Seven Sisters Provincial Park Near
Terrace, British Columbia,
Location: In Seven Sisters Provincial Park,
by BC Highway 16, approximately 70 kilometers East of Terrace.
fine forest scenes, no bugs, gentle elevation gain.
Remote wilderness area, trail can be hard to
follow (especially closer to the end), hiking poles and boots are highly
recommended, long pants are recommended.
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Whiskey Creek Trail is located in Seven Sisters Provincial Park,
relatively close to the town of Terrace (East of it on Highway 16). BC
Parks' website promised "spectacular views," so it was a disappointment
not to find anything even close to spectacular. Moreover, the trail has
no apparent end. Once we were at the 7.2 km mark from the start of the
trail (based on the GPS distance tracker), there was nothing but a
forest around us. Yet, the sign at the trailhead stated that the trail
length was 7.2 km. On top of that, the trail ribbon on our Garmin GPS
with Backroad Mapbook software also ended in the middle of the woods. We
saw what looked like a lake on the GPS map several hundred meters from
our location, and headed towards it. Turned out it was a mostly dry bed
of Whiskey Creek, with several mountains about half a kilometer away. So,
we did some stone hopping, and got a few half-decent mountain views.
Perhaps, with the sun shining in the right direction, the views would
have been better, but even then it would be a stretch to call them
spectacular. That said, there was some sporadic flagging tape around the
apparent end of the trail, leading further into Seven Sisters Provincial
Park. So, if you are willing to keep going and see where it leads you,
the views just might get as spectacular as promised.
1. We are Westbound on BC Highway 16, between Smithers and Highway 37
BC Highway 16 West of Smithers British Columbia Canada
2. Zero your odometer at the Petro-Canada gas station by Highway 37
turnoff. Whiskey Creek trailhead would be on the left side 16.2 km
Petro-Canada gas station on BC Highway 16 near BC Highway 37 Turnoff
3. Our first adventure involved finding the trailhead. BC Parks website
says the trailhead is 16 km past the Petro-Canada station. So, when we
saw a large pullout (pictured below) 15.8 km after the gas station, we
figured this is it, park here and find the trailhead. Not only that, our
GPS with Backroad Mapbook software also showed Whiskey Creek trailhead
to be in this very place. Alas, the wall of rock on the left side left
no illusion that there was no trailhead at that place.
BC Highway 16 by Seven Sisters Provincial Park
4. So, we started driving further West towards another trail,
and, four hundred meters past the pullout, there was the Whiskey Creek
trailhead. There is enough space for a few vehicles here, but that large
pullout could accommodate dozens more.
Whiskey Creek Trailhead Seven Sisters Provincial Park near Terrace BC
5. Here is the trailhead. Coordinates: N
55'02'019 W 128'16'969. Elevation: 213 meters. A note warned of no
bridge across Whiskey Creek, so we ended up carrying a pair of slippers.
Start of Whiskey Creek Trail in Seven Sisters Provincial Park British
6. The first 3+ kilometers is a walk in a neat, wide-open forest. A
highlight of the trip, more or less.
Hiking near Terrace BC - Whiskey Creek Trail - Seven Sisters Provincial
7. It's nothing major, but just a pleasant or an interesting scene here and there.
Foot bridge on Whiskey Creek Trail in Seven Sisters Provincial Park near
Terrace British Columbia Canada
8. Lots of shade too, quiet, peaceful, no bugs.
Seven Sisters Provincial Park - Whiskey Creek Trail - by Terrace BC
9. A tree mayhem.
Whiskey Creek Trail in Seven Sisters Provincial Park British Columbia
10. So, remember the "no bridge across Whiskey Creek" note? Well, guess
Seven Sisters Provincial Park near Terrace British Columbia Canada
11. Here is a fine and sturdy log bridge. There was an exact same
note 100 meters prior to the bridge, and you could tell that the creek
crossing used to be right there. So, the bridge has been placed (kudos
to whoever did it), but the notes remained. It's 3.4 km from the
trailhead to the bridge, as per the GPS distance tracker. After crossing
the bridge, turn right. There is also an unknown trail on the left side
Log Bridge across Whiskey Creek in Seven Sisters Provincial Park BC
12. As far as the views, there was this half-decent mountain scene on
the right side 2.5 hours after the start of the trail.
Mountain View from Whiskey Creek Trail in Seven Sisters Provincial Park
by Terrace BC Canada
13. Until this mountain view, it was fairly easy to follow the trail
thanks to the GPS, flagging tape, and an obvious trail on the ground.
Shortly thereafter, the flagging tape became more and more sporadic, the
trail under our feet all but disappeared, and the trail ribbon on the
GPS ended in the middle of the forest, with no obvious viewpoint or
anything else to indicate why this particular spot would be the end of
the trail. Also, we were way past the 7.2 km mark on the GPS distance
tracker, and 7.2 km was the indicated trail length on the note by the
trailhead. Finally, we lost sight of any flagging tape to lead us
forward. So, we checked the GPS map, saw what initially looked like a
lake nearby, and headed towards it. We had to go through lots of bushes
and got our legs scratched. After a few minutes, we ended up on a mostly
dry bed of Whiskey Creek. Coordinates: N
55'00'878 W 128'12'300. Elevation: 773 meters (560 meters elevation gain
from the start of the trail). Distance travelled as per GPS: 8.6 km.
Time: 3 hours 10 minutes.
Dry Bed of Whiskey Creek in Seven Sisters Provincial Park
14. Looking in the opposite direction, we saw what is likely Artemis
Peak (if we read the map correctly), so we started stone-hopping towards
Mountain in Seven Sisters Provincial Park BC Canada
15. Soon, some peaks appeared on the right side.
Seven Sisters Provincial Park near Terrace British Columbia Canada
16. Zooming in.
Seven Sisters Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
17. Looking left now. Perhaps, it would have looked better with the sun
Mountain in Seven Sisters Provincial Park - hiking near Terrace BC
18. Looking back, there was this decent view.
Seven Sisters Provincial Park
19. Same mountain with lots of zoom.
Here is Our Video of the views from near the end
of the hike:
20. Eventually, we started heading back, and, suddenly, found more
flagging tape going forward. So, we followed it for 10-15 minutes,
realized there were no views in the foreseeable future, and stopped at
this spot. Coordinates: N 55'00'684 W
128'12'038. Elevation: 809 meters.
As far as where that flagging tape would eventually lead whoever follows
it, it's hard to tell, but, likely, this is the way to the heart of
Seven Sisters Provincial Park. Unless this is where you are going, or
you know of better views in this area, Whiskey Creek Trail is sure way
too much hiking for the views you eventually get to see.