Pritchard Provincial Park
About This Park
Visitors can enjoy hiking, bird watching, nature study and canoeing. The park is valuable for public access and enjoyment of the river frontage, since much of the river frontage between Chase and Kamloops is in private ownership.
It encompasses a 5km section of riparian habitat on the South Thompson River. Surrounding vegetation consists of aspen, cottonwood, Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, willow, Russian olive, Hawthorne, Saskatoon berry, grass and sedge. The park provides important habitat for trumpeter swans and a variety of other waterfowl. Shorebirds, passerines, beavers, muskrats and otters also frequent the area. The South Thompson River contains trout, salmon and other fish species.
Park Size: 15 hectares
Stay Safe: Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
Location and Maps
The park is located on the South Thompson River, approximately 40 km northeast of Kamloops. Access is off the Trans Canada Highway at Pritchard.
Nature and Culture
- History - The park was created as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resources Management Plan.
- Cultural Heritage - The presence of cultural heritage sites is unknown, but there is a possibility of kekuli pits in the area.
- Conservation - The park protects a 5 km section of riparian habitat and frontage on the South Thompson River. Aspen, cottonwoods, Ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, willows, Russian olive, hawthornes, Saskatoon berry, grasses and sedges are protected within the park.
- Wildlife - The park provides habitat for Trumpeter and Tundra swans, a large variety of other waterfowl and shorebird species, passerine bird species, beaver, muskrat, and otter. Trout, salmon and other fish species inhabit the South Thompson River.
Approved Pritchard Provincial Park Management Direction Statement.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.