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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 Last Spike historic site is the feature attraction located at a major rest stop located on the Trans Canada Highway, east of Sicamous BC and west of Revelstoke, BC. Marking the historic event is a large stone monument accompanied by a rail car.
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Trans Canada Highway
Sicamous
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Peterson Creek Nature Park in Kamloops, BC, Canada is a protected watershed park covering over 423 hectares popular for hiking, biking, dog walking, birding, sightseeing and wildlife viewing
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Glenfir Drive
Kamloops
panorama-park
Panorama Park is a green space waterfront park and sightseeing marine destination located in the community of Deep Cove. The park includes amenities like a day use picnic area, playground, washrooms, change rooms, boat launch, picnic shelter and sightseeing benches.
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Panorama Drive
Deep Cove
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The park is surrounded by trees, backed by mountains and situated in a rural neighborhood. Being that is so close to the community of Smithers, BC it is visited by many during the summer months for swimming, canoeing and fishing.
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Bench Road
Smithers
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Forests for the World is a 106 hectare interpretive demonstration forest with 15 (8.5 mi.) kilometres of hiking trails with viewing towers, lakes, sightseeing benches and birding.
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Kueng Road
Prince George
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Bellhouse Park is a popular sightseeing and picnicking destination on Galiano Island. The ocean views from the park overlook Active Pass and Mayne Island. From the shores of Bellhouse Park one can observe wildlife like seals, sea birds, predator birds and sea lions.
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Jack Road
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The Pavillion Community Park is one of the main outdoor venues in the region where events can be held on a regular basis. Because of the large grassy open areas, the central location and the large covered band shelter the park location is ideal for concerts, festivals and special events.
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Cleveland Avenue
Squamish
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A full day or a multi day wilderness hike exploring forests, lakes, creeks and meadows in the backcountry wilderness regions near the community.
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Kluskus Forest Service Road
Vanderhoof
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The St. Mary Spring Trail near Skidegate BC is a short single track climb up the side of a hill to some views of Hecate Strait.The significance of the trail is the drinking fountain, the Madonna wooden carving and the legendary words.
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haida gwaii
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A birdwatching destination complete with viewing platforms, birdhouses, sightseeing benches and boardwalk bridges. Once a glaciofluvial meltwater channel, the wetland eco system today is covered with oxbow lakes, grass meadows and died up waterways from beaver dams.
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Highway 29
Tumbler Ridge
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The lake is a fresh water activity destination for swimming, canoeing, mountain biking, and fishing for cutthroat trout.
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Bell Road
Texada Island
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Big White Mountain is located northeast of the community of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. Big White is a year round recreation destination popular for mountain biking, hiking in the summer and skiing, snowboarding in the winter.
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Kelowna
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The island is not open to the public, but many boaters and kayakers stroll by the island to observe a working lighthouse.
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Halfmoon Bay
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The Tow Hill Hiking Trail is a short 15-30 minute trek (approx. 1 km - .6 mi. one way) through coastal forests comprised of ferns, deadfall and salal all the way to the summit of Tow Hill and a lookout deck.
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Tow Hill Road
Masset
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User-maintained trail located just off Highway 16, across from the Canada Parks offices. You will notice the worn trailhead sign near a "no overnight camping" sign.
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