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Purcell Wilderness Conservancy

The Purcell Wilderness Conservancy embraces six large drainages flowing east to the Columbia River system and three flowing west to Kootenay Lake. All of these emanate from the rugged and glaciated backbone of the spectacular Purcell Mountains.

This challenging, undeveloped mountain landscape encompasses five biogeoclimatic zones and the only intact ecosystem in southeastern BC.


Wilderness camping is allowed year-round when accessible, but no facilities are provided. Visitors will come upon traditional campsites where impacts have occurred and campers are encouraged to use these locations.


Visitors to the Purcells should be experienced, self-sufficient wilderness travellers capable of interpreting topographical maps and route-finding. Wilderness recreation values include fishing, hiking, cultural sites, climbing, horseback riding (on the east side of the park only) and wildlife viewing.

Special Notes

Motorized vehicles are prohibited. This includes ATVs, snowmobiles, bicycles and aircraft.

Contact Information

Access from east & west sides of the park, BC

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