Boya Lake Provincial Park
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Introduction

Featuring fantastic recreation and an impressive balance of nature and scenic camping, Boya Lake Provincial Park (also known as Tā Ch’ilā Provincial Park) is a must see RV-destination. The park, which was first established in November of 1965, lies within the traditional region of the Kaska Dene First Nation, who to this day still live in and around the settlement of Good Hope Lake. The fascinating landscape of this park was formed by glaciers around 8,000 years ago and they left gravel ridges (known as eskers) and pothole lakes in and around the area.

The natural highlight of the park is Boya Lake. This lovely body of water is one of the few lakes in the north of British Columbia that is warm enough for swimming and it is known for having a beautiful color and pristine clarity. This is due to the bottom of the lake featuring a mix of marl, silt and shell fragments. The lake is the main recreational activity hub and there are opportunities for you to go swimming, boating and fishing. Along with the lake the park also offers two short hiking trails, a mountain bike trail and countless bays and islands to discover by watercraft.

The campground at Boya Lake Provincial Park is known for being one of the best in the region for RV camping. In total there are 44 sites at this campground, three of which are disability accessible. The sites feature great spacing, are pretty level and the interior road is wide. All sites are primitive and can be reserved online. Peak season at Boya Lake Provincial Park runs from mid-May until September.

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Transportation in Boya Lake Provincial Park

Driving

Boya Lake Provincial Park is located in the north-western region of British Columbia and is situated around 10 miles (16km) north-east miles west of Good Hope Lake. The park has one entry and exit point that is serviced by the Stewart-Cassier Highway, which runs alongside the eastern side of the park.

Since the park isn't located within close proximity to any large towns or cities we recommend that you pick up supplies and take advantage of services and amenities before driving to the park. If you want to explore around the region there are a few small towns nearby, including Good Hope Lake (around 10 miles or 16 kms away), Porter Landing (around 67 miles or 109 kms away) and Lower Post (around 82 miles or 132 kms away).

Accessing the park is a little tricky as the highway that leads you to the park is known for being gravel roads in parts and a little bumpy. The road into the campground (which is located south of the park on Wasa Lake Park Road) is also kept in very good condition and it is also very wide to allow for ease of turning. During the winter the park remains open until the snow covers the road. If you do plan on visiting the park during winter make sure you call the park in advance to confirm that there will still be access available.

Parking

There is plenty of parking available at Boya Lake Provincial Park.

Public Transport

There are no public transport options that will take you to Boya Lake Provincial Park.

Campgrounds and parking in Boya Lake Provincial Park

Campsites in Boya Lake Provincial Park

Reservations camping

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Boya Lake Campground

Boya Lake Campground is the only RV friendly campground at the park and is located right next to the beautiful lake. The campground has 44 sites that are a mixture of pull-through and standard sites that are well spaced, offer great privacy and feature easy access to the lake. All sites are primitive so there are no water, electric or sewer hookups for you to use during your stay.

Despite this there are still some great amenities within the campground, including pit toilets, picnic tables, fire pits and water collection points. The campground is also pet friendly and has overflow parking available if you need it.

Please note that due to the popularity of the park you will have a difficult time being able to secure a lakeside campsite unless you reserve well ahead of time. Reservations can be made online or by calling the park. If you don't have a reservation sites are also available on a first come, first served basis. During the winter the campground closes so make sure that you plan your visit between mid-May and September so that you can experience the lovely campground.

Seasonal activities in Boya Lake Provincial Park

In-Season

Picnicking

Boya Lake is a picture perfect picnic location that is stocked with amenities that will make your relaxing day out a lot fun. There is a day use picnic area located adjacent to Boya Lake that contains picnic tables, fire rings, and a large picnic shelter that is available for you to use free of charge. If you are looking to entertain the little ones there is also a small playground located near the picnic area. Please note that the picnic shelter is not available for reservations so make sure that you arrive early in the day to secure your spot.

Boating

Visitors to the park also have the opportunity to do boating during their stay. The lake is an incredible place to paddle or take a boat out due to the limitless choices of exploration that you will have. Another great thing about the park is that canoe and kayak rentals will be available throughout the summer months so you don't even have to bring your own watercraft! If you do bring your own boat there is a boat ramp you can use that is located south-east of the campground.

Swimming

Love to swim? Boya Lake is one of the few lakes in the north of British Columbia that is warm enough for swimming so you should make the most of it! On the lake you will find a dock at the day use area that is known as the swimming area. Along with the day-use area there are multiple bays you can go for a dip in if you want to do some exploring. Please be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty so make sure that you swim to your abilities.

Off-Season

Mountain Biking

We recommend that you bring your bike to the park if you love to ride as there is a marked mountain biking route on old ATV trails in the park. The route goes around Boya Lake and is approximate15 miles (25 km) long so you will be able to explore a lot of the park. Please note that a small portion of the route is on the Highway 37 and you must wear a helmet when riding in in British Columbia. There are no guarantees that bike rentals will be available during your stay so call ahead to the park office to double check.

Hiking

While there aren't any mountainous trails that will test experienced hikers there are two short interpretive walking trails suitable for seniors and children available at Boya Lake Provincial Park. Both of the trails are around one mile in length (one and a half km). The Lakeshore Trail leaves from the north end of the campground and will take you on a lovely walk near the edge of the lake. The Beaver Lodge Trail leaves from the south end of the park and will give you the chance to see more of the wooded areas of the park.

Fishing

If you are a fan of trying to catch the big one then you will be happy with your visit to Boya Lake Provincial Park. The lake is home to a variety of fish, including lake char, round whitefish, burbot, northern suckers, and sculpins. Since the park is in a remote location if you don't already have a British Columbia fishing license we recommend you pick one up before starting your journey to the park. This is because there are limited fishing licence vendors on the Highway 37 corridor so you may not be able to get one before you make it to the park.

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