Ts’yl-os Provincial Park, a wilderness park south of Hwy 20, approximately 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Williams Lake, has two small campgrounds that tend to fill quickly in the summer months. There are two developed campgrounds located in the northern half of the park.
Nu Chugh Beniz Campground is situated at Chilko Lake’s midpoint and is reached via Hanceville, 26 miles (42 km) west of Riske Creek (pronounced risky) on Hwy 20. The approach is recommended for high-clearance vehicles only.
Gwa Da Ts’ih Campground is at the north end of the park on Chilko Lake, reached via Tatla Lake (150 miles/240 km west of Williams Lake) on a good gravel road. Within the park, Chilko Lake consumes most of the area, as it is the largest, natural, high-elevation, freshwater lake in Canada.
More campsites are available at Bull Canyon Provincial Park, about 6 miles (10 km) west of Alexis Creek off Hwy 20. This peaceful, forested park on the Chilcotin River has vehicle/tent sites. It is a good place for fishing as the surrounding area supports excellent fishing lakes. The aspen forest and wildflowers are beautiful and there is a short walking trail beside the river with birdwatching and wildlife viewing opportunities. Bull Canyon Park is often used as a base to explore the Chilcotin. Bull Canyon is the only provincial campsite along Highway 20 between Williams Lake and Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. There are several Forest Service campgrounds and two private campgrounds on or near this section of Highway 20.
Campsites are located at Loomis and Deerpelt Lakes in Nazko Lake Provincial Park located 100km northwest of Williams Lake off Highway 20.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed in Big Creek Provincial Park located approximately 100 km southwest of Williams Lake. The area is extremely remote, and access is relatively undeveloped. There are routes accessing the area from the north, via Hanceville and Big Creek, and from the south, via Lillooet and Relay Creek. Both routes follow active logging roads; road conditions vary with weather and snow load. Hiking and horse trails lead up Relay Creek and Tyaughton Creek into the park. No facilities are provided – bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park is located in the Chilcotin Uplands east of the Rainbow Range of South Tweedsmuir Park. The park is extremely remote; the closest communities are Anahim Lake, Alexis Creek, Nimpo Lake, Redstone, and Nazko. The closest major centre is Quesnel, located approximately 200km east of the park. No vehicle accessible camping facilities at this park, however wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed. No facilities are provided.
Located 100 km northwest of Quesnel, Kluskoil Lake Provincial Park provides splended opportunities for solitude and privacy.
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, at over 2.2 million acres (895,000 hectares) and one of British Columbia’s biggest parks, is most easily accessed from Highway 20, which bisects the southern half of the park east of Bella Coola. Campgrounds in Tweedsmuir Park (South) are located on the Atnarko River near park headquarters, at the bottom of the Hill and farther west at Fisheries Pool, near Stuie. The Atnarko Campground is situated in a grove of old-growth Douglas fir and is popular with anglers, as is Fisheries Pool Campground. Most trailers and RVs can be accommodated, although no hookups are provided.
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