Mount Edziza Provincial Park is located south-west of Dease Lake
and south of Telegraph
Creek in the Stewart Cassiar Region of British Columbia.
To get here, travel on Hwy 37 to Iskut
where the park is due east; from Telegraph Creek, it is located
south across the Stikine River. Mount Edziza Provincial Park is
considered sacred land by the local Tahltan First Nations. The park
contains a number of unique geographical features, including up
to 30 volcanic cinder cones, vast evidence of lava flows, lakes,
and water features. Mount Edziza Provincial Park is also a breeding
ground for various wildlife, including Mountain goats, Stone sheep,
moose, caribou, and raptors.
You can enter this wilderness park via trails off Hwy 37 by horseback
or foot that will take you up in the alpine to a variety of vegetation
and landscapes, including a number of small lakes. The access point
to Mowdade Lake is located near Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park along
Willow Creek Forest Service Road. Caution must be taken as the route
is generally overgrown and involves multiple water crossings. Most
of the trail networks are overgrown and people attempting to enter
the park need to contact the office for the BC Parks Stikine region
at 250-771-4591 for current conditions and updates on any possible
Other ways into the park include wilderness trails situated south
of the "The Grand Canyon of the Stikine," near Telegraph
Creek or via helicopter. No motorized vehicles of any kind are permitted
within Mount Edziza Provincial Park. Acquiring access from Telegraph
Creek across the lower Stikine River might also require the permission
of local First Nations.
Grand Canyon of the Stikine"
There is a non-navigational section of the Stikine River that is
often referred to as "The Grand Canyon of the Stikine."
Listed as a potential site for a large BC Hydro dam in the 1970s,
this 80 km (50 mile) canyon has been carved out of the rock by the
untamed Stikine River and has very limited access.
River Recreational Area
The canyon was thankfully saved from development by protests from
environmentalists and the Tahltan First Nations. Now a part of the
Stikine River Recreational Area, the canyon is home to a large population
of Mountain goats and various nesting birds. This country is very
remote, dangerous, and full of Grizzly bears.
The canyon cliffs, especially along the Stikine River, tend to be
unstable with crumbling rock sides falling towards the river, dropping
thousands of feet below. To get into this environmentally-sensitive
area requires the assistance of hunting guides with pack horses
or air travel via helicopter. Because of its remoteness, the park
requires visitors to be well prepared for the extreme wilderness
and possible dangerous conditions. Satellite phones and communication
warning devices are highly recommended once inside the park. In
spite of the hazards, the photo opportunities are out of this world
and the wilderness scenery is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Local guides from Iskut, Tatogga Lake, Dease
Lake, or Telegraph Creek should be consulted before entering
the park. In the Kakiddi chain and at Buckley Lake, fishing is allowed
during certain times of the year for various species as long as
you carry the appropriate fishing license. Please refer to the Freshwater
Fishing Synopsis for details and consult the guides for possible
adventures. With a Limited Entry Hunting Authorization, you can
also have opportunities for Grizzly bear, mountain goat, sheep,
and Cariboo sightings at Mount Edziza Provincial Park.
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside
around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try
to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you
feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions.
There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars
so please play it safe.
Trail Near Buckley
From Hwy 37