Kleanza Creek Provincial Park is located 15 km (9.4 miles) east
and 78 km (49 miles) west of Kitwanga
(Gitwangak) on Hwy 16 and the junction of Hwy 37.
To get to here, take Hwy 37 between Prince
George and Prince
Rupert and travel along the Skeena River to just past Kitselas
Canyon National Historic Site near Usk.
There is a large day-use parking lot and campground for the provincial
park along the historic Kleanza Creek, an area known for gold claims
with Kleanza meaning gold in the local First Nation Gitxsan language.
The park's main attraction is the walk along Kleanza Creek to a
rock canyon and pool area from either a day-use parking area or
farther downstream from the campground. There is also another short
trail to a viewing area located above 24 metre (79 feet) high Kleanza
Canyon where there is some equipment remains of the now gone Cassiar
Hydraulic Mining Company.
The day-use area is also nice and bright, has picnic tables and
is next to Kleanza Creek and a small pebble beach. Just remember
there are warning signs posted regarding possible dangerous currents
in the pools so watch your children and play things safe neat to
The campground at Kleanza Creek Provincial Park contains 32 vehicle-accessible
campsites of which half are near the waters edge of Kleanza Creek
and are quite private. The other half of the campsites back contain
lots of shade trees making it very quiet and private with the running
creek providing a soothing noise in the background.
If you have the opportunity, try and get a creek-side campsite where
there are small private boulder areas next to the clear creek. The
nice thing is the walking trail to the canyon is located at the
rear of the campsites.
The campground facilities here are more limited than larger parks
with only pit toilets and one hand pump system for water. There
are no phones at the park with the nearest grocery store of any
size in Thornhill just on the eastern outskirts of Terrace. The
nearest sani-station facilities can also be found in Terrace. The
campground season runs from May 10 - September 15.
the Skeena River
Lots of people make Kleanza Provincial Park as a base camp for exploring
Usk and the north side of the Skeena River or the Kitselas Canyon
National Historic Site at the First Nation Kitselas community of
Gitaus. From the campground either can be accessed by cycling or
a long walk.
Canyon National Historic Site
Definitely worth visiting is the Kitselas Canyon National Historic
Site just across Hwy 37 from the entrance to the park. The canyon
long regarded as sacred by the Kitselas First Nations was also the
scene of amazing feats by river boat captains as they plied their
way up and down the Skeena River from Terrace to Hazelton
through the very swift and narrow Kitselas Canyon.
If you happen to be staying at Kleanza Provincial Park not only
are there grocery supplies in Thornhill but there is also superb
river fishing along the banks of the Skeena at Ferry Island in nearby
Terrace. Terrace also all the big shopping stores including a Wal-Mart,
Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drug Mart, Save-On-Foods, automotive repair
shops and a number of liquor stores.
The campsites at Kleanza Provincial Park are offered on a first-come,
first-served basis but unfortunately with no reservations taken.
During the early summer, fall time or if you arrive first thing
in the morning is usually the best time to come in order to get
a creek side campsite.