Gwillim Lake Campground Information

Gwillim Lake Camp

Early August is the time for BCFFC Gwillim Lake Camp. During one fun-filled week in August, Gwillim Lake comes alive with the thrill and excitement of our Gwillim Lake BC Family French Camp.

Directions

The Gwillim Lake Campground is located at
N 55° 20.665 W 121° 23.973
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From Prince George, the camp is approximately 360 km and a 4.5 hour drive.

  • Depart Prince George, B.C. on HWY-97 heading north for about 306 km
  • At Chetwynd, turn RIGHT (south) onto HWY-29 for approximately 51 km
  • Turn LEFT (east) onto Local road for approximately 3 km

From Dawson Creek, the camp is approximately 151 km and a hour and a half drive.

  • Depart Dawson Creek, B.C. on HWY-97 heading west for about 97 km
  • At Chetwynd, turn RIGHT (south) onto HWY-29 for approximately 51 km
  • Turn LEFT (east) onto Local road for approximately 3 km

Coming from Chetwynd, after passing the first Parks sign you come into full view of Gwillim Lake. About 1 km later you cross over a large culvert and start up a slight incline. Approximately 1 km past the big culvert you will come to a road turning north off the main road. (Look for the BC Family French Camp sign) There you will see a green pipe gate marked by yellow and black reflectors. You are on the road into the site. It is just over 3 km to the buildings.

Sites for Motorhomes, Trailers and Tents

Camping at Gwillim is basic and communal. A large, relatively flat meadow surrounded by forest is the area for trailers and motorhomes. A large common area in the middle is set aside for campfires and games. No hook-ups are available, and units must be self-contained. The closest dumping station is 40 minutes away in Chetwynd. This area is known as Gwillim Heights.

A smaller wooded area, know as Moose Meadows, is a bit quieter, and the ground is a bit more uneven. These sites are cozied into the forest, and shared by some of the smaller wildlife (e.g., birds, squirrels).

For tenters, we also have a number of sites on a grassy bluff above the creek. This area, known as The Bluff, catches the morning sun and the sounds of the stream, and features a lovely view of the lake.

Because there are no formal sites, we try our best to give everyone the room they need. Generally, everyone is happy — often complete strangers become the best of friends as they share a tarp or clothesline.

Cabins

Gwillim has four large log cabins. What to bring? We suggest you bring everything you would for tenting, but leave the tent at home. The cabins are basic. They have no electricity, no cook stoves, and no refrigerators. They do have a wood stove for heat, wooden bunks (bring foamies), gaslights, and a large covered deck that is often used as the cooking area. All buildings including the cabins at Gwillim are wheelchair accessible.

Two families must share each cabins, but there is a divider curtain between the two sets of bunks. You can request that a particular family share with you, as long as both families specify this request when they register. We cannot hold cabins while one family or the other makes up its mind about whether they are coming. Cabins fill quickly, so register early if you want one. All the cabins are nestled in the forest, and are amazingly soundproof to the rest of the camp noise. If you have little ones that need quiet to sleep, you may want to consider this option.

The cabins are dry, cool in the heat, and easily warmed by the woodstove if it gets chilly.

Pets or Service Animals

Unfortunately, while we all love our pets, there is a mandatory NO ANIMALS rule at Gwillim Lake. This is a condition of using this site and if disregarded, will mean that we will lose the privilege of returning. We have to insist that you make other arrangements for your pets or service animals and not bring them to camp.

Gwillim Lake Camping Fees 2017

Basic: $195.00 (includes GST)
Cabin: $240.00 (includes GST)
Staying offsite: $115.00 (includes GST)

Please see the Registrations page for more information on the costs of individual programs.