Surrounded by surreal, mystic beauty, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is almost like a provincial park all on its own. The majestic mountains, teeming with evergreens, wildlife, and picturesque landscapes, lend themselves to make Echo Valley a great place for any British Columbia vacation. Now, as much as we love having guests, we also don’t expect you to stay here the whole time. In fact, we encourage you to explore our beautiful section of Canada by visiting some of the provincial parks near Echo Valley Ranch & Spa. To give you a nudge, we’ve provided a summary our three favourite nearby British Columbia provincial parks.
Big Bar Lake
Less than 30 minutes from the ranch, Big Bar Provincial Park rests on the southern edge of the Fraser Plateau, which was formed by excess lava five to 10 million years ago. Guests of Big Bar Provincial Park can enjoy an extensive array of outdoor activities, like hiking and kayaking, but the main draw seems to be from anglers going after rainbow trout. While there is no water skiing permitted on the lake, off-road vehicles are allowed on the park’s designated trails. Big Bar Lake Provincial Park is on the Jesmond Loop, which connects with Highway 97.
Just over 10 minutes away, this unique provincial park is named after it’s extraordinary limestone geology, known as karst. Karst formations can be seen from high within the alpine forest, and these mountains are rife with various caverns, gorges, cliffs, and sinkholes. This vast mountain region is home to thriving populations of mule deer and California bighorn sheep, which makes for an ideal wildlife viewing experience; so bring your binoculars!
The seclusion provided by this provincial park is what makes it so attractive but also what demands the respect of its patrons. Rarely patrolled, the trails of Marble Range Provincial Park are groomed only by the boots of those walking it; therefore, it is a steep, challenging hike best suited for seasoned adventurers.
The farthest of the three is Edge Hills Provincial Park, located about 40 minutes south of Echo Valley Ranch & Spa. This provincial park is known for its panoramic canyon perspectives, forested foothills, and lush ravines. This diverse environment provides excellent habitat for a myriad of native species, so wildlife management is of the utmost importance. In addition to the ecological significance, there are many cultural heritage sites in the park too. Because of the unscathed nature of this park, it has been a popular destination for those seeking wildlife photography opportunities and undeveloped wilderness.