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 main activities enjoyed in the park include canoeing, swimming, fishing, camping, picnicking and beachcombing. There is no boat launch in the park. However there is a general store on site for replenishing supplies (hours of operation vary with seasons)
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Kilmorley Road
Comox
A loop trail system. Great for hikers and mountain bikers. Access in Qualicum Bay off of Hwy 19A onto Lions Way.
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Qualicum
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The Knob 2 hiking trail enjoys navigating the side of Mount Elphinstone (4,137 feet/1261 m).Prepare well with water and good hiking boots, as it takes 2 hours one way, 4 hours round trip and that is not taking into consideration the long picnic many enjoy at the summit
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Wharf Road
Gibsons
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The trail is a great way to tour the community while hiking and biking. Many locals in the community prefer to bike to and from work using the trail as to driving. The trail is a compliment to the community and the efforts made to promote an active lifestyle.
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Golden
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Discover Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park. A wilderness nature park located southeast of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. (Vancouver) Popular for hiking, backpacking, wilderness camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, swimming and camping.
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Chilliwack Lake Road
Chilliwack
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The city's largest park covering over 65 acres of well maintained lawns dissected by pathways leading to viewing benches looking out over the Fraser River, flower gardens, a First Nation cemetery and a children's playground and water park.
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17th Ave
Prince George
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The beach is situated at the mouth of False Creek near the neighborhood of Yaletown. It is is one of many white sandy beaches located on Vancouver's Seawall (recreation pathway). The beach is located south of Stanley Park.
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Pacific Avenue
Vancouver
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The 587 hectare park includes a 124 hectare lake, a waterfall hiking trail, a sandy beach and a campground. Come camp, hike to a waterfall, fish on a lake or paddle a canoe or kayak
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Highway #33
Osoyoos
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Hiking and mountain biking trails exploring the banks of the Puntledge River connecting to Nymph Falls is the highlight of the park.
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4447 Forbidden Plateau Road
Courtenay
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Bluenose Mountain Trail is a recreation hiking trail located near the community of Lumby, BC The uphill loop trail navigates a series of switchbacks eventually leading hikers to two of the three peaks on the mountain overlooking the valley.
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Aberdeen Lake Road
Lumby
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This Vancouver Island marine route navigates a mainland fjord for 17 kilometres! The scenic route is located off the coast of northeast Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in the Queen Charlotte Strait. The route is a rugged multi day adventure exploring canyons, cliffs, beaches, waterfalls
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Port McNeill, Campbell River
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Lac La Hache, BC, Canada is a small village and recreation area lining the banks of an 18 kilometre (11 mi.) recreation lake of the same name.
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Highway 97
Lac La Hache
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Built in 1942-43 the high banked, curved bridge is an engineering wonder extending 162 metres (534 feet) across. The structure is a called a three span, timber truss bridge and extends about 30 metres (100 feet) above the Kiskatinaw River.
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Old Alaska Highway 97
Dawson Creek
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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 promenade is located on the waterfront following the banks of the Fraser River in New Westminster. Some of the amenities include a market, statues, sightseeing benches, washrooms, playground, off leash god area, lookout towers, picnic day use areas, water fountain and totem poles.
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Quayside Drive
New Westminster

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