Posted by: cherylyoung | May 10, 2012

Ts’yl-os Provincial Park provides visitiors with a great diversity in both Land and Wildlife

Ts’yl-os Provincial Park provides visitiors with

 a great diversity in both land and wildlife

Bounded by rugged peaks of the Coastal Mountains

 to the west, and the dry Interior Plateau to the

 east, Ts’yl-os Provincial Park provides visitors

with a great diversity in both land and wildlife.

 Ts’yl-os (pronounced sigh-loss), was originally

established as an area to protect endangered

 wildlife and to promote wilderness recreation

activities.

Within the park, Chilko Lake consumes most of the

 area, as it is the largest, natural, high-elevation,

 freshwater lake in Canada.

 Due to the size of this lake, only experienced boaters

 and kayakers should attempt Chilko Lake, due to the

unpredictable winds and other challenges such as

 high waves, icy waters, and a shortage of safe

 landing areas.

Chilko Lake is home to rainbow trout, bull trout and

 sockeye salmon.

 Various other streams and rivers feed the Chilko

 and Taseko systems, and support whitefish.

 In the fall, spawning salmon can be observed

struggling up the Chilko River at the north end of

 Chilko Lake.

Visitors are able to choose from two small campgrounds

 that tend to fill quickly in the summer months;

 Gwa Da Ts’ih and Nu Chugh Beniz.

Facilities provided include pit toilets, picnic tables,

 fire pits, firewood, and water. Nu Chugh Beniz

Campground is situated at Chilko Lake’s midpoint

 and is reached via Hanceville, 42 km west of Riske

 Creek 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 on a good gravel road. Fees are collected

 from May to September 30.

Please note that no fee or services are provided after

 September 30th; campers can still access the

 campgrounds with self-contained units and be user

maintained.

In Ts’yl-os Provincial Park, experienced hikers can

 undertake a four- to six-day loop trek through the

 Yohetta Valley, Spectrum Pass, and Tchaikazan

 Valley.

The easiest approach is from the Tchaikazan

 trailhead.

To reach the trailhead, turn south at Elkin Creek

 about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Hanceville

 on Hwy 20.

 An alternative approach is via Chilko Lake and the

Rainbow Creek Trail, which connects with the Yohetta-

Spectrum-Tchaikazan Trail, a difficult 3-hour,

 4-mile (6.5-km) hike.

Also in the park at the north end of Chilko Lake, the

 well-marked Tullin Mountain Trail

 (easy; 7.5 miles/12 km return) starts at the Gwa Da Ts’ih

campground.

This excellent day hike has an elevation gain of

2,400 feet (730 m).

Note: Since Ts’yl-os is a wilderness park with limited

services, all hikers should be experienced in the

 backcountry and well equipped for route finding,

 first aid, and survival situations.

 The chance of encountering grizzly bears is much

 higher in Ts’yl-os Park than elsewhere in this region.

 Be bear aware.

 Because of the diverse landscapes of the park,

 visitors are also able to see a variety of wildlife

including black bear, moose, mountain goat, cougar

 and bald eagles.

www.bcadayatatime.com  BC A DAY AT A TIME

CHERYL HOLMES  YOUNG, REALTOR, 

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C

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