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Muskwa Kechika

ONE OF THE LAST TRACTS OF WILDERNESS SOUTH OF THE 60TH PARALLEL

The Muskwa-Kechika is an immense expanse of wilderness that spans over 6.4 million hectares (15 million acres). This stands as the largest protected area in Canada’s Rocky Mountains and the most biodiverse, with one of the highest concentrations of differing plant and animal species in North America.

For thousands of years, the First Nations of Northeast BC have lived upon this land and utilized its resources for hunting and gathering. Today, as result of a historic agreement, this area is protected, preserved, and managed as a working wilderness.

Visitors here can explore on multi-day horseback trips with Wayne Sawchuck, who has been guiding expeditions in the area for over 35 years. For those who wish to discover the area by motorized vehicle—ATV, snowmobile, or boat—can do so through the Access Management Area (AMA) routes. For hikers, Northern Rockies Fitness offers hiking retreats and experiences for those looking to make a trek. It is strongly recommended to experience this wilderness area with a guide, tour operator, or expedition company.

Muskwa Kechika experience route map in Northeast BC

The density and diversity of wildlife—moose, black and grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, elk, caribou, wolf, Stone’s sheep, wolverine, and more—is just one of the reasons why the Muskwa-Kechika is a truly remarkable place.