Gwillim Lake Provincial Park, BC

Gwillim Lake Provincial Park is located in the northeast corner of British Columbia, 45 km northwest of Tumbler Ridge B.C. on Highway 29, about midway between Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge. Provides a peaceful outdoor experience set in the Rocky Mountain Foothills.

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Gwillim Lake, BC is deep, blue and cold. The average temperature from May and June is usually around 8 degrees Celsius. The water near the shore is shallow and is considerably warmer. The lake is fairly large and spans across 6 miles from one end to the other. Activities include canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, swimming, hiking, and fishing. Anglers can try their luck for bull trout, lake trout, northern pike, mountain white fish, burbot and grayling.

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Gwillim Lake, BC was named after Professor John Cole Gwillim who was appointed professor of mining at Queen's University at Kingston in 1903. His work included exploring the coal lands in this area and oil fields of Alberta for the CPR and later in 1919, field work for the British Columbia government. He created a map of the Tumbler Ridge area which included the "Rocky Mountain Lake" and died shortly after in 1920. That lake was renamed Gwillim Lake in 1921 in his memory.

Gwillim Lake Park was established in 1971 and is 32,326 ha. in size. Elephant Ridge is also included in the park.


When you need a break, you can park your boat on the banks of Gwillim Lakes near the Boat Launch Area.

The Pat O'Reilly Outdoor/ Environmental Studies Centre is located on the southside of Gwillim Lake operated by School District #59, Peace River South. It is a privately run camp not open to the general public.

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From Gwillim Lake BC, you can travel Highway 29 to Chetwynd which is about 89 kilometres. Another way to get to Gwillim Lake from Dawson Creek is by Highway 52 that goes to Tumbler Ridge and then along Highway 29 to Gwillim Lake Provincial Park.

Near the entrance of the Gwillim Lake Provincial Park, you can see the beautiful scenery of trees, mountains and lake, plus at least 18 Wind Turbines that are visible from the Gwillim Lake viewpoint. Gwillim Lake BC.

At Gwillim Lake Provincial Park you can purchase firewood or you can bring your own.

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