Those thinking of visiting Wells Gray Provincial Park’s newest discovery might want to think twice before entering – or risk a $1-million fine and one year in prison.
The province has closed the area off to the public, nearly nine months after Ministry of Environment and Climate Change staff spotted the large cave while conducting a caribou census. It’s believed the cave – named Sarlacc’s Pit by those who first found it – was formed underneath glaciers for tens of thousands of years.
According to a public notice issued by BC Parks on Dec. 14, the cave and surrounding area are closed to public access until risks to public safety are determined and engagement with First Nations is completed. This includes the entire drainage of Ovis Creek, north of Azure Lake.
The exact location of the cave is secret, in order to preserve the area, which may have rare and sensitive ecological attributes that have not been studied.
If someone is caught ignoring BC Parks regulations, they will face separate offences for each day the regulation is ignored.