The Tenquille Lake Recreation Site is maintained and co-managed by Rec Sites & Trails BC, Lil’wat First Nations and volunteers from the Pemberton Wildlife Association.  Constructed originally in the 1940s, a new cabin was funded and built with huge community effort in 2011. Please RESPECT this cabin and the work that built it for you to use and enjoy. 

Read these tips and visit the Frequently Asked Questions page BEFORE booking the Tenquille cabin or tent sites.

  • Cabin and tent sites open for bookings 60 days prior to the arrival date.

  • Mechanized use within the Tenquille Lake Recreation Site is prohibited (including mountain bikes).

  • Dogs, pets and horses are NOT permitted in the Tenquille Lake Recreation Site, cabin or tent sites. Registered Guide Dogs for the visually impaired are exempt from this prohibition.

  • Start your hike EARLY and allow plenty of time and daylight, it is unsafe to navigate these wilderness trails in the dark. Arriving in the middle of the night and waking people up will not make you very popular!

  • BE HONEST about your capabilities and fitness. Hikers must be physically fit, self reliant and properly prepared for sudden and harsh mountain weather (not for novices). Do not reserve the cabin or tent sites otherwise. Planning a day hike in and out with light pack is best for a first visit.

  • Have the right vehicle and off road skills – the BR12 access road is strictly 4X4 only. Park your vehicle so that others can pass.

  • Watch the weather! The Tenquille Rec Site is often snow covered until late June and snowstorms can arrive as early as October and have stranded vehicles.

  • Cabin is Non-smoking.

  • WARNING! High avalanche danger in winter through to spring through Tenquille Pass. Consult the Avalanche Canada website to determine risk factor BEFORE attempting winter through to spring trips   From spring to mid-summer, exercise caution when crossing snow bridges across creek gullies.


Tenquille Lake is within the unceded territory of the Líl̓wat Nation and has high cultural significance. Past and present, Líl̓wat Nation and N’Quatqua citizens access the area to carry out cultural practices and connect with their territory while Tenquille Lake and the surrounding area provides important habitat for many wildlife species, in particular grizzly bear, black bear, mountain goat, wolverine, wolf, and deer.

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