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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Found along the Port Man Forest Service Road just east of the Mamin River, this is a 400 metre one-way crescent-shaped trail that leads you through the woods and across a creek to an unfinished Haida canoe.
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Port Man Forest Service Road
Port Clements
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The Kumdis River Trail is located north east of Port Clements, adjacent the Kumdis River Bridge.
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Highway 16
Port Clements
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Wiggins Road Trail is accessible at the end of Wiggins Rd. The trail is not formally maintained, but remains a popular fishing spot for locals. The trail also connects to the Anvil Trail.
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Wiggins Road
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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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Highway 16
Tlell
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Access Regier Lake Trail on 3rd Avenue in Queen Charlotte. This is a steep hike, but is full of rewarding views + a tranquil lake
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3rd Ave
Queen Charlotte
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The Green Man can be seen along Highway 16 near the Crow's Nest store
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Highway 16
Tlell
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Charlie Hartie Creek is a short out and back trail located at the top of 6th street, off 1st Ave.
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1st Ave
Queen Charlotte
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Crabapple Creek Trail is located at the west end of 2nd Avenue at the cul-de-sac.
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2nd Ave
Queen Charlotte
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Rock Sitting Creek Waterfall is located just off Balance Rock Road in Skidegate, BC.
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Balance Rock Rd
Skidegate
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Gore Brook Trail, one of the many community trails in the Village of Queen Charlotte, is a moderate 1.6 kilometer hike through lush ferns, mosses and cedar trees.
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Top of 9th Street
Queen Charlotte
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A 10.2 kilometer loop trail providing nice views of Hecate Strait and Skidegate Inlet.
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Airport Rd
Sandspit
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The Cowichan Valley Trail starting from the Mt. Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus, BC to Saltair BC and then to Transfer Beach Park in Ladysmith, BC is approximately 14 kilometres one-way. The biking and hiking trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail / The Great Trail in the Cowichan Valley...
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Chemainus
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It is an easy-going short hiking trail (150 metres maybe) through a forest along the banks of the Hixon River which connects to a canyon and Hixon Falls. The canyon is home to chutes, river rapids, protective pools and swimming holes. It all depends on the season too, as river levels will fluctuate
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Hixon Creek Road
Hixon BC Canada
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The park was once a travel route for our earliest Western Canada explorers like Alexander MacKenzie. The park itself was established in 1965 to protect the lakes and surrounding sub-boreal forests of white spruce, douglas fir and lodgepole pine trees.
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Highway 97
Prince George
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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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This is one of our favourite outings with visitors to our area... A short, lovely drive combined with a relatively short, easy hike to a unique landscape - sure to elicit WOWs all around!
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Westside Road
Fairmont Hot Springs
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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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Popular non-motorized multi-use trail offering sweeping views over the Columbia River wetlands. Trail connects the communities of Radium & Dry Gulch and can be easily accessed from either end
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Radium Hot Springs
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Very easy walking loop trail that is well laid out to follow. Activities enjoyed in the marsh include walking, photography, birding, jogging and cycling.
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Rannier Road
Pitt Meadows

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