The Tahltan First Nation were the original settlers in this area. The Tahltan lived at various seasonal locations along the Stikine River, trading with both the Kaska of the high interior and the Tlingit of the Pacific Coast. Today, the Tahltan live in the communities of Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake and Iskut. Seasonal locations are still utilized by members of the first nation for traditional resource harvest.
In the mid 1860’s, the need for communications link to Europe initiated a survey of the Stikine for development of the Collins Overland Telegraph Trail. This project introduced the use of sternwheelers on the river, which brought telegraph wire and other construction materials inland to what is known as Telegraph Creek. This telegraph route was abandoned after cable was successfully laid across the Atlantic, linking North America with Europe.
Since time immemorial the area has been heavily used by the local Tahltan indigenous people and their ancestors. The area is still culturally significant for the Tahltan Nation today. Archaeological finds (including obsidian, tools, and other artifacts) are to be left in place and reported to the local BC Parks or Tahltan Central Government office.
The Stikine River Park consists of a range of landscape from the Southern Boreal Plateau and Stikine Plateau. Special features of the area include the internationally significant Grand Canyon. The unique geography and weather associated to it make the park home to a diverse array of flora and fauna.
A resident population of mountain goats reside in the canyon. Many other species frequent the area, including the black bears and grizzly bears, Stone’s sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, foxes, salmon, and numerous bird species.