Stein River Canyon & Stein Valley

Hike in British Columbia Canada's Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park. Enjoy a scenic river canyon along whitewater and a meandering stream, old-growth forests, extensive pictographs, wildflowers or fall colors in season, occasional wildlife in the rain shadow zone of one of British Columbia's larger provincial parks.

on the trail

Explore the rich ecosystems of the Stein River Canyon which offers scenic hiking in rain-shadow valley rich with spring wildflowers, abundant lichens, fungi, many birds, butterflies, mammals. Enjoy the canyon's geology and more along a pristine wild river canyon that supports wild salmon and trout. And the lower Stein River Canyon contains world-class archaeology, including hundreds of pictographs.

Notes

  • Consider exploring nearby trails in Thompson and Fraser river canyons and plateaus.

guidebooks

  • Don't Waste Your Time in the BC Coast Mountains by Kathy Copeland (Wilderness Press 1997).
  • Stein Valley Wilderness Guidebook, 2nd ed by Gordon White (2010).
  • Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia and the Inland Northwest by Ray Coupe, Robert Parish, and Dennis Lloyd (Lone Pine Publishing 1999).
  • Food Plants of Interior First Peoples by Nancy Turner (The Royal British Columbia Museum 2007).

INFORMATION for leaders

Considerations for international travel

  • Start by reviewing the latest regulations.
  • Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card.
  • NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one.
  • Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems.
  • You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • 3,300 ft
Map
  • CNTS Stein River 92I/5
  • Stein Valley: Heritage Guide and Map East
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