Ts'il?os Provincial Park

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A glaciated valley, to the southeast of Chilko Lake, in Tsy?los Provincial Park

Ts'il?os Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. Ts'il?os (/ˈslɒs/ SY-loss;[1] roughly [t͡sʼelʔos] in Chilcotin) is the official BC Parks designation for this provincial park, though sometimes it is written as "Ts'il-os", "Ts'yl-os", or "Tsylos". The "?" in the name represents a glottal stop.

History[edit]

The park was established January 1994 after a five year planning process was implemented to address long-standing conflicts between preservationist, resource extraction and First Nations interests. After decades of controversy, a consensus was reached among various conservation, logging, mining, tourism and public participants. Chief Roger William of the Xeni Gwet’in (Nemiah Indian Band) was very involved in the planning process and negotiations with the provincial government. The park is part of the traditional territory of the Xeni Gwet’in. Ts'il?os, also known as Mount Tatlow, dominates the park and gives it its name, and is spiritually significant to the Xeni Gwet’in. According to tradition, Ts'il?os keeps watch over the people of the Xeni and their territory. Pointing at or climbing Ts'il?os are considered disrespectful, and the Xeni Gwet’in believe that doing so will offend Ts'il?os, resulting in severe weather changes.

Conservation[edit]

The park aims to protect black bear, mule deer, moose, mountain goat, cougar, and beaver. Ecologically sensitive animal populations found in the area include California bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, fisher, wolverine, bald eagle, and amphibian species. Sockeye salmon spawn along the shores of Chilko Lake the centerepiece of the park. The adjacent lands are also important habitat for Vaux’s swift, Peregrine falcon, and Townsend’s big-eared bat..

Recreation[edit]

The following recreational activities are encouraged: camping, picnicking, hiking, mountaineering, swimming, kayaking, horseback riding expeditions, hunting trips and flyfishing.

Location[edit]

Located 160 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, or 250 km north of Vancouver.

Size[edit]

233,240 hectares in size.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BC Geographical Names Information System

Coordinates: 51°09′00″N 123°59′00″W / 51.15000°N 123.98333°W / 51.15000; -123.98333