Ts’yl-Os Provincial Park (Gwa Da Ts'ih)

 

Ts’yl-Os (pronounced “sigh-loss”) Provincial Park protects a vast area of undisturbed wilderness in the Chilcotin Region and contains soaring mountains, countless glaciers, clear streams, and lush alpine meadows. The park also encompasses Chilko Lake, a stunningly beautiful high-elevation lake framed with snow-capped mountain peaks. The park is located on the border of two climatic zones, with a drier climate dominating the north section of the park, and a wetter climate typical of the Coast Mountains prevalent in the south portion. Despite the difficulty of access and rustic facilities, this park is a destination of choice for many rugged outdoor adventurers. Famed for its beauty, the turquoise Chilko Lake is a popular kayaking route; whitewater kayaking and rafting are also available on Chilko River at the north end of the lake. The lake contains good numbers of large bull and rainbow trout, and fishing is another popular pastime here. There are many kilometres of hiking trails at this park, ranging from short excursions to multi-day backpacking trips. Some of these trails are also used by mountain bikers and horseback riders.

There are two vehicle-accessible campgrounds at this park: Nu Chugh Beniz and Gwa Da Ts'ih. Gwa Da Ts'ih campground is located at the north tip of Chilko Lake and offers 8 rustic campsites. To reach this campground, turn off Highway 20 at Tatla Lake and drive 63 km southeast on rough gravel roads. Ts’yl-Os Park Lodge, located near this campground, offers guided horseback riding and flyfishing trips. The nearest store is at Tatla Lake.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping - - - - Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - Boat Launch - - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - Climbing - Horse Riding - Hunting Winter Recreation - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 8, reservable: 0, nearest town: Williams Lake (approx. 200 km)

Additional Information

Location

To reach the Gwa Da Ts\'ih campground, turn off Highway 20 at Tatla Lake and drive 63 km southeast on rough gravel roads.

Contact Information

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Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $5.00 per senior couple/night.

Operation Dates

This campground is open year round, but no services such as water and firewood are offered in the off-season.

Campground dates with full fees and services: June 15 - October 31.

Due to bear hazards, Gwa Da Ts\'ih campground may be closed during salmon spawning season (mid-August to mid-September).

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

The campgrounds at this park run on a self registration system. Drop boxes are available for campers to deposit their overnight camping fees.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

A concrete boat launch is available at Gwa Da Ts'ih campground.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

There are good fishing opportunities for rainbow and bull trout in Chilco Lake.

Hiking

Hiking

There are several trails at this park, ranging from 4 hours to several days. The backcountry of Ts'yl-Os Park is recommended for experienced travellers only who are equipped for trail finding, first aid, and survival situations. Hiking routes are not maintained and there are no facilities.

Swimming

Swimming

There is no developed sandy beach, and the water is very cold.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Kayaking is popular on Chilko Lake. However, the lake is often subject to unpredictable winds and strong waves; the lake should only be navigated by experienced kayakers and boaters. Canoeing on Chilko Lake is not recommended.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Mountain biking is allowed on designated roads and low elevation trails.

Climbing

Climbing

There are climbing opportunities available at the south end of Chilko Lake; however they are remote and hard to access.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

There is horseback riding at this park, although trails are neither maintained nor marked. Ts%u2019yl-Os Park Lodge, located at the north end of Chilco Lake near the Gwa Da Ts'ih campground offers guided horseback riding tours.

Hunting

Hunting

The park is open to hunting. Please refer to the British Columbia Hunting Regulations for more information.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There are cross country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities at this park, however there are no set trails.

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