mekw’wa’t a’xwest ikw’elo’ in the local hәnqәminәm language means everyone shares here,
and is meant to remind us of important connections shared in this beautiful area in the past.
It also reminds us of our joint responsibilities to respect and protect these shared values for
The District of Mission is proud to work in collaboration with the Kwantlen First Nation and
the Province of British Columbia. We are consulting with other local First Nations and recreation
user groups to guide the transformation of the Stave West Forest & Recreation Area
into a destination for safe and friendly outdoor recreation and learning – one that co-exists
with sustainably managed forestry operations.
The Stave West Forest & Recreation Area is a breathtaking expanse of mountainous forested land rising from the western shore of the Stave Reservoir. Located in Mission, it is the acknowledged traditional territory of the Kwantlen, Leq’amel, and Matsqui First Nations. For countless generations it has been home to local First Nations groups and an important area for fishing, hunting, gathering, trading, and cultural use.
This 50 square kilometer area is also the western portion of Mission’s Tree Farm Licence (TFL#26), and has been given provincial designation as an Interpretive forest.
Camping in Stave West
There are a number of campgrounds in the Stave West Forest & Recreation Area. Find out more through Recreation Sites and Trails BC.
For reservations and inquiries, please contact Tom Blackbird at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates on Development
Working together the District of Mission and Kwantlen First Nation produce annual updates on developments in the Stave West Forest & Recreation Area
Background - Guided by a Plan
Completed in 2015, The Stave West Master Plan was developed jointly by the District of Mission and the Kwantlen First Nation to create a foundation for working together to guide the development of the area as a safe, family-friendly destination for outdoor recreation, tourism, education and training within the context of a sustainably managed working forest.