Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park, New Aiyansh

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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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  • This park is a hidden gem nothing short of spectacular. Drive across the vast lava fields, behold the saturated blue ponds, rivers and waterfalls, hear the wolves howl as you camp overnight. This is a...  more »
  • Stop by the stop one and take a picture on your phone of what is at each of the stops. At the campground there is a nice visitors center. Only thing we did not find was the hole from the tree. This wa...  more »
  • Had heard about the lava beds of the Nass Valley but had no idea of the range of the flow. The volcanic eruption occurred about 1775 (dated by a Spanish captain who was in the nearby canal at that tim...  more »