Visitors - Important Notice!
- The Klastline bridge along the Klastline River
Trail, is impassable. Please use an alternate route.
Mount Edziza Provincial Park encompasses over 230,000 hectares
of the Tahltan Highlands in northwestern British Columbia.
This remote park showcases a spectacular volcanic landscape
that includes lava flows, basalt plateaus, cinder fields and
cinder cones. At an elevation of 2,787 metres, Mount Edziza
is an outstanding feature of this rugged and arresting domain.
Mount Edziza, whose peak reaches 2,787 metres, is a composite
volcano consisting of thin basalt flows and a central dome
of andesite, dacite and rhyolite with a glaciated crater nearly
2,500 metres in diameter. The eruption that built the mountain
and its central cone began four million years ago. Successive
lava flows raised the dome above the encircling plateau and
spread lava over an area 65 kilometres by 25 kilometres. The
last basalt flow occurred only 10,000 years ago, at which
time it solidified in place and plugged the central vent.
In the years since Mount Edziza became dormant, numerous
small eruptions have taken place around it, creating more
than 30 cinder cones. Perfectly symmetrical Eve Cone rises
150 metres above the plateau, as do aptly named Coffee and
Cocoa craters. It is estimated that these cones were formed
no more than 1,300 years ago and are basically unaltered by
erosion and devoid of vegetation.
There are also five significant lakes within the park. Mowdade,
Mowchilla, Kakiddi and Nuttlude form a chain along the eastern
boundary, while Buckley Lake is on the northern border. All
the lakes except Mowdade drain north into the Klastine River,
a tributary of the Stikine.
To the south, Raspberry Pass separates the Edziza area
from the Spectrum Range. Formed from lava flows, these
mountains are named for their brilliant red, yellow, white
and purple rock. This altered rhyolite resulted from staining
by sulphurous mineral waters. Subsequent erosion has resulted
in the combination of many hues, giving the landscape
the appearance of a vast water colour. There is no vehicle
access to Mount Edziza Provincial Park, and there are
only a very few basic facilities. This isolated wilderness
area, which can only be accessed via trails or a float
plane, offers wilderness
camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, nature study, and
hectares for the Park and 4,000 hectares for the Recreation
Edziza Provincial Park is a magnificent, unspoiled wilderness
that needs your help to protect it. Enjoy your visit
but be sure to take special care to preserve the park's
unique environment so that future visitors may enjoy
it as you have.
- The volcanic
cinder cones on Edziza Plateau are delicate and subject
to surface scarring from foot traffic. If you must climb
Eve’s Cone or other cinder cones, please stay
on established routes. A designated route has been established
on the north-east ridge of Eve’s Cone.
aircraft (other than floatplanes) are not permitted
to land within Mount Edziza Provincial Park as there
are no landing strips within the park.
permitted air charter companies are authorized to fly
into Mount Edziza Provincial Park.
Pacific Seaplanes (formerly known as Harbour Air)
Float plane base located on Tatogga Lake near Iskut,
BC (250) 234-3525 or call Tatogga Lake Resort at
Pacific Western Helicopters Ltd. Dease Lake, BC
Helicopters Ltd. Smithers, BC (250) 847-9444
Vancouver Island Helicopters Ltd. Head Office, Sidney,
BC (250) 656-3987
A Letter of Permission is required for individuals or
groups who wish to use horses within Mount Edziza Provincial
Park. To obtain a Letter of Permission, please contact
the BC Parks Stikine Area Office at (250) 771-4591.
If there is no answer, please leave a detailed message
stating your request for a letter of Permission, your
name, contact information and the date you wish to visit
the park. BC Parks will return the call as soon as possible.
Topographic Series Map Sheets 104G/7/8W/9W/1014E/15E/15W
and 16W, all at a scale of 1:50,000, cover the Mount
Edziza area. These maps are available from Government
Agents and most map retailers in British Columbia.
Edziza Provincial Park is a remote wilderness area with
no supplies of any kind. There is no vehicle access. Telegraph
Creek to the northwest is the nearest community, and the
only road connection to there is via secondary road to
Dease Lake, 113 kilometres northeast on Highway 37. The
park is about 500 kilometres north of Kitwanga, on Highway
16. Dease Lake, via Highways 16 and 37, is approximately
600 kilometres north of Terrace. From Dease Lake to Watson
Lake is about 245 kilometres. A 50-unit campground is
located in Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park, at the south
end of the lake and adjacent to Highway 37.
to Mount Edziza Provincial Park comes via several
overland hiking routes or through one of the float plane
or helicopter companies that service the area.
Any maps listed are for
information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be
used for navigation.
- History - On the east
bank of Mess Creek and through Raspberry Pass are the remnants of
the Yukon Telegraph line which was constructed to provide a communications
link as far north as Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush.
The telegraph line was in use until 1936 when it was replaced by
radio.All that remains are a few poles and collapsed line cabins
which once stood every 32 kilometres along the route. The trail
is overgrown and no longer passable.
Heritage - Prehistorically
the area was heavily used by aboriginal peoples, who manufactured
obsidian cutting blades and projectile points and traded them throughout
- Conservation - Along
the park's western boundary, Mess Creek flows north to enter the Stikine
River three kilometres below the community of Telegraph Creek. Eleven
kilometres upstream from this confluence, Mess Creek plunges into
a gorge nearly 800 metres deep. To the north of the park boundary,
the Stikine River, which means "Great River" in the language of the Tlingit Indians, has carved a tremendous, Grand Canyon-style passage through eons of volcanic and sedimentary rock deposits. Tree types and vegetation will change with elevations. Telegraph Creek to Buckley Lake area is characterized by a mosaic of shrub fields, wet grasslands and peat meadows. This zone has long, severe winters with deeply frozen soils and short growing seasons. The forests in the lower elevation valleys, Mess Creek and the Kakiddi/Klastline drainage are composed of white spruce as the dominant conifer with an intermixing of lodgepole pine and trembling aspen on the drier sites. On the wetter sites, balsam poplar is also found, in particular, adjacent to creeks, lakes and on delta soils. Between elevations of 900 and 1800 metres, the winters are cold and snowy, the summers are short and warm. The soils in this area are commonly frozen before snowfall.
- Wildlife - Moose are probably the most common large animals in the area. Small herds of Osborn caribou may be seen in the alpine and sub-alpine vegetation zones on the west side of the plateau between Mount Edziza and the western escarpment. Mountain goats and Stone sheep can often be viewed on the south, east and west slopes of Mount Edziza, particularly on the western escarpment and in the Spectrum Range. Visitors may encounter black and grizzly bears. Grizzlies are occasionally seen above timberline where arctic ground squirrels are abundant. Wolves are sometimes seen or heard. Buckley Lake supports a large waterfowl and shorebird population, which are but a portion of the wide variety of bird species that can be seen in the park. The more conspicuous birds in Mount Edziza include the raven, owl, gyrfalcon, ptarmigan (willow and rock), grouse and migratory songbirds. Typical waterfowl species include goldeneye, grebe, white winged scooter and scaup.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
is short at Mount Edziza Provincial Park, where snow
lingers year-round on Mount Edziza itself. Although
temperatures may hit the 30°C range in mid-summer during
the day, it can drop below freezing that same night.
Snow and freezing rain are possible any day of the year.
Generally, weather suitable for backpacking occurs between
July 1 and September 15. Be prepared for adverse weather
conditions that can include white-outs and high winds.
Be sure to build a weather factor into your trip plans.
is an isolated wilderness area with no supplies of any
kind and visitors are very much on their own. Suitable
clothing offering protection from wind, cold and rain
are essential, as well as equipment for outdoor living.
Travellers should be equipped with a compass and topographic
maps (see above) for the routes they plan to travel.
It should be noted, however, that on the plateau, magnetic
properties in the rocks may affect the accuracy of your
packs can obscure the trail on the plateau and cause
the creeks to rise on warm days. Always use extreme
caution when crossing creeks. Hiking or taking shortcuts
through the lava fields is not recommended because it
is very difficult and potentially unsafe.
containers are recommended for the safe storage of food
above the tree line on the plateau area. There are bear-proof
metal caches available for public use located at Mowdade
and Buckley Lakes.
Safety Information (park
safety, hazards, wildlife safety information, health risks)
parks that accept reservations,
all vehicle accessible campsites (with the exception of
group sites) must be reserved through Discover
are not accepted at this park, all campsites are on a first-come,
first-served basis. For parks that accept reservations or
information on the reservation service, click
Parks: Fees, park listings, what
you should know before you go and other useful links.
vehicle accessible camping facilities at this park.
backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed. There
are a few basic facilities such as fire rings and
“open-air”, backcountry style toilets
located at the Buckley Lake and Mowdade Lake campsites.
There are bear-proof metal food caches for public
use, located at the Buckley Lake and Mowdade Lake
day-use or picnic facilities.
are no wheelchair accessible facilities at this park.
your own drinking water as potable water is not available
in the park.
campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided
at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve
wood and protect the environment by minimizing the
use of fire and using campstoves instead. Limited
burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented.
Please check for campfire bans and the Fire Danger
Rating for the area you are visiting before igniting
a fire in the backcountry. To preserve vegetation
and ground cover, please don't gather firewood from
the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the
park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park
Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element
for many plants and animals and it adds organic
matter to the soil. For more information on campfires
in the backcountry, click
||There are no electrical hook-ups in this park
are no regularly scheduled interpretive programs at
is a hiking trail from Mowdade Lake to Buckley Lake.
For your own safety and the preservation of the park,
obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting
trails destroys plant life and soil structure. Trail
park does not have a playground.
is not recommended at this park. There are no lifeguards
on duty at provincial parks.
are no opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this
park does not have a boat launch.
is good at the park's many lakes. Both Buckley Lake
and the Kakiddi Lakes chain are well populated with
rainbow trout. Special restrictions apply to fishing
in Buckley Lake; check the Freshwater Fishing Synopsis
for details, and for other restrictions in the area.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must
have an appropriate licence.
is not permitted.
Letter of Permission is required for individuals
or groups who wish to use horses within Mount Edziza
Provincial Park. To obtain a Letter of Permission,
please contact the BC Parks Stikine Area Office
at (250) 771-4591. If there is no answer, please
leave a detailed message stating your request for
a letter of Permission, your name, contact information
and the date you wish to visit the park. BC Parks
will return the call as soon as possible.
animals must be on a leash at all times and are not
allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible
for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.Backcountry
areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to
wildlife issues and the potential for problems with
Mount Edziza Provincial Park protects Canada’s
most spectacular volcanic landscape. The park is
also noted for its exceptional wildlife and archaeological
features. Mount Edziza’s true wilderness atmosphere,
outstanding scenery and varied terrain make this
park an excellent place for quality hiking, photography,
and nature study. Lands within the park have an
excellent capability for supporting large populations
winter recreation opportunities.
SCUBA diving or snorkelling opportunities.
Hunting is permitted within Mount Edziza Provincial
Park. Please refer to current British Columbia Hunting
Regulations for seasons and bag limits.
climbing or rock climbing opportunities.
spelunking or caving opportunities.
cabins, yurts or lodges for public use.