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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During the summer the park enjoys activities including hiking, wilderness camping, mountain biking, ATVing, horseback riding and fishing for trout in Deep Lake. In the winter months the area is a xc ski and snowshoe destinations.
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Lac du Bois Road
Kamloops
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Christina Crest Trail is a 20 kilometre one-way mountain biking, hiking, backpacking and horseback riding route exploring the vast wilderness landscape, in and around, the Santa Rosa Summit on the Cascade Highway located west of the community of Rossland
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Santa Rosa Road
Rossland
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The trail highlights include the three viewpoints and some amazing scenery. The lower elevation viewpoint is situated at 772 metres. The higher elevation viewpoint is at 915 metres. While the third viewing area is located south of the cellular tower closer to the McPhee Creek Trailheads.
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Highway #3a
Castlegar
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Cat Lake is a little more remote than some of the other lakes in the Squamish, BC area. The isolation provides louder crowds, with some great activities. Some of the activities enjoyed in the Cat Lake region include hiking, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, fishing and camping.
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Cat Lake Forest Road
Squamish
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The park is a wilderness backcountry recreation destination measuring 70,844 hectares located in the Cascade Mountains. It is popular for activities like backpacking, hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, picnicking, birdwatching and wilderness camping,,,
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Highway 3
Hope
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Mount Fernie Provincial Park is a wilderness park with an interpretive trail exploring forests filled with Douglas fir, spruce, black cottonwood, western red cedar. western larch and trembling aspen trees. The three kilometre interpretive trail follows Lizard Creek leading to a viewpoint.
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Fernie
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Spotted Lake is an environmental anomaly located in the Okanagan Valley near the community of Osoyoos, BC, Canada. The lake has a long history with the local First Nation People.
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Highway #3
Osoyoos
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The Okanagan Grasslands Area is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers, sightseers, photographers, history seekers and people who enjoy fishing.
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Kruger Mountain Forest Service Road
Osoyoos
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Grey Canal Swan Lake East in Vernon BC Canada is a scenic 8+ kilometre walk through old remnants from BC's longest irrigation channel.
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7979 Baker Hogg Rd
Vernon
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The waterfall park is located northeast of the community of Mission, British Columbia, Canada. The Cascade Falls Regional Park includes a hiking path, viewing deck, picnic day use area, pit toilets and a parking lot. The highlight of the park is a 30 metre (98 foot) waterfall dropping into a canyon
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Ridgeview Road
Mission
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Lake Revelstoke is a man-made lake situated north of the community of Revelstoke,BC in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. It is a very popular lake for fishing, boating, kayaking and canoeing. The reservoir lake stretches out over 130 kilometres and is capped on the south end by the Re
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Highway 23 N
Revelstoke
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Horth Hill Regional Park is located in North Saanich popular for hiking, sightseeing, picnicking and horseback riding.
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Wain Road
Saanich
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Trail explores the alpine environment in the region providing hikers with scenic views. The steep route leads all hikers through alpine meadows, pass small ponds and up to an alpine mountain lake.
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Erlandsen FSR
Terrace
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The campground is base camp - with the Opal Bed, Beaver Pond and Lookout Trails all starting from the recreation site. The wilderness recreation site acts as Mile "0" for these three trails.
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Eagle Creek Road
Burns Lake
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Herald Provincial Park,established in 1975, is a 79 hectare activity park is located on the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake west of the community of Sicamous, BC and north of the community of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada. In the park Reinecker Creek empties into Shuswap Lake and, nearby, Bastion
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Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road
Sicamous

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