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Tā Ch’ilā Park [a.k.a. Boya Lake Park]

Advisories

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Vehicle-accessible camping
Vehicle-Accessible Camping Fee: $20.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $10.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Picnic areas

There is a day use picnic area adjacent to Boya Lake with picnic tables, fire rings, and a large picnic shelter.

Pit or flush toilets

This park only has pit toilets; no flush toilets.

Drinking water

One cold water pump is located in the park, near the information shelter at the entrance to the campground. Taps are shut off during the off-season.

Playground

There is a small playground in the day-use area.

Boat launch

There is a boat launch southeast of the campground. 9.9hp boat engines or electric motors only please. This boat launch will be decommissioned in the near future as it is in poor condition.

Campfires

While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act ). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.

Hiking

Tā Ch’ilā Park has 2 short interpretive walking trails suitable for seniors and children.

  • The Lakeshore Trail is 1.5 km long and leaves from the north end of the campground.
  • The Beaver Lodge Trail is also 1.5 km in length and leaves from the south end of the park, near the boat launch.

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.

Swimming

Boya Lake is one of the few lakes in the north that is warm enough for swimming. There is a dock at the day use area to swim from. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

Canoeing

The lake is perfect for the canoeing/kayaking enthusiast with its many islands and bays available for exploration. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. Please contact the park operator for more information.

Kayaking
Fishing

Lake char, round whitefish, burbot, northern suckers, and sculpins make their home in Boya Lake. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

There is limited access to fishing licence vendors on the Highway 37 corridor. Any visitors wishing to fish/angle in BC Parks in this area should strongly consider obtaining a BC Freshwater Fishing Licence while they have access to internet and a printer.

Wildlife viewing

Both the Lakeshore Trail and Beaverlodge Trail provide great wildlife viewing opportunities.

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

Bicycles must keep to roadways and designated bike trails. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Tā Ch’ilā Provincial Park [a.k.a. Boya Lake 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

Tā Ch’ilā Provincial Park is closed to hunting from April 1 to September 30 inclusive. Between October 1 to March 31, hunting is allowed subject to hunting season dates and regulations. Please consult the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for further information.

Please be advised that hunting and the discharge of firearms is prohibited within 400 meters of the campground access road, and service yard road at all times.