Moose Valley Provincial Park is located in the South Cariboo region of British Columbia. This rustic 6,177 acre park (2500 ha) consists of a rolling landscape with several lakes and wetlands scattered throughout, with Maitland Lake being the largest. Moose Valley is considered to be a wilderness park as it is rarely service or patrolled. The roads are rough and four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended.
The Moose Valley Canoe Chain is one of the main attractions for visitors to the park. Those that venture down the canoe chain will have the opportunity to explore twelve of the parks lakes, wetlands, and sphagnum bogs. While exploring the canoe chain or the hiking trails within the park, expect to encounter wildlife, from the many different types of birds to deer and moose. In the winter, the park is a great location for cross-country skiing and other winter activities.
There are both developed and undeveloped campsites at Moose Valley. If planning to camp, expect a rugged camping experience. There are no services and all campsites are user maintained. The rough roads make it unadvisable for large RVs or travel trailers. You’ll want to pack extra supplies and ensure you have enough fuel to make the 30 minute drive to the closest town. The park does not take reservations. Campsites are available on a first-come, first served basis only.
Moose Valley Provincial Park is in a remote location. The nearest town to the park is 100 Mile House which is about a 19 mile (31 km) drive east. About six hours northeast of Vancouver, Moose Valley is a great destination for a long weekend in the wilderness or for a stop in during a road trip.
The road leading to the park is rough and a 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is recommended. The park is unsuitable for large RVs or travel trailers. Though Moose Valley is open year-round, the park road is not maintained during the winter. Be sure to check the weather and road conditions before heading out to enjoy winter activities.
Camping at Moose Valley Provincial Park is perfect for those looking to truly rough it. The rustic campsites at Marks Lake are developed. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, as well as a vehicle parking spot. Additional campsites are located at Maitland Lake. For visitors planning to explore the canoe chain, there are undeveloped camping areas along Canoe and Long Lakes. Some of these undeveloped sites are accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles as well.
The campsites are not suitable for those with large rigs. All sites are available on a first-come, first served basis. Campsites are user maintained, meaning you must take out what you bring in.
There are no hookups or water at the park. Come prepared with extra supplies and water. Pit toilets are located at both the Maitland and Marks Lake campsites. Pets are not allowed at Moose Valley as they may be a disturbance to wildlife and could cause a bear problem for you or other nearby campers.
The Moose Valley Canoe Chain is popular with park visitors. The many lakes, wetlands, and sphagnum bogs can be explored by canoe. Twelve lakes are connected in the canoe chain with a few portages, including Boulder Portage, which is as rocky as the name indicates. Watch your step! Also along the canoe chain are undeveloped campsites to stop at and rest for the night.
Moose Valley Provincial Park is a fantastic spot for birdwatching enthusiasts. The calls of loons can be heard from the many lakes in the park, though Maitland Lake has the highest loon population. Ducks and many other types of waterfowl can be observed from the lakes as well. On land, woodpeckers, owls, and various types of songbirds frequent the park.
There are several hiking trails in the park leading to the many lakes. The main access road becomes too rough to travel at a certain point, but hikers can make the 20-minute trek to Maitland Lake. While out hiking, enjoy the many lakes and wetlands. Keep an eye open for any wildlife and enjoy seeing the many different types of birds. Be sure to obey signs and do not stray from the trails.
No matter the season, visitors to Moose Valley can expect to see wildlife in the park. Beavers reside in the park near the many lakes. Black bears and moose are known to the area as well. Be sure to keep a safe distance from any wildlife you may encounter. Additionally, put away any secure any food items as food may attract bears. Pets are not allowed in the park, even on a leash, as they may also attract bears or disturb other wildlife.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities at Moose Valley. The park trails are not groomed, so those partaking in these activities must make their own path. The road leading to the park is not maintained during the winter. Be sure to check weather conditions before heading out for winter fun.
Hunting is permitted at Moose Valley. The area is good for waterfowl and deer hunting. While out be cautious of bears and other wild animals. Do not leave any waste near the trails or campsites. Be sure to check the hunting and trapping regulations and ensure you have any necessary licensing.