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)

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 and even expand those opportunities. 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. 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, recreational truck access is allowed only on weekends on the main roads.

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 permit, please contact the Canadian Rockies Program office at 250-342-5521 or canadian.rockies@natureconservancy.ca. Permits are free.

The use of off-road vehicles, the 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 bear attacks.

Trails: There are very few trails on Darkwoods so hiking often requires route finding in challenging terrain.
Hike difficulty: moderate to difficult
Amenities on-site: none

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