Tenquille Lake Cabin & Campsites: Online Booking

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Lil̓wat Nation, N’Quatqua and the Province of B.C. recently completed the Visitor Use Management Strategy. This process was carried out in collaboration with the Pemberton Wildlife Association, and involved engagement with local governments, stakeholder groups, and the public.

Project partners are now implementing the short & long-term actions identified in the Strategy.

Tenquille Lake is within Lil̓wat territory and has cultural and spiritual significance. The surrounding area, including the Birkenhead River watershed, is also within N’Quatqua territory. The area has been and continues to be home to both Nations, and Líl̓wat and N’Quatqua citizens continue to visit the area to carry out cultural practices, connect with their territory, and carry out activities such as hunting and gathering.

Tenquille Lake and the surrounding area provide important habitat for many wildlife species, including the threatened South Chilcotin grizzly bear population, black bears, wolverine, and mountain goats. Recreation use can impact these species through disturbance and displacement.

The Pemberton Wildlife Association helps maintain the cabin, campsite, toilets, and trails in the Tenquille area through volunteer efforts.

The Visitor Use Management Strategy identifies many management recommendations actions to protect and maintain the integrity of the important values in the area.

Some changes you can expect include:

  • The cabin and campground will move to a reservation system starting in Spring 2022. This will help facilitate trip planning, will minimize crowding, and will help ensure an enjoyable visitor experience.
  • A site operator will be employed this summer by Rec Sites & Trails BC to manage visitation at the cabin and campground, and provide a management presence at the lake and on trails.
  • Fees will be required for both staying at the cabin and camping. Fees will be posted online and will be paid upon booking a reservation. These costs will go directly to maintaining the cabin, campground, toilets, and trails.
  • Camping will be allowed in designated sites only. This will minimize negative impacts to sensitive habitat and vegetation outside of designated sites, such as along the lakeshore and in alpine meadows.
  • Líl̓wat and N’Quatqua Ske’l7awlh (stewards) will be visiting the area a few days a week this summer to conduct environmental monitoring and provide a presence on the land. 
  • Firewood will be provided to cabin users starting in Spring 2022.

New regulations will include:

  • Prohibiting dogs on all Tenquille trails and within the Recreation Site. Dogs can impact sensitive natural areas, harass and displace wildlife, and provoke defensive behaviours in bears thereby increasing the risk of human-bear conflicts.
  • Prohibiting mountain bikes on Tenquille trails and Mt. Barbour trail to minimize disturbance to wildlife, user conflicts, and meet trail objectives
  • Prohibiting campfires to minimize impacts from wood-cutting; potential exception of communal fire pit managed by the site operator
  • Allowing camping in designated sites only to minimize impacts to vegetation and wildlife
  • Closing the Tenquille Creek trail to minimize impacts to grizzly bears within this exceptionally high-value habitat area
  • Designation of the Recreation Site as a non-motorized year-round to minimize disturbance to mountain goats and grizzly bears and maintain a wilderness experience for all visitors