The halfway point between Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge is marked by Gwillim Lake Provincial Park. Gwillim Lake is deep, blue, and cold. People with high metabolisms will find a dip in the lake refreshing; others will find it bone-chilling.
The majority of people who come to Gwillim, though, come to kick back, relax, and get out on the water, in a canoe, kayak, or boat, where tremendous views open up west towards the Rocky Mountains.
More adventurous types can follow the unmaintained hiking trails that lead around the lake and deeper into the park, either as a day hike or as a short backpacking trek. Anglers can cast a line for bull trout, arctic grayling or northern pike.
The overall location of Gwillim Lake Provincial Park provides one the ability to see a diverse mixture of both coniferous and deciduous tree species. Lodgepole pine, white spruce, trembling aspen and paper birch are usually found along the lakeshore. Together with low wetlands the tree species vary within this provincial park.
This park provides a beautiful wooded campsite for those who need to get away, yet still enjoy it all! Gwillim Lake Provincial Park has 49 vehicle/tent campsites and a boat ramp. Only basic facilities are provided – picnic tables, pit toilets, fire pits, firewood and water. Some facilities are also wheelchair accessible. The park is open from May to September and fees are collected during this time.
Gwillim Lake is located 56 km southeast of Chetwynd in Northern British Columbia. When driving on Highway 97, turn off onto Highway 29 and drive south until a paved access is reached.