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Skihist Park

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Total number of campsites
Total vehicle-accessible sites: 58
Vehicle-accessible camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis – campsite reservations are not accepted. The campground is located on a hillside amidst a ponderosa pine forest. There are 58 sites at Skihist. The campground originally had many sites consisting of two levels, limiting the camping unit size. However a campground reconstruction has recently occurred and most sites can now accommodate medium to large camping units.

Four of the 58 sites are walk-in and will accommodate only tents. These sites have parking adjacent to the site and have constructed tent pads. Each site is shaded at some point throughout the day. Lytton, 6 km away, is the closest centre with amenities.

The entrance gate is locked from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. During the camping season, overnight visitors can now pay at the campground with a self registration system – cash only accepted. Deposit cash in the envelope (change will be provided when attendant arrives if you do not have correct amount), fill out the information and place in the vault provided at the information kiosk. Please detach the receipt portion and attach to the campsite number post. You may also pre-pay firewood with your campsite self registration. Staff will be at the campground at least once a day during the camping season.

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $23.00 per party/night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $11.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for these areas of the park:

Picnic areas

The day-use is located on the north side of Highway #1 directly across from the campground. There are 12 picnic tables located in a large grassy area surrounded by ponderosa pines offering lots of shade. Around the perimeter of the grass is a paved walkway which guides the visitor to a spectacular view of the Thompson River Canyon below. There is a paved perimeter trail allowing wheelchair access to some picnic tables. There is a water fountain, flush toilets and a pit toilet. Adjacent to the day-use area is a parking lot and a small area suitable for dog walking.

Campfires are not permitted in the day-use area. Please ensure that all barbeques or campstoves are used on the ground and not set on picnic tables.

Pit or flush toilets

There are three flush toilet buildings and three pit toilets in the campground.

There is one toilet building and an additional one pit toilet next to the sani-station at the campground entrance.

Drinking water

Cold water taps are located throughout the campgrounds.

Sani-station
A sani-station/dump is available during the collecting season.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Campfires

Campers may bring their own firewood or purchase firewood at the park. Firewood can be purchased from the park facility operator in some parks or you can bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. You may pre-pay for firewood with your campsite self registration. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented and some parks may use communal fire rings. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.

Please ensure that all barbeques or campstoves are used on the ground and not set on picnic tables.

Hiking
On the top loop of the campground there is a trailhead providing access to approximately 8 km of hiking trails. These trails provide excellent views of the canyon and mountains as well as wildlife observation opportunities. One trail takes the hiker to Gladwin Lookout where goats may sometimes be viewed on the opposite hillside. This takes about 1½ hours round trip. The second trail is a loop above the campground bringing the hiker back out onto the Cariboo Wagon Rd. This takes 2-3 hours. Bears are known to frequent this area so carry bear spray and make your presence known. Carry lots of water in this hot, dry climate. There is no water source on the trail.
Canoeing
There are kayaking opportunities on the Thompson River. Opportunities for put ins are located along Highway #1 and at Spences Bridge.
Kayaking
Fishing

There are opportunities for fishing at various points along Highway #1. Visitors fish for trout, steelhead and salmon. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing
California big horn sheep, bears and elk may be sighted in the area. Bird watching is excellent. There are spectacular views of the Thompson River canyon from the campground and the day-use area.
Pets on leash
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.
Cycling

Bicycling is allowed only on paved roads and designated trails in this park. Visitors can cycle around the park roads but keep in mind that the campground is located on the slope of a hill and cycling may be too difficult for some. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Skihist 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.