Best Kakwa Provincial Park Horseback Riding

The MOST popular equestrian trail in British Columbia.

  British Columbia, Canada


  July 4, 2016

North of McBride near Valemount, the Kakwa Provincial Park has numerous trails open to hiking and horseback riding. These trails are not marked or maintained. The park is home to both grizzly and black bears, along with moose and elk. The trails provide access to 12 walk-in campsites.

There is an area at the south end of Kakwa Lake designated for horse traffic camping (East side of Wapumum Creek). The site has a pit toilet and fire circle, horse users are requested to cross Wapumun Creek at one specially marked location only: at the blue bamboo poles near the north end of the creek where it flows into Kakwa Lake. The creek is a crucial spawning creek for the Rainbow trout that inhabit Kakwa Lake, and horses crossing along the creek would damage the spawning beds. Horse users please do not let horses swim in the lake in front of the cabin as this area is a source of drinking water for park visitors.

To reach the park from Prince George/McBride: Access is possible via the Walker Creek Forestry Road,

135 kilometres east of Prince George, or 70 kilometres west of McBride on Hwy 16.

Kilometre 0.0 Junction of Hwy 16 and Walker Creek Forest Road.

Kilometre 5.2 Walker Creek Forest Road crosses the Fraser River.

Kilometre 32.0 The road meets the McGregor River and follows the river upstream.

Kilometre 43.0 The road starts to get rough from this point. In wet conditions a four-wheel drive vehicle is required.

Kilometre 73.0 The road meets Bastille Creek. Beyond here sections of the road can get very rough.

Kilometre 85.0 Public road ends at Buchanan Creek. No motorized vehicles past this point.

Kilometre 85.0 Entering Kakwa Provincial Park.

Kilometre 100.0 Right fork to campsite and Park Headquarters. Left fork to Old Tote Road.

Kilometre 103.0 Kakwa Lake campsite and Park Headquarters.

Overall, Kakwa Provincial Park is the 1st most popular horse trail of all 4 horseback rides in British Columbia.

Local Contacts:  Kakwa Provincial Park (780) 538-5350; BC Visitors (800) 435-5622; Canadian Tourism (800) 577-2266

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Base Camp:  Wilderness campsites

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  7/4/2016

ID:  20795

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