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Gwillim Lake

Filed in Gwillim Lake, Lakes by on January 15, 2015 • views: 3363

Hours of Operation

*All dates are subject to change without notice

Opening and Closing Dates:
MAY – OCTOBER (Gate is closed when snow falls)
*campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc…

Campground dates with full services:

Wednesday before May long weekend – September 11.

Campground reservable dates:
Not applicable

Total number of vehicle accessible campsites:

Number of reservable campsites, if applicable:
Not applicable

NOTE: The Park is open year round unless inaccessible due to weather conditions, especially during the off-season.



About the Park

Gwillim Lake Provincial Park is situated half way between Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge on the beautiful Don Phillips Way (Highway 29) amidst the Rocky Mountain foothills.  The 32,326 hectare park boosts wildlife, activities and landscapes for everyone to enjoy.  The campground has a wilderness trail, play area, boat launch, viewpoint and lakeside day-use.  Be sure to take advantage of the excellent water activities this park has to offer and remember to bring your fishing rod, canoe, kayak and boat.

For more information visit the BC Parks webpage.


Established in 1918, it has the distinction of being British Columbia’s third oldest park.


Gwillim Lake Park resides in the Northern Rocky Mountain foothills amidst a boreal white and black spruce biogeoclimatic zone. The predominate trees found in low elevations are Lodgepole Pine, Aspen, Birch and Cottonwood.  On the North side of the park, the forests are dominated by Lodgepole Pines and Black Spruce.  Willow and Alder can be found in low, wet areas.

The lake water quality is superior to other lakes in the region due to the freshwater sources from the contributing creeks with unspoilt basins.  Visitors will enjoy the fresh blue colour the lake presents.


Black bears frequent the area, as well as the occasional moose, white tail deer and elk.  The wetlands on the East side of the lake are home to several bird species including the Canada Jay, Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, as well as a number of waterfowl and songbirds.  There is also a nesting area for a small number of Bald Eagles.

Fishing is a great activity, but Gwillim Lake has a low nutrient content which results in a low regeneration rate for the fish. When fishing it is important to know and obey the BC Environment Fishing Regulations.  Species include Lake Trout, Bull Trout, Northern Pike, Mountain Whitefish, Arctic Grayling and burbot.


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