Tourism and Recreation

The plan area has high recreation values due to its landforms, climatic diversity, relatively undeveloped state, and proximity to the lower mainland. The area is also part of the popular circle tour from Vancouver via Duffey Lake and the Fraser Canyon.

Major summertime activities include rafting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and off-road touring. Ski touring and snowmobiling are popular winter activities.

Tourism (commercial recreation) offers a wide variety of services and has potential for diversification and development.

Three tourism/mining areas will be designated in the Southern Chilcotin Range (see map) to ensure sustainable management of these industries in key locations. A management plan, guided by the intent of the 2004 Mining/Tourism Memorandum of Understanding, will be prepared for these areas. To optimize resource development, these areas will be closed to industrial logging.


  • Lack of inventories and opportunity studies on recreation and tourism features (e.g., lakes, trails) can limit their recognition and management.
  • Industrial development and road construction can change the recreation and tourism opportunities available.
  • Competition between public and commercial uses of the same areas can lead to degradation and a loss of economic and social benefits.
  • Decreased health and sustainability of fish and wildlife populations can reduce the viability of recreation resources and tourism businesses.
  • Recreation and tourism activities can have adverse impacts on fish, wildlife, and terrain (especially in popular areas). The social and physical carrying capacities of recreational sites and areas become a concern as the numbers of users and types of use increase.


  • A wide range of high quality, well-managed recreation/tourism experiences available for residents and visitors.
  • Secure commercial tenures.
  • Minimal conflicts with other resource based interests.
  • Recreation and tourism development that considers carrying capacities, local interests and job creation.
  • Foster and support a high quality, well managed and ecologically sustainable recreation and tourism sector.
Objectives Management Direction/Strategies Measures of Success/Targets Intent
1. Manage recreation and tourism use within physical and social carrying capacities 1.1 Consult with First Nations during recreation-related inventories to improve information on traditional use and avoid potential conflicts with new activities
1.2 Increase the physical capacity of the site/area by expanding or hardening facilities in a way that prevents site degradation but conserves a natural appearance
1.3 Replicate the experience by developing another comparable site/area
1.4 Ration use by permit only when necessary to meet management plan and recreational quality or ecological integrity objectives
2. Balance tourism and recreation interests with other resource users 2.1 Encourage the agencies involved in tenure administration, or appropriate statutory decision makers, in cooperation with the resource based tourism industry and recreational interests, to consider setting physical and social carrying capacities (and limits to acceptable change) on a priority basis in areas where user density issues are identified This should respect First Nations values on the landscape and be coordinated through the development of a Recreation Management Strategy
2.2 Encourage partnerships between government, First Nations and other sectors, including the tourism industry that will facilitate the resolution of potential resource user conflicts
2.3 Encourage tourism operators to work with First Nations and other groups to avoid potential accessrelated conflicts
2.4 Manage for high-quality visual landscapes along main recreation corridors and at significant features (see Visual Management section)
2.5 Identify existing recreational use near settlements (“near” is to be defined by the process itself and dependent on the type of recreational use being examined)
3. Subject to the availability of government resources, provide facilities and services to support a wide range of recreation and tourism opportunities; 3.1 When considering applications under the Land Act and Forest Act, recognize the value of maintaining existing and potential public recreational access points to lakes and rivers in order to maintain options for long term expansion of water-based recreation, except where this adversely affects Species At Risk habitats The provision of facilities, services and overall management of recreation is subject to government resources (staff and funding) Prior to designations, interagency referrals will be used where appropriate to identify any potential resource tenure and use conflicts The maintenance of existing sites & trails may take precedence over additional infrastructure.
3.2 Encourage partnerships (between government, First Nations and recreation user groups) wherever possible in order to deliver recreation objectives
3.3 The management of recreational lakes, trails and other features noted in Table 1 below should be considered in addition to existing sites and trails
3.4 To retain recreational quality and experiences, apply appropriate designations (e.g., Land Act Reserve) and manage recreational use on public access points to lakes and rivers
4. Maintain or enhance identified backcountry areas to support a broad range of recreation and tourism opportunities 4.1 Coordinate access-related recreation planning through the development of a Recreation Management Strategy This objective is not intended to restrict the issuance of cutting permits. The intent is to maintain the broad range of recreational opportunities and experiences across the plan area
5. Undertake area-focused tourism/recreation planning to balance the interests of commercial tourism, public recreation groups and other stakeholders 5.1 Encourage coordination among agencies to foster tourism business opportunities within the plan area
5.2 Involve First Nations in community economic development planning to identify opportunities and avoid potential conflicts (legal or otherwise) between users
5.3 Consult with First Nations for information on spiritual values and relative significance to First Nations culture
5.4 Public recreation groups, commercial tourism interests and other stakeholders should make efforts to work cooperatively in order to find mutually agreeable approaches to recreation use and management of activities
5.5 First Nations should be involved in planning public recreational use/activities and the identification of related potential economic development opportunities
6. Develop and implement a management plan for designated mining/tourism areas (see Tourism Opportunities map) Management plan for mining/tourism areas completed by 2005 Management plan should be guided by the intent of the Mining / Tourism Memorandum of Understanding Encourage tourism development in mining/tourism areas
7. Maintain the aesthetic integrity of known physical features and key areas of special value to tourism operators 7.1 Tourism operators will identify features and areas significant to their business in operating plans submitted to tenuring agencies The Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, in cooperation with First Nations, Land and Water BC, Ministry of Forests, and other relevant agencies will be the keeper of information on special features
7.2 First Nations should identify special features and areas during resource planning and consultation so that these are recognized when new tourism developments are being considered by tenuring agencies
7.3 Information collected will be provided to appropriate resource management agencies and industrial operators

Table 1

Underlined sites are priorities for formal Land Act reserves for long term public recreational use. These are identified for consideration by the appropriate agency using referrals to any agencies that may be affected by these designations.

Bighorn site, Thompson River access Blowdown Lake, access point to Stein Park
Burkholder Lake, walk-in fishing Devil's Lake (Siwhe Creek), walk-in alpine lake; Stein Park access
Drynoch Slide addition to Goldpan Park, Thompson River access Grease Hole (Spences Bridge), Thompson River access
Midway Lake (Shulaps) Molybdenite Lake (Texas Creek), isolated subalpine lake
Peridotite Lake (Shulaps), walk-in, Sub-alpine lake Retaskit Lake (Shulaps)
Serpentine Lake (Shulaps) Spences Bridge Wye (opposite Nicola River mouth), access
Thompson River Islands Upper Fountain Lakes, sub-alpine
Fraser River  
Trails initially identified for consideration are:
Blue Creek trail Brett Creek trail
Cariboo Wagon Road trail Cerise Creek trail
McGillivray Pass trail Siwhe Creek trails
Skihist trails (in Park addition) Taylor and Cinnabar Basin trails
Serpentine Ridge trail Old Sheep trail (connecting 9 Mile Ridge & French Bar)
Features initially identified for consideration are:
Lost Valley waterfall Antoine Creek fossil site (if outside PA)
Lytton fossil sites (2) Pavilion fossil site (if outside PA)
Shaw Springs (Drynoch, Thompson River) rock hounding site Siwhe Creek fossil site
Skihist rock hounding site (outside park and addition, location unspecified) Yalakom River fossil site