Darkwoods, BC (Photo by M.A. Beaucher)

Darkwoods, BC (Photo by M.A. Beaucher)

Darkwoods: Public access

Hikers at Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

Hikers at Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

UPDATE: June 5, 2018

As lower portions of the Porcupine Road are currently impassable, people are being advised not to travel on this road until further notice. Road access to Darkwoods remains closed at this time.

Darkwoods has a long history of use by local communities. Since the 1960s, the public has been allowed limited access to the property with a permit, and NCC is happy to continue that tradition. At the same time, the land cannot support all uses, at all times, in all places and retain its special character. Some reasonable limits are required.

When you can visit

Darkwoods is an unmaintained wilderness area open to the public from July through September. Snow on the mountain passes into Darkwoods typically closes roads from October to June. Permits are required for entry and no camping is allowed.

All roads require 4WD vehicles, and due to industrial truck activity on the roads during the work week, a forestry radio with the Resource Roads channels programmed in is required. A radio is also recommended for recreational truck access on weekends.

Recreation options

Outdoor activities allowed on the property include hiking, fishing and skiing. All visitors must have a permit to access Darkwoods. To obtain a free permit, please contact the Canadian Rockies Program office at 250-342-5521 or canadian.rockies@natureconservancy.ca with the following information:

  • your name
  • number in party
  • date(s) of visit
  • destination
  • make, model and licence plate of vehicle(s)

The use of off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, building of fires, trapping and cutting of firewood on the property are prohibited. Dogs are permitted, but be must kept under control at all times. It is recommended that dogs be kept on leash to protect them and you from dangerous encounters with wildlife, such as bears and cougars.

Trails: There are no marked trails on Darkwoods so hiking requires route finding in challenging terrain.
Hike difficulty: moderate to difficult
Amenities on-site: none


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