There are numerous designated campsites at Fish Lake. They function on a first come, first served basis.
Backcountry camping fee: $5 per person per night (age 6+)
The BC Parks backcountry permit registration service allows you to purchase a backcountry camping permit before leaving home. Although this does not reserve a campsite, it provides the convenience of prepaying for your trip and not having to carry cash. We encourage all visitors to register online so we can reduce the need to collect fees in the field.
The Fish Lake cabin is located on the shore of Fish Lake. The cabin is available on a first come, first served basis and accommodates 14 to 18 people on bunks along the perimeter of the cabin walls.
A wood stove is located in the center of the cabin, but firewood is not provided from October to May. An axe is available. Use extreme caution when cutting wood. Do not split firewood inside the cabin. Trees, dead or alive, are not to be cut for any reason.
Cabin use fee: $15 per person per night or $30 per family per night
Winter camping is available depending on the accessibility to the trailhead via the Forest Service access road.
There are several great hiking trails in this park. 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.
Visitors can swim at Fish Lake.
Fishing is a major attraction at this park, particularly at Fish Lake which is surrounded by a trail. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Traditionally, most people who come to Top of the World Park angle for the cutthroat and Dolly Varden trout that thrive in Fish Lake. Cutthroat average 20 cm and Dolly Varden come in at 30 cm.
There are special regulations covering fishing in this park which must be followed so that all visitors will be able to enjoy the park as much as possible:
Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Cycling is permitted at this park. Mountain bike enthusiasts may only ride the 6 km hiking and horse trail between Nicol Creek trailhead parking lot and Fish Lake. These busy trails are used by young families, therefore cyclists must use extreme caution. Bicycles must keep to pathways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
For details on e-biking within Top of the World Park, see the e-biking section.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within Top of the World Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the BC Parks cycling guidelines.
Horseback riding is permitted on the Fish Lake horse trail, Coyote Creek trail and Galbraith Creek trails only. Overnight grazing is prohibited, except in the vicinity of Coyote Creek campsite and Sayles Meadows. Use of pellets and other feed concentrates is encouraged. Grazing should be limited to one night per party in each location. At Fish Lake, horses must be kept 100 metres away from the lake.
Depending on road accessibility to the trailhead, Top of the World provides excellent cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities from the trailhead to Fish Lake and surrounding area.