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This park's diverse topography ranges from the beautiful alpine meadows to tall cedar forests growing in steep valleys, with numerous lakes and wetlands and a variety of wildlife.

At 113,469 hectares, Cariboo Mountains Park is a key link between Bowron Lakes Park and Wells Gray Provincial Park, which altogether create a 760,000 hectares of protected area. This means that the majestic old growth cedar forests, unique ancient interior rainforest and wetlands of this area are extensive enough to support large wildlife populations as they move between the three parks and ensure the wildlife in this region have a better chance of survival as unprotected wilderness habitat rapidly disappears in other parts of British Columbia.

Most importantly, the park protects critical habitat for a complex and important predator-prey system including various species such as grizzly bear, black bear, moose, lynx, wolf, mountain goat, waterfowl and the rare mountain caribou, whose conservation status recently deteriorated to threatened, or red-listed. Vulnerable (blue-listed) species found in the park include grizzly bear and bull trout. The park incorporates one of the largest populations of grizzlies in British Columbia's interior.

This region also protects important rainbow trout, lake trout, and Dolly Varden habitat, while the rivers and tributaries that drain into Quesnel Lake support one of the province's largest sockeye salmon runs.  A key feature of the park is also its protection of old growth spruce, red cedar, subalpine fir, and hemlock forests. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, caribou, moose, lynx, American black bear
  • Where: British Columbia, Canada

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Walking with Bears & Whale Watching

This trip offers a remarkable opportunity to spend time with the ‘the bear whisperer™’ to experience seeing grizzly bears at close quarters in one of the planet’s last pristine wildernesses. You can also see bald eagles in the skies, and watch grey and humpback whales slipping through the offshore waters.

  • When to go: Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wild Canada in Winter

Travelling in the depths of winter, this pioneering small group tour focuses on three of Canada’s most iconic mammals: the Canadian lynx, timber wolf and moose. From the comfort of a cosy lodge, we don snowshoes and venture deep into the Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park in search of our target species.

  • When to go: Feb-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Pyna-tee-ah Lodge

This spacious and homely lodge occupies a two-hectare landscaped riverfront site overlooking a beautiful stretch of the rolling Quesnel River at the outlet of Quesnel Lake in Likely, British Columbia. With charming hosts and hearty traditional country meals, the Pyna-tee-ah is certain to delight you.