Top of the World Provincial Park | British Columbia, Canada
The name says it all. High in the Kootenay Range of the Rocky Mountains, the Top of the World Provincial Park is dominated by Mt. Morro, at more than 2,900 metres (9,570 ft).
Chert for tools and weapons was quarried by the Ktunaxa inside today's Top of the World Provincial Park. If you're a skier, snowshoer, angler, hiker or horseback rider, you'll enjoy wilderness trails and campsites that are closed to vehicles powered and limited pedal access.
Highlights of this Provincial Park
This is a remote wilderness area of outstanding beauty, but it is quite accessible to families. Camping and hiking are the most popular activities and there is a public cabin that accommodates 14 to 18 people. Fish Lake is the largest body of water in the park and is noted for its cutthroat trout and dolly varden fishery. The park is beautiful in the winter and cross-country skiing is very popular. The area encompassed by this park is on the traditional lands of the Ktunaxa, or Upper Kutenai Peoples, who shared their abode pre-colonial times with visitors who came from as far as the Shuswap and Helena, Montana to obtain chert. This grey, translucent, obsidian-like rock was used in the manufacture of tools and weapons. Disturbance or removal of archeological artifacts is prohibited.
Know Before you Go
Top of the World Provincial Park is a wilderness area, without supplies or equipment of any kind. Be prepared to practice Leave No Trace and Adventure Smart. Weather conditions can change suddenly in this area. Be prepared to tent camp for overnight trips as space in cabin is first-come, first-served basis. Public communications are not available at this park.
Driving Directions to Key Access Point
From the north via Whiteswan Lake - Turn east off Highway 93/95, 4.5 kilometres (mile 2.7 mi) south of Canal Flats. At kilometre 21.3 (mile 13.2) take fork to right (Lussier River junction). At kilometre 29.6 (mile 18.4), turn right and cross Coyote Creek. Go straight ahead at kilometre 30.7 (mile 19) and stay on main road to kilometre 52 (mile 32). Trail begins at this point.
*Road is not paved once you leave highway. The Lussier Forest Service Road is not plowed from km 25 to the Top of the World trailhead. Loaded logging trucks and other industrial traffic may be encountered while accessing this park. Drive with extreme caution and for your safety always yield to industrial traffic.
Cabin Use Fee: $15.00 per person / night
Cabin Use Fee: $30.00 per family / night
Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night for all persons 6 years of age or older.