Top of the World Provincial Park

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The area now known as the Top Of The World Provincial Park was once the home of the Upper Kutenai Indians. This 8 791 hectare Park is an alpine region of great beauty. Most of the Top of the World Plateau is at an elevation of above 2 200 metres.

To the east of the Park stands the Van Nostrand mountain range and to the west are the jagged peaks of the Hughes Range. Forest cover consists of alpine fir, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, Sitka elder, alpine larch, white bark pine and spruce. Alpine flowers carpet much of the plateau. Photographers and animal lovers alike will not be disappointed, as the Park is home to numerous species of birds and big game. Weather conditions are typically "Rocky Mountain", temperatures varying greatly between summer and winter, even night and day.

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This Park is located in the Kootenay Range of the Rocky Mountains, 48 kilometres as the crow flies from Kimberley. There are two routes to the Fish Lake area, both utilizing logging roads that are accessible from late May to mid-November.

From the south via Ram Creek A very rough road. Turn onto Sheep Creek Road 400 metres north of Skookumchuk on Highway 93/95. At kilometre 9.6, take the right fork, cross the Lassier River and continue past the cattleguard. At km 27.7 turn right and stay on this road until km 52. The trail into the park starts here.

From the north via Whiteswan Lake Turn east off of Highway 93/95, 4.5 km south of Canal Flats. At km 21.3 take the fork to the right, then at km 29.6 turn right and cross Coyote Creek. Go straight ahead at km 30.7 and stay on the main road to km 52. The trail begins here.

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BC Parks
District Manager
Box 118
Wasa, BC VOB 2KO
Telephone (250) 422 4200
Facsimile (250) 422 3326


Camping - There are four locations where camping is permitted in this Park - the junction of Nicol Creek and Lussier River, Sayles Meadows, Fish Lake and at the campsite at Coyote Creek. A cabin which accommodates up to 25 guests is found at Fish Lake and designated campsites are found around the lake.

Fishing & Boating - Fish Lake is noted for its cutthroat and Dolly Varden fishery. Although there is a bait ban at present, angling with flies and lures is permitted.

Hiking & Trails - Because trails provide the only access to the park and to its attractions, there are many located throughout Top of the World, all varying is stages of difficulty. Some include the Parking Area to Fish Lake, 6.7 km Fish Lake to Sugarloaf, 7 km; Lakeshore Trail, 2 km; and Fish Lake to Summer Pass, 4 km.

Other Activities - Horses are permitted in the park on the Coyote Creek, Galbraith and Fish Lake horse trails. An intermediate cross-country ski trail from Nicol Creek crossing to Fish Lake is accessible during winter months.

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