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Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
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Tweedsmuir Provincial Park covers an area of more than 981,000 hectares. It is the largest park in British Columbia bordered by the vividly coloured Rainbow Range on its eastern boundary and the rugged Coast Mountains on its western extremity.
Tweedsmuir Park was named in honour of the 15th Governor General of Canada, John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield & created on May 21, 1938.
John Buchan was a lawyer, newpaperman, & politician however, he is better known for authoring the secret-service thriller ’39 Steps’ (1915) which was made all the more popular with Alfred Hitchcock’s film version in 1935.
Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie travelled through the area in 1793 on his search for an overland route to the Pacific Ocean.
The Nuxalk First Nations (of the Bella Coola Valley), & Ulkatcho First Nations (of the Chilcotin Plateau) were instrumental in assisting Mackenzie’s party. Being led along an ancient trade route, or ‘grease trail’, Mackenzie and his men were able to successfully make it from the plateau down to the valley floor, where they were transported on the Bella Coola River to the Pacific (at Dean Channel).
The Great Bear Chalet offers guests the opportunity to reserve 5 day guided backpacking trips into the spectacular backcountry of South Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
Please visit our ‘Wilderness Hiking‘ page for more details.