy.
E-bikes are restricted to pedal-assist only, with a top speed of 32 km/h, and has a max continuous motor wattage of 500 W. E-Bikes are currently permitted at Oliver Creek and the Hells Bells Connector Trail as far as the junction.
For details on e-biking within Seven Sisters Provincial Park, see the e-biking section.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within Seven Sisters Provincial Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the BC Parks cycling guidelines. E-biking is allowed on the Oliver Creek Trail as far as the junction with Hell’s Bells Trail. Beyond that point all bicycles are strictly prohibited as the trail is too soft and muddy
Horseback riding is allowed on the Oliver Creek Trail as far as the junction with Hell’s Bells Trail. Beyond that point horses are not permitted as the trail is too soft and muddy.
The park is open to hunting. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis.
Visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing and showshoeing on existing hiking trails, but there are no set tracks. Visitors can enjoy snowshoeing on existing hiking trails.
Snowmobiling is permitted in an alpine bowl located in the upper reaches above the Oliver Creek Trail. Access to this area is provided via the connection of the Flint Creek Road, Hells Bells and Oliver Creek Trails which is gated but left open in the winter. Avalanche training is strongly recommended if you plan to snowmobile in Seven Sisters Park and you need to be prepared with the appropriate rescue and emergency equipment.
Seven Sisters Provincial Park is located just south of Kitwanga, between Terrace and Hazelton. Most visitors access the park by trails originating near Highway 16.
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.