Over 100,000 acres of beautiful, untamed Rocky Mountains wilderness await travelers heading to the remote Pine Le Moray Provincial Park. Set at the core of the Hart Range, Pine Le Moray is a land of sky-scraping peaks and towering groves of spruce and fir; it is a place where untamed waterways, teaming with native fish, tumble across rapids and through canyons.
The park's character is truly a wild one. Visitors will find no designated trails or canoe routes here. One small, primitive campground sits on the shores of Heart Lake, a deep blue pool of water which offers fantastic fishing and paddling opportunities. Hanging out on the lake or at the beach and day use area, you're likely to spot some of the park's rich fauna - moose, black bear, grizzly bear, caribou, eagles and a host of waterfowl call this region home. If you want to delve any deeper into the park, though, you'll need to head out with map and compass. Hikers, riders, hunters and paddlers can carve out a path for themselves and enjoy a Rocky Mountain adventure like no other. Just make sure you're well-prepared and have sufficient wilderness navigation experience!
Pine Le Moray's Heart Lake Campground sports just thirteen sites, all of which are first-come first-served. The park is open year-round, but the campground is only open from mid-May through mid-September.
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Transportation in Pine Le Moray Provincial Park
Pine Le Moray is located just off of BC-97, between Prince George and Chetwynd. The latter is the nearest large town, and is about 46 miles (74 km) east of the park's campground. Access to the Heart Lake Campground can be gained via a short gravel road that branches off of BC-97 near the park's northeastern corner.
BC-97 heads through mountainous country for much of its length, so there are some steep bits and sharp turns. As this is a major highway, though, nothing should be too challenging, even for those driving larger rigs. The park's access road is flat and well-maintained.
Parking should be a breeze once you've arrived at the campground. Ten of the campground's sites are clustered at the northeast end of the lake, while the remaining three are at the southeast end. Spots are all back-in. Once you're parked, everything along the lake is within easy walking distance, though there is additional parking at the beach/day use area, should you need it.
Campgrounds and parking in Pine Le Moray Provincial Park
Campsites in Pine Le Moray Provincial Park
Heart Lake Campground
Pine Le Moray has one humble, sylvan campground located at Heart Lake. In all, the campground sports just thirteen sites. Most of these can accommodate small to moderate sized RVs and trailers; however, no specific length limits are listed on the park's website (call ahead to ensure your rig will fit in a certain site - though note that all sites are first-come first-served, so it's impossible to ensure you'll get that site). As you might expect from a park located in a remote and rugged wilderness, facilities here are primitive. There are no water, electric or sewage hookups, and there is no sanitary dump station. The campground does have two vault toilets, two water pumps and a garbage collection bin. Each spot comes with a picnic table and fire ring.
The park is too small and remote to be regularly maintained by park staff or a concessionaire, so guests are asked to help with maintenance; just make sure you leave everything in the same condition you found it!
Heart Lake is, of course, easily accessible from the campsite, as are the beach and day use areas. Accessing Mountain or Link Creek will require an un-trailed wilderness trek, while the Pine River can be accessed at several points along BC-97.
The campground is usually open from mid-May to mid-September. As previously mentioned, all spots are first-come first-served.
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Just a couple of short roads pierce the 107,000-acre (43,000 ha) wilderness that is Pine Le Moray Provincial Park. This massive, rugged expanse of mountains and forests sports exactly zero miles of hiking trails. But that won't stop the most intrepid of adventurers. Explore rocky peaks, rushing river and deep woods with a map, compass and GPS. Back-country camping and exploration are welcome, though only recommended for seasoned trekkers. (Remember, too, that grizzly bears inhabit the park!)
Heart Lake offers a far-flug, wilderness fishing experience, yet it is easily accessible by vehicle. You'll feel a million miles from civilization as you cast your line into this pristine mountain lake. Go for a jaunt around the shore and fish from underneath the boughs of towering spruce, or head out to the center of the lake on a canoe. Anglers can expect to pull rainbow and brook trout from Heart - both are restocked frequently.
Or, if you'd prefer river fishing, head to Pine River, Mountain Creek or Link Creek (it may take some bushwhacking to get to the latter two) and fish for bull trout, arctic grayling, mountain whitefish and more.
Of course, wherever you go, make sure you have a proper British Columbia fishing license before making your first cast.
Though small, Heart Lake is a magnificent setting for tranquil paddling deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Take in views of sky-scraping mountains and watch eagles and osprey soar overhead as you sail over the lake's glassy waters. There are no gas-powered boats allowed on the lake, so a quiet atmosphere is assured.
The Pine River, which cuts through the northernmost edge of the park, also offers scenic paddling opportunities for canoeists and kayakers.
A host of creatures large and small make a home at Pine Le Moray, many of them emblematic of Canada's great wilderness areas. Grizzly bear and black bear are both present (so make sure you lock up your food!) as are moose, caribou, porcupine, mink, beaver and muskrat. Avian fauna, include several species of loon, grouse, widgeon and teal, flock to the park's many pristine lakes and waterways. Birders will want to keep their eyes peeled and their binoculars at the ready!
Opportunities for landscape photography abound at Pine Le Moray. The craggy, snow-capped peaks of the Hart Range (a sub-range of the Rockies) tower over Heart Lakes and its surrounds; the lake itself sits a cerulean gem set in a band of deep green. Mountain Creek, and the smaller Link Creek, rush and cascade across a wild and dramatic landscape. Whether you go on a week-long backpacking trip or just hang around the campground, you'll undoubtedly be able to capture some stunning shots.
The majority of Pine Le Moray's expansive park is open to hunting. Many game seasons begin in August or September, though there are some spring and summer seasons as well. Mammalian game species include moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, black bear and cougar. Ptarmigan, duck, goose, ruffed grouse and spruce grouse are among the avian species hunters seek out among the park's towering conifers and placid ponds. You can check the BC parks website for more information on specific hunting seasons and regulations - Pine Le Moray is located in the Peace (7b) region.