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Marble Canyon Provincial Park
Marble Canyon Provincial Park is located 40 km (25 miles) north-west of Cache Creek and 50 km (31 miles) north-east of Lillooet on Hwy 99.

Travelling Here
To get here from the Lower Mainland or Whistler, you have to travel on Hwy 99 via Duffy Lake to Lillooet, then cross the Fraser River and continue on Hwy 99 to the park. If you are coming from northern BC or the Okanagan, travel on Hwy 97 towards Cache Creek and take the exit for Hwy 99 which is located 11 km (7 miles) north of the community on Hwy 97.

Park Highlights
Two main features stand out at Marble Canyon Provincial Park; one being the limestone rock formations carved out of the Pavilion Mountain Range; the other is the intense colours of Turquoise and Crown Lakes which are on either side of the campground and the larger Pavilion Lake located towards the West.

Campground
The campground at Marble Canyon Provincial Park is comprised of 30, not very private high-density vehicle-accessible campsites, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, reservations are not accepted at Marble Canyon Provincial Park so if you want to stay here, try and arrive early for the best choice of campsite.

Park Facilities
The facilities found at Marble Canyon Provincial Park campground are quite limited with only one hand pump available for water and pit toilets. Some of these sites are set up more for tenting and are a short distance from the parking area. There is a small sandy beach situated on Crown Lake but the water is usually quite cold and not the best for swimming. The picnic area is on the edge of the campground and is quite sparse.

Rainbow Trout Fishing
The three lakes - Pavilion, Turquoise and Crown - have Rainbow trout fishing available. Please obtain the proper licence for this jurisdiciton. Lots of people in the area are known to ice fish in the winter.

Rock Climbing
Marble Canyon, because of uniqueness of the limestone formations, is also a destination point for rock climbers in British Columbia. Several spots are very popular for climbing, including an icefall and can be accessed from the park. For more information on the routes and access points to areas with names such as the Great Gully, Chimney Rock (known locally by the Fountain Band First Nations as Coyote Rock) and Headwall, obtain the book by Lyle Knight called, "Central B.C. Rock."

Pavilion Lake
Pavilion Lake, which is conveniently located only a few km (miles) towards Lillooet, is much larger than Turquoise and Crown, offering more recreational activities including scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking. Pavilion Lake is groundwater spring-fed and slightly alkaline, producing a crystal-clear turquoise hue to the water colour and creating a unique phenomenon with the growth of Stromatolites in the water.

Stromatolites
Only present in a very few places in the world is the growth of Stromatolites - a prehistoric life organism that is found in the three lakes of Marble Canyon Provincial Park, especially in the larger Pavilion Lake.

Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nations
Similar to a type of coral found in tropical waters, the Stromatolites have now been protected by the creation of a park zone covering the lake bottom and, by the Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nations, the local stewards and traditional people of the Marble Canyon.

Turquoise Lake Waterfall
For more exploring around Marble Canyon Provincial Park, try visiting the waterfall situated at the far side of Turquoise Lake. The waterfall, which has taken its turn at eroding the limestone walls is very interesting, and well worth the visit to view the power of water pressure.

Bear and Wildlife Safety
If you are walking or hiking in the area, just remember that black bears and cougars are often seen in the immediate area. Please practise proper wildlife and bear-safety procedures.

Sky Blue Water Resort
The only commercial business on Pavilion Lake is at Sky Blue Water Resort owned and operated by the Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nation. Cabins, RV and tent sites are all available. If you would like to explore the lake canoes, motor and paddle boats can also be rented.

Graymont Pavilion Plant
The Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nation also lease lands to the Graymont Pavilion Plant, a limestone mining operation on the edge of Marble Canyon for the creation of lime for pulp mills.

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Marble Canyon
Marble Canyon

 

Pavilion Lake
Pavilion Lake

 

Marble Canyon Campground
Campground

 

Chimney Rock (Coyote Rock)
Chimney Rock (Coyote Rock)

 

Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing Potential

 

Marble Canyon
Marble Canyon

 
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