Willmore Wilderness Park
This 4,600 square kilometre (1840 sq. mi.) park is adjacent to the world famous Jasper National Park, with four access points that enter Willmore from the Grande Cache area. These sites include the Sulphur Gates, Cowlick Creek, Berland River and Rock Lake. There are NO motorized vehicles allowed in Willmore. Instead, one can choose to hike, take horseback riding trips or mountain bike. The trails consist of historical routes used by the outfitters and fur trappers dating back to the early 1800s. Some of these are: the Indian Trail, the Pope Thoreau Trail and Big Grave Flats to name a few. If you wish to traverse the Continental Divide, several passes are: Rocky, Jackknife, Casket, Forget-Me-Not, Fetherstonhaugh and Morkill.
Hunting and Fishing are allowed. Outfitters and local guides are available to enhance your success in these activities. Maps of the area, DVDs, plus the book, “People and Peaks of Willmore Wilderness Park are available at the Grande Cache Tourism & Interpretive Centre.
Local Staging Areas
Sulphur Gates Staging Area - Sulphur Gates Staging Area is located 14km (8.7 mi.) southwest of Grande Cache on the Smoky River. Sulphur Gates provides holding corrals and camping facilities to act as your base camp. Visitors may take a day trip to Kvass Flats to view the beautiful meadows, or climb Mt. Stearn to gaze upon the spectacular mountain vistas. The more adventurous can explore the backcountry with a week’s trip to Sheep Creek Forestry Cabin, or an extended horseback trip to the Great Divide at Casket Lake and Big Shale Pass.
Cowlick Creek Staging Area - The Cowlick Creek Staging Area is located 3.5km (2.2 mi.) east of Grande Cache and allows visitors access to the eastern border of Willmore Wilderness Park. Travel Cowlick Creek to the Cowlick Meadows, visit Big Graves and the Sulphur River, or extended trips to Glacier and Eagles Nest Pass. Spectacular scenery, wildlife, and alpine meadows are abundant in this pristine mountain wilderness; a camera is a must no matter what your destination.
More Information contact the Wilmore Wilderness Foundation:
Box 93, 4600 Pine Plaza
Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0
Toll Free: 1-866-WILMORE