Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
Grizzly bear

Both southern and northern sections of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park are considered to be wilderness areas and as such anyone exploring needs to be self-sufficient and well-versed in what it takes to hike and survive in a pretty remote area (some 300 miles northwest of Vancouver). As with most Canadian national or provincial parks, Tweedsmuir features plenty of wildlife and chances of seeing bears fishing for salmon towards the end of the summer and early autumn is a definite possibility, especially if accompanied by a knowledgeable guide or ranger. Vast tranquil lakes, fast-flowing rivers and mineral enriched mountain ranges all increase the natural beauty of both sections of Tweedsmuir and if you're a keen angler or fancy setting off in a canoe or kayak then you really won't find a better opportunity west of the Great Lakes.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Wildlife - bear country Following guide and ranger instructions is vital when visiting Tweedsmuir and nowhere is this more pertinent than within the months of September and October. This is peak bear viewing season and if you're prepared to be patient and follow deep into the pine forests then you'll be rewarded with a quite captivating and exhilarating sight which is not to be underestimated on any level. Overnight camping rules apply with bears in mind and not taking any risks is the key to a successful and uninterrupted night's sleep.

  • Wilderness - offbeat park Tweedsmuir provincial parks promise untold opportunities to get away from it all and even though Highway 20 dissects South Tweedsmuir pretty much in half you won't find much else in the way of civilisation. For some this is a vision of paradise and for the experienced back woods hiker you won't find many better chances to enjoy the great outdoors anywhere else in British Columbia. For others this prospect couldn't be further from a relaxing break so make sure you're prepared and well-practised before you consider investigating further.

  • Untamed natural beauty The first rays of sunlight hitting the volcanic folds of the Rainbow Range is something to behold and if you can catch a glimpse of this mineral-enriched alpine environment from afar then you'll be well-aware of Tweedsmuir reputation for raw and natural beauty. Pine-bordered rivers, tumbling water falls and crystal clear lakes - there are infinite reasons that Tweedsmuir is revered for its unrivalled natural beauty and discovering them first-hand is a humbling experience.


When to go

Thanks to Tweedsmuir's remote location (around 300 miles as the crow flies northwest of Vancouver) it's only possible to get in and out by hiking or by plane and as such timing your visit to match your experience levels is definitely something to take into consideration. The winter months promise a snow-covered wonderland where hiking trails turn to cross-country ski and snow-shoe tracks and the distant buzz of a snowmobile can sometimes be heard faraway through the pines. Be aware that winters can get incredibly cold and although a blue sky day may mean the warmth of the sun on your face as you start a day's hike, conditions can change in an instant so make sure all sensible precautions have been taken prior to setting off. On the flip-side, summers can get pretty warm without much rain and ensuring you have adequate water, provisions and sun protection is crucial for not getting into trouble whilst exploring. Bear watching season tends to run from early September to mid-October and, as mentioned, following an experienced guide is definitely the right way to go if you're hoping to see bears from a safe enough distance to comfortably appreciate them. September and October are also regarded as the wettest months of the year but wearing the correct clothing and keeping dry shouldn't dampen your spirits too much, especially if you catch sight of a grizzly fishing for salmon. The best time of year depends completely on your experience levels but suffice as to say, pack accordingly, listen to ranger instructions and you'll have a safe and sensible trip no matter when you visit.



Insider Tip: Anahim Lake

Thanks to the location (just off Highway 20) Anahim Lake offers a great chance to experience the outdoor life in British Columbia without having to stray too far into back woods country. You'll find several small stores within a local village community based around the lake which offers a chance to get supplies before venturing further into South Tweedsmuir. With a snow-capped mountain backdrop, fringed by vast swathes of pine forest and grasslands, canoeing on Anahim Lake is one of the finest means of making the most of the great outdoors and is an essential activity for anyone wishing to enjoy peace and tranquillity far from the streets of Vancouver.


Tours that visit Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

  • CANADA WILDLIFE VANCOUVER ISLAND

    14 days | Canada | Hotels

    Jun-Aug from

    Wildlife

    This wildlife tour through the jagged peaks, glacier-carved valleys and pristine blue lakes of the Canadian Rockies is a treat for the senses. This trip visits those unmissable sites but also delves deeper, venturing off the beaten track.

    Highlights: Banff | Jasper | Inside Passage | Tofino

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  • CANADA WILDLIFE VANCOUVER ISLAND

    14 days | Canada | Hotels

    Jun-Aug from

    Wildlife

    This wildlife tour through the jagged peaks, glacier-carved valleys and pristine blue lakes of the Canadian Rockies is a treat for the senses. This trip visits those unmissable sites but also delves deeper, venturing off the beaten track.

    Highlights: Tofino | Inside Passage | Jasper | Banff

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