Chasm Provincial Park

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Chasm Provincial Park
Chasm - panoramio (3).jpg
The Great Chasm near Clinton, reflecting 10 million years of erosion
Map showing the location of Chasm Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Chasm Provincial Park
Location within British Columbia
LocationThompson-Nicola RD, British Columbia, Canada
Nearest townClinton
Coordinates51°10′45″N 121°26′15″W / 51.17917°N 121.43750°W / 51.17917; -121.43750Coordinates: 51°10′45″N 121°26′15″W / 51.17917°N 121.43750°W / 51.17917; -121.43750
Area3,145 ha (12.14 sq mi)
EstablishedMay 17 1940
OperatorBC Parks

Chasm Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, located near the town of Clinton.[2] Expanded to 3,067 hectares (7,580 acres) in 1995, the park was originally created in 1940 to preserve and promote a feature known as the Painted Chasm, or simply The Chasm, a gorge created from melting glacial waters eroding a lava plateau over a 10 million year span called the Chilcotin Group.[3]

The walls of the Chasm contain tones of red, brown yellow, and purple and are an average of 300 metres (980 ft) in height. The Chasm is approximately 600 metres (2,000 ft) wide and 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) long, and lies adjacent to the route of the Cariboo Road, which lines the northern apex of the Chasm alongside the Canadian National Railway line. In addition to the park upland areas of ponderosa pine, marshes and lakes are included in the park's boundaries.


Wildlife found in the park includes bighorn sheep, moose, mule deer, black bear, coyote, small mammals, songbirds and birds of prey.



  1. ^ "Protected Planet | Chasm Park". Protected Planet. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  2. ^ "Chasm Park". BC Geographical Names.
  3. ^ "Okanagan Lake Provincial Park". British Columbia, Ministry of Environment. Retrieved 31 October 2019.