Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park, New Aiyansh

Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park is a provincial park in the Nass River valley in northwestern British Columbia, Canada, about 80 kilometres north of Terrace, and near the Nisga'a Villages of Gitlakdamix and Gitwinksihlkw.The park was established by Order in Council on April 29, 1992, expanded in 1995, included in the Nisga'a Treaty in 2000, and is the first park in the province to be jointly managed by the government and a First Nation. An interpretive centre in a traditional Nisga'a longhouse informs visitors about the Nisga'a legend that accounts for the lava as well as geological causes.The park has waterfalls, pools, cinder cones, tree moulds, lava tubes, spatter cones, a lava-dammed lake, caves and other features created by lava flows. The park aims to protect moose, goats, marmots, bears and many other species of wildlife.The park covers 178.93 square kilometres in area.Volcanic eruptionIt is believed to be the site of Canada's most recent volcanic eruption and lava flow, a geological disaster that killed an estimated 2,000 people. Nisga'a oral histories record the names of two villages destroyed in the eruption, Wii Lax K'abit and Lax Ksiluux.
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  • July 7, 2017
    The lava beds are a bit off the beaten path, but overwhelmingly amazing. We had a wonderful tour with Steve, who is a genuinely soft spoken knowledgable local. The local area is full of fun surprises,...  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    Despite having lived my whole life in BC I had no idea about the lava fields and the history behind them. While we didn't have the chance to stop by the museum or visitor's centre, the auto tour was r...  more »
  • May 15, 2017
    1st time here! A Hidden Gem even the locals of Terrace didn't know of its splendour! Amazing surreal experience to see Lava in BC... to know of the devastation it caused the people in the area so many...  more »

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