Mount Robson Provincial Park

The park's namesake

Mount Robson Provincial Park is in Northern British Columbia and is part of the Canadian Rockies. Its focus is the 3,954-metre peak that tells its name. It's one of the world heritage listed national parks in the Canadian Rockies.

Understand

"On every side the snowy heads of mighty hills crowded round, whilst, immediately behind us, a giant among giants, and immeasurably supreme, rose Robson's Peak" (Milton and Cheadle, 1865)

History

Established in 1913, Mount Robson Provincial Park is the second provincial protected area in the province. The Texqakallt First Nations called the peak Yuh-hai-has-kun, "The Mountain of the Spiral Road" owing to the mountain's ringed appearance. Mount Robson was first climbed to the summit in 1913, which with 3000m of pure ascent, is an impressive feat. Roy Fredrick Hargreaves settled in the area in the late 1800's and built some cabins near the foot of the mountain. During his settlement he developed the berg lake trail.

Landscape

As you might expect, the park's landscape is quite mountainous, although there are some low flat marshlands around Moose Lake. The portion of the park most seen by travellers follows a long narrow valley from Tete Jaune Cache up to the headwaters of the Fraser River and beyond to Jasper. You will likely not recognize the Fraser River if your first impression is of the large, slow, lumbering waterway that flows into the Strait of Georgia in Vancouver. In this area the Fraser is a fast moving glacier fed river in its infancy, just beginning its 1400 km (870 mi) journey which drains 220,000 square kilometres of British Columbia.

Flora and fauna

A brief survey of mammals native to this area include grizzly and black bears, caribou, wolverines, mule deer, whitetail deer, moose, elk, wolf, and coyote. There are also over 182 species of bird and waterfowl, 4 amphibians and one reptile native to the area.

Get in

Park entrance

Fees/Permits

See

Do

Hiking

Mount Robson Provincial Park offers everything from short day hikes to week long backcountry expeditions that meet up with Jasper National Parks trail system.

Climbing

Mount Robson is 3954m. Only experienced professional climbers should attempt this climb. Because if its size, Robson must be climbed over the course of several days. Weather is a major factor on Mount Robson turning many a climber back.

Fishing

There are opportunities for fishing at Moose Lake and Yellowhead Lake. There is seasonal flyfishing along the Fraser and Moose rivers. Species include Dolly Varden, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee and Whitefish. A fishing license is required and is available at the Visitor Centre.

Eat and Drink

Café Mount Robson located across from the visitor centre.

Camping

Backcountry

Please practice leave-no-trace camping.

Stay safe

The wildlife in this park can be hazardous, especially if with their young. Do not approach bears, moose or caribou. Many of the trails travel through extreme terrain so utmost care should be taken when hiking alongside cliffs and over wet rocks. It is recommended to boil all water, and it is illegal (and dangerous) to pick and eat mushrooms and berries in this park. When hiking in the backcountry you should always register your itinerary with park staff, and carry adequate supplies including first-aid gear.

Go next

Routes through Mount Robson Provincial Park

Prince George Tete Jaune Cache  W  E  Jasper Edmonton


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