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Protected Areas


Middle River Wilderness Area

painting by Alice ReedThe Middle River Wilderness Area protects typical regional features which are characterized by steep talus-covered slopes, well-developed deciduous forests, deep faults, undulating valleys, canyon complexes and river systems.

Spanning the forested slopes and canyons next to the agricultural lowlands of the Middle River valley, the wilderness area contains steep-sided canyons, old deciduous forests, and many examples of outstanding geomorphological and fluvial processes, including some of the oldest rocks in the province, talus-covered slopes, deep faults, undulating valleys (cove and spur), river terraces and floodplains.

The area has numerous access points, from both the valley floor and the plateau, providing opportunities for wilderness hiking and camping. No trails are established, and the forested and steep terrain can be very challenging.