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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Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park is a remote and wilderness park accessed from the communities of Lake Cowichan, Port Renfrew and Port Alberni, BC on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The provincial park is one of the oldest protected parks on Vancouver Island. The park is divided into
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Rosander Main
Lake Cowichan
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Paarens Beach Provincial Park enjoys a sandy beach frontage with views of Fort St. James, Mount Pope and the Omineca Mountain Range. It is popular for camping, picnics, fishing, canoeing, boating, camping, swimming.
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Sowchea Bay Road
Fort St. James
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The park is a garden park and walking destination measuring over 13 hectares. The park is not developed with many amenities but it has grown naturally surrounded by groves of trees, flower gardens, a waterfall and pond... and there are walking paths for exploring.
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Jamieson Court
New Westminster
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Kal Beach is one of the most easily accessible and one of the most popular sandy beaches on Kalamalka Lake in the area of Coldstream which is located south of downtown Vernon, BC in the North Okanagan Valley
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Husband Road
Vernon
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Shelter Bay Provincial Park covers over 93 hectares. The park includes a day use area and a campground. The day use area rests on the shores of Upper Arrow Lake and enjoys a sandy beach with a swimming area, picnic tables and pit toilets.
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Revelstoke
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Wishing Well is a curious and special find located in a hidden clump of trees on the side of Highway 20 opposite the Tidal Flats and the Alexander MacKenzie Monument, east of the BC Ferry Terminal and west of the community of Bella Coola, BC, Canada. The little enclave is a local Wishing Well with a
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Highway 20
Bella Coola
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The SS Moyie is recognized as a National Historic Site and a BC Landmark. The well maintained and restored paddle wheeler is a historic museum. Inside are displays of pictures, artifacts and models depicting the history of the early 1900s living life on Kootenay Lake.
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Front Street
Kaslo
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Fillongley Provincial Park is popular for many outdoor activities including hiking, picnicking, sightseeing, birdwatching, kayaking, camping and horseback riding.
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Beadnell Road
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The 31+ kilometre long community recreation trail connects with parks, picnic day use areas, wetlands, farmlands, viewpoints, dykes, marshes and green space areas.
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PO Box 2933
Abbotsford
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The Beautiful Bay Trail is a moderate hike along an earthy trail. The 5 kilometre route explores through the island's forest leading to hill tops with views of the surrounding ocean waters. The most popular viewpoint are the Malcolm and Numas Lookouts.
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Sointula
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Petroglyph Park is historic park located in the community of Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The 2 hectare park is the site of prehistoric carvings and provides many opportunities for good marine views.
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Nanaimo
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The main features in the park are the alpine lake, sandy beach and the hiking trail. The 32 hectare lake, the 100 metre sandy beach and the 5 kilometre hiking trail attract many to the park during the summer who enjoy fishing, canoeing, wind surfing, picnicking, hiking, swimming and boating.
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Rossland
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The three trails (East Loop, South Loop, West Trails) provide different levels of hiking difficulty and variations in the wilderness scenery. Located in between the community of Bella Coola and the Village of Hagensborg.
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Snooka Forest Service Road
Bella Coola
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Kin Park is a small ocean beach park located in the community of Chemainus, BC on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The ocean park is a popular spot for beachcombing, sightseeing, picnicking, swimming and for launching a boat so to access one of the nearby islands.
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Maple Street
Chemainus
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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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