Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park

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Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Gott Peak view.jpg
View from Gott Peak
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Nearest cityLytton, British Columbia
Coordinates50°15′26″N 122°0′12″W / 50.25722°N 122.00333°W / 50.25722; -122.00333Coordinates: 50°15′26″N 122°0′12″W / 50.25722°N 122.00333°W / 50.25722; -122.00333
Area1,071.91 km2 (413.87 sq mi)
EstablishedNovember 22, 1995
Governing bodyBC Parks & Lytton First Nation

Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. Nearly the complete Stein River watershed from the mountains to the Fraser River is protected in this park, though there are some areas of the watershed that were left out.

History and conservation[edit]

In the 1980s there was a plan to log the valley. This was protested by the environmentalists who argued that this was the last untouched watershed in the southern Coast Mountains. In 1988 Fletcher Challenge announced a moratorium on logging the Stein. After strong public support, and an annual music festival that raised awareness, the Stein Valley was finally protected as a park on November 22, 1995. It is jointly administered by the Lytton First Nation and BC Parks.

The name "Stein" comes from the Nlaka'pamux word "stagyn", which means "hidden place". This land is an important spiritual land for the First Nations in the area. There are a number of pictographs in the park. Some are easily visible, others must be sought out, and some are closely guarded secrets of the local people.

The park protects over 50 species of mammals, including mountain goat, cougar, wolverine, black bear and grizzly bear. Bird species include golden eagles, sharp shinned hawks, barred owls, pygmy owls, white-tailed ptarmigan, pileated woodpeckers and rufous hummingbirds, as well as several species of chickadees, warblers and nuthatches. The Stein River contains Dolly Varden char, rainbow trout and Rocky Mountain whitefish, as well as steelhead trout, coho, pink and Chinook salmon.

View of Blowdown Lake, from the slopes of Gott Peak.


This park has 150 km of backpacking trails and a number of wilderness camping areas. There are four cable crossings[citation needed] and a suspension bridge across the river. The Lower Stein Valley from the Lytton trailhead to the Suspension Bridge Camp has become increasingly popular for school outdoor education groups.


Located near Lytton, British Columbia, or 185 kilometres west of Kamloops, British Columbia.


1,071.91 km2

External links[edit]

  • "Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park". BC Geographical Names.
  • Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park, BC Parks
  • UN database entry