British Columbia Parks and Trails

Planning adventures in our British Columbia Parks and Trails

Parks, hiking trails, historic sites, heritage sites, rivers, lakes and natural areas in BC Canada

British Columbia parks and trails in Canada covers every type of landscape and seascape including mountain ranges, rivers, lakes, glaciers, forests, wetlands, wildlife, ecological and heritage. All play a big part in the creation of our BC parks system. Some of our BC Parks and heritage trails tells the long history of Canada. Others are for protection of wildlife, floral and fauna. Then there are those strictly designed for adventures and leisure living outdoors. There are over 11,400,000 hectares of BC parkland in Canada with over 2,700 kilometres of hiking and mountain biking trails.

British Columbia Parks & Trails

Over 800+ BC Parks in the province 

There are over 800 or so British Columbia parks in Canada. This, by no means, is the total number of wilderness and recreation parks in British Columbia, Canada as there are many others that do not fall under the Provincial umbrella. Other parks in the province includes a few National parks and many smaller community, regional, hyro and forestry recreation parks located throughout the province. Only 12.5% of our province is protected by BC Parks and 0.6% is protected by National Parks.

British Columbia Parks and Trails in Canada Summary

British Columbia parks and trails are used for many occasions and activities. The Khutzeymateen Provincial Park is Canada's only grizzly bear sanctuary. The Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is British Columbia's largest provincial park covering 989,616 hectares. On Vancouver Island the 440 metre Della Falls in Strathcona Park is Canada's highest waterfall and is one of the ten highest falls in the world!

Parks are an important part of our province providing thousands an opportunity to enjoy the wilderness outdoors. It is said 6 out of 10 people living in BC visit a park every year.

The British Columbia parks and recreation sites are here for yours and our tourism enjoyment. Please help us care for them and respect them. Do not leave garbage behind. Do not feed the wildlife. Always ask questions on the services, amenities, fees and rules to live by when in the park.

British Columbia Parks and Trails in Canada

Click the BC Regions below to view parks, trails and places in that area.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Parks and Trails

Gulf Islands

Gulf Islands Parks and Trails

Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii Parks and Trails

Kootenay

Kootenay Parks and Trails

Lower Mainland

Lower Mainland Parks and Trails

North BC

North BC Parks and Trails

Okanagan

Okanagan Parks and Trails

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Parks and Trails

Thompson Shuswap

Thompson Shuswap Parks and Trails

Whistler Area

Whistler Region Parks and Trails
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Old Growth Alley interpretive route is a difficult trail located along Highway 16, a few minutes south of Crow's Nest store
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tetsa-river
The river park is situated under the peaks of Steamboat Mountain. It is a campground, day use area and recreation destination for activities like fishing, hiking, camping, picnicking, horseback riding and sightseeing.
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Highway 97
Fort Nelson
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Hague Lake Park on Cortes Island is a recreation lake named Hague Lake. The lake is a popular swimming hole, canoe lake, hiking area and beachcombing destination on the island.
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Kw'as Bay Rd
Mansons Landing
kindersley
Kindersley Pass Trail is a challenging full day 10 km one-way hiking adventure exploring forested valleys and mountain peaks in the Kootenay National Park near the Town of Radium, British Columbia, Canada.
Kindersley Trail
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Highway #93
Radium Hot Springs
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The bird sanctuary was first established in 1944.The Nechako River runs through Vanderhoof and the sanctuary is on the migratory bird path known as the "Pacific Flyway".
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Burrard Avenue
Vanderhoof
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Florencia Beach is one of many of the beautiful beaches located in the Pacific Rim National Park located near the Town of Tofino and just north of the community of Ucluelet, BC, Canada on Vancouver Island.
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Tofino, Ulcuelet
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Mowat Bay is a perfect beach for families and friends. The area enjoys a sandy beach, cement theatre like benches, boat launch and great scenery. This is said to be one of the best beach destinations in the Powell River area.
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Mowat Street
Powell River
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River Valley Trail in Williams Lake, Central Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia, Canada is a 12 kilometre community pathway navigating a valley of eco systems while following the Williams Lake River.
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McKenzie Avenue
Williams Lake
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Shoen Lake Provincial Park is a remote and rugged park destination located north of the community of Campbell River, BC on Vancouver Island, Canada. The park is a tough and rough, natural park with a network of wilderness trails surrounding Shoen Lake.
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Davie Road
Campbell River
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A forest walk leading to a beautiful, clear lake near Radium Hot Springs - relatively short, little elevation gain - a good hike for anyone rain or shine.
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Hwy 93
Radium Hot Springs
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The Holland Creek Trail is located in the community of Ladysmith, BC, Canada in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. The hiking trail is easily accessible from many points in the community and is well maintained , as well as, acts as a connector trail accessing other hiking trails
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Ladysmith
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The Tex Lyon Trail is a historical hiking trail dating back to the 1940s when the north end of the island was in a deep state of discovery. The hiking trail was a trail used by people traveling between Port Hardy and Fort Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. The trail is a little used route today whic
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Port Hardy
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Central Park is located in Burnaby, BC. The park measures over 90+ hectares and is situated on the border of Downtown Vancouver and Burnaby.
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Kingsway Street
Burnaby
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The park is a wilderness park with very little services, development and maintenance. Some of the more popular activities enjoyed in the park include canoeing, kayaking, fishing, backpacking, wilderness camping, hiking, off roading, boating, birdwatching, wildlife sightseeing, photography, swimming,
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Quarry Road
Coquitlam
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Box Lake Trail is an easy going 1.3 kilometre loop walking trail located east of Nakusp, BC in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada
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Highway 6
Nakusp

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