Tsutswecw Provincial Park


North Shuswap
Distance: Various
Difficulty: Easy to More Difficult
Duration: 0.5 - 1+ Hour
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking

Trail Notes / Current Conditions:

Learn more about the new Secwepemc Park name - Tsútswecw. (pronounced choo-chwek)

Trail Description:

A network of trails along the Adams River, located between Adams Lake and Shuswap Lake. Wonderful river views, forest, wildflowers, mosses, ferns, wildlife, and salmon run.

Lower Trail System (Hike Only):

The Lower Trail System encompasses all the trails south of the Squilax-Anglemont Rd and provides access to the viewing areas during the October salmon runs. FOREST: meanders for 1.5km from the main parking lot through the forest to the river mouth. Return along the river via the Cottonwoods Trail. A section of the trail connects the parking lot to the overflow parking lot and the Roderick Haig-Brown Dedication Plaque. COTTONWOODS: Follows the east bank of the river for approx. 3.5km, linking the river mouth with the main parking lot and the overflow parking lot with the Adams River bridge. This trail offers superb views of spawning salmon.

Island Loop:

Approx. 1.5km trail from the main parking area, to the river mouth parking area or the top of the groundwater spawning channel. In summer it offers a shaded walk through a mixed forest. Parking is also available on Squilax-Anglemont Rd, just east of the Adams River Bridge.

Upper Trail System (Open to Shared Hike/Bike):

The Upper Trail System encompasses all of the trails north of the Squilax-Anglemont Rd. These trails offer an impressive array of human and natural history, scenic beauty, and distinctive trail structures. PACKER: Traverses attractive, dry forest above the river along an old horse packer’s trails for most of its length. Park on Squilax-Anglemont Rd just east of the Adams River Bridge. ADAMS: The trail starts out as an old road, and turns into a trail at the canyon area, following the Adams River for the most part, until it ends at Gold Creek. The trail is linked with the Packer Trail at the power line, providing a loop back to the old road. The canyon and its pools are a favorite area on this trail for anglers and picnickers. It is also a good place to view rafters, and kayakers as they test their skills through the canyon section of the river. Below the canyon is a large pool with a sandy beach. Park on the Squilax-Anglemont Rd, just east of the Adams River Bridge.

Bear Creek Flume Trail:

This 8.5 km trail follows a historic flume used to transport logs to the Adams River. There are seven unique bridges and the impressive Bear Creek Falls on this scenic and interesting route. The parking area is on the southwest side of Adams River - turn left/ west off Squilax-Anglemont Rd onto Holding Rd, just before the bridge. And be sure to check both the upper and lower trails. The upper trails start at the parking area. The lower trails start just on the other side of the road.

Additional Information: BC Parks, www.salmonsociety.com

New! Geo-Referenced PDF Map



Approx. 9.4 km, west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd, and follow it for approx. 5 km, towards Scotch Creek. The park is located on both sides of the Adams River. You will come to the bridge over the Adams River. There are three trailheads in this park. The main parking lot, (the location of the Salute to the Sockeye festival every four years), is straight ahead, 1 km on the right. The Raft Pullout parking area (to access the Upper Adams River Gorge on the northeast side of the river), is just after the Adams River bridge on the left. The Bear Creek Flume Trails parking area is on the southwest side of Adams River - turn left/west off Squilax-Anglemont Rd onto Holding Rd just before the Adams River Bridge, and continue along this road watching for the trailhead sign on your right, and a parking lot sign on the left, on the corner - be careful it is a blind corner! For the Upper Flume Trail, cross the bridge and park, right, on the old road.


Access Map: Google Maps


Steep Cliffs. Bikes are not permitted in the ADAMS CANYON or FLUME areas.  Take care close to the river, banks are constantly being eroded and undermined.