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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The massive lake is popular for camping, water skiing, canoeing, boating, hiking, fishing and swimming during the summer months. During the winter months people arrive at the lake to ice fish.
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Highway 97
Lac La Hache
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The Cowichan River Provincial Park is a popular recreation river for many outdoor adventure activities. Throughout the park are many natural features including secluded pebbled beaches, deep gorge canyons, high rocky cliffs and white water rapids.
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Duncan
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Centennial Park is a community park popular for walking paths, flower gardens, playground, water park, volleyball, picnicking.
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93 Avenue
Fort St. John
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The park rests on the shores of Charlie Lake and for years the park has provided hours of activity for many who enjoy swimming, fishing, camping and hiking.
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Highway 97
Fort St. John
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Columbia River Trail is a hiking and sightseeing trail exploring along the eastern banks of the Columbia River near the community of Trail, BC in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. The 7 kilometre one-way trail explores a high ridge with rock bluffs.
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Trail
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The Galloping Goose Trail is a very popular route for adventures and activities like hiking, biking, rollerblading and horseback riding. There are large sections of the trail which are paved and, therefore, are very wheelchair and baby stroller friendly.
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Victoria
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Farwell Canyon is an exceptional sightseeing destination best known for the Chilcotin River, hoodoos, hiking and sightseeing Big Horn Sheep.
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Riske Creek
Koksilah River Park
Koksilah River Park is located west of the village of Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The wilderness park is one of the more rustic, rugged parks located in the South Cowichan Valley.
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Renfrew Road
Duncan
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The Stawamus Chief is a popular natural attraction that dominates the skyline in Squamish, BC, Canada. The Chief is over 702 metres (2303 Feet) tall and is the second largest free standing granite outcropping in the world - second to only the Rock of Gibraltar.
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Logger's Lane
Squamish
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Shuswap Lake is the main waterway destination located in the Thompson-Shuswap region of British Columbia, Canada for recreation and activity during the sunshine months. The main communities on the lake are Salmon Arm and Sicamous.
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Victoria's Thetis Lake Regional Park is a lake, beach and woodland park located in the area of Langford - View Royal which is situated north of the City of Victoria, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada.
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Six Mile Rd
Victoria
Jack Point/Biggs Park is located near Duke Point. Hiking trails exploring beaches and forests. Good views of islands and the city of Nanaimo. Access off of the Duke Point Ferry Rd.
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Nanaimo
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The park setting is well maintained with tiled walking paths leading to spectacular viewpoints with sitting benches looking out over the Prince Rupert Harbour and, to the left, the Rotary Waterfront Park.
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1st Avenue
Prince Rupert
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Fish Creek Park is a community recreation destination exploring along three paved and gravel paths through a very well maintained demonstration forest on the banks of Fish Creek.
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119 Avenue
Fort St. John
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The 40 hectare Provincial Park is separated into 3 areas. The day use area, campground and beach.The beach is covered with driftwood, larger rocks and has a grassy area with some picnic tables
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Highway 101
Roberts Creek
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Fletcher Falls Hiking Trail & Campground, Kaslo
Kaslo


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Kimberley


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Hyde Mountain Lookout Hiking Trail in Sicamous BC
Sicamous


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