Highlights and main attractions of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
An area of vast changes in landscape, from colourful eroded lava domes and rugged coast mountains to alpine forests and deep ocean fjords, Tweedsmuir Park truly is backcountry. Famous for having one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears in the world, the variation between climate and vegetation zones creates many habitats for wildlife and some stunning surrounding terrains.
Named after John Buchan, Lord of Tweedsmuir, technically Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is split into North (475,000 hectares) and South (506,000 hectares), making a total area of 981,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, on the outskirts of the Bella Coola Valley. The north has very limited access via floatplane or hiking, however the south is cut by highway 20, so it is a little easier to access. This does not mean, however, that area is not as wild, and it is blessed with stunning meadows, hidden lakes and swift rivers, as well as high alpine regions and glaciated mountain ranges. There is also the Rainbow Range, a stunning mix of orange, red and yellow, formed by an enormous eroded lava dome and fragmented rock, where specific minerals were involved in the volcanic formation.
Here you can find Hunlen Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada named after a Chilcotin Chief named ‘Hana-lin’ who used to fish below it.