Skihist Provincial Park

IUCN Category II - National Park

Skihist Provincial Park

The Skihist Provincial Park is a provincial park in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The 386 -acre park is located eight kilometers east of Lytton on the Trans - Canada Highway in the Thompson - Nicola Regional District.


The park is located on the south shore in the narrow valley of the Thompson River, which has cut deep into the landscape here. On both banks of the river runs a railway line, on the south bank also leads the Trans - Canada Highway along which divides the park into a small picnic area on the river bank and in the nearby hillside campground. In the park is a protected area category II (National Park).


The park is a section of the built 1862-1865 Cariboo Wagon Road (Highway 97), led by Yale to the gold mines in the Cariboo Mountains. The park was established on 16 March 1956 as a 33 -acre campsite for travelers on the Trans - Canada Highway. Since this highway section lost by the built in the 1980s Coquihalla Highway in importance and the campground itself is no longer corresponded to modern standards, the site has been upgraded and on 19 May 2010 increases the area of the park to 386 acres. This is the park for campers who operate rafting on the Thompson River, fishing or to exercise other leisure activities become more attractive.

Flora and Fauna

The park is located in the dry, warm and low rainfall interior of British Columbia. The park is mostly forested with ponderosa pines. The region is home to a herd of elk, also occur in the mountains bighorn sheep and black bears. The park is an excellent place for bird watching, according to Park Administration occur 29 bird species in the park area.


The campground has 58 sites for RVs and tents and has a simple plumbing system. Run from the campground two trails with a total of eight kilometers in length, one of which leads to a lookout while the other is a circular route.