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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Hangman's Tree in Lillooet is a historical reminder of the days of the wild west. A land of lawlessness, heavily fueled by greed created from the Cariboo Gold Rush. The Hangman's Tree is where the perceived "bad guys" were hung in the days of the gold rush.
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Russell Lane
Lillooet
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The park consists of two levels. The upper plaza level is highlighted by the canopy and is surrounded by a row of sitting benches and a few picnic tables. The lower plaza is at street level and is identified by the large standing clock on the sidewalk.
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Oliver Street
Williams Lake
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Jubilee Trail is a moderately easy 9.5 kilometre route trekking along an old forestry logging road to some switchbacks leading up to the alpine treeline and then to the alpine peak of Mount Murray. Trail is enjoyed by hikers and cross country skiers.
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Wells
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Cottonwood House Historic Site is a pioneer ranch once serving the miners and fur traders traveling the Cariboo Waggon Trail. Today, it is a protected homestead, complete with heritage buildings, animals, artifacts and actors dressed in period costumes located east of Quesnel on the Heritage Hwy.
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Highway 26
Quesnel
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The Bowron Lakes Park encompasses over 149,207 hectares and is best viewed as one of BC's best known canoe and kayak paddle routes. The 116.4 kilometre paddle route explores 10 beautiful lakes, a few rivers and 6-7 portage trails.
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Wells
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World Famous Chatterbox Falls on the Sunshine Coast BC.
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Sechelt
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McLeese Lake is a destination that is popular year round. In the summer people enjoy water sports like swimming, boating, sun tanning, canoeing and fishing. Do you prefer land then there is hiking, camping, horseback riding and offroading in the surrounding hills
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Williams Lake
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Scout Island Park in Williams Lake, Central Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia, Canada is an interpretive nature centre situated on two islands with a community beach park and a hiking trail.
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Borland Road
Williams Lake
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The park consists of a small sliver of green space with a few picnic tables situated under the shade of trees, looking out onto Oliver Street. The park is used as a resting and conversation spot conveniently located at the foot of the retail sector of the community.
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Oliver Street
Williams Lake
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River Valley Trail in Williams Lake, Central Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia, Canada is a 12 kilometre community pathway navigating a valley of eco systems while following the Williams Lake River.
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McKenzie Avenue
Williams Lake
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Children will enjoy the playground in the park with swings, jungle jim and slides. Near by is a wet and wild water park to help keep them cool on the sunshine days.
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4th Avenue
Williams Lake
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Fox Mountain Trails consists of intermediate and expert mountain biking trails exploring along a ridge, moving from east to west, and then down Fox Mountain.
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Mason Road
Williams Lake
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Farwell Canyon is an exceptional sightseeing destination best known for the Chilcotin River, hoodoos, hiking and sightseeing Big Horn Sheep.
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Riske Creek
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Gold Bridge, BC, Canada near Lillooet, Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia is a small village wedged in between Downton and Carpenter Lakes in the Bridge River Valley region.
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Naxwit Picnic Site and Day Use Area in Lillooet, Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia, Canada is a very well maintained day-use-only site with plenty of informational billboards highlighting the history and wildlife of the region.
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Duffey Lake Road
Lillooet
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Gun Lake is a large lake attracting allot of attention. The lake is popular for fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing, boating, jet boating and water skiing. Many of the local cabins on the lake have private piers with many water toys.
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Mission Mountain Road
Gold Bridge
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Boitanio Park enjoys a 2.5 kilometre paved walkway. The walkway is surrounded by a vast sheet of grass lawns, some flower gardens and a forest of fir trees. Spotted throughout the park is a series of picnic tables and sitting benches.
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Borland Street
Williams Lake
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Wells, BC, Canada in the North Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia is a small town in the Cariboo Mountains perched up on a hill near the Jack of Clubs Lake east of Quesnel BC. The community is surrounded by a network of lakes and rivers, recreational trails, wildlife and B.C. history.
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Highway #26
Quesnel
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The Desous Mountain trail system is designed for mountain bikers, but be aware that hikers and horseback riders also explore the back country in this area. The trails start at the top of Desous Mountain at an elevation of 1327 metres from a large gravel parking lot.
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Desous Mtn. Road
Williams Lake
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Yellowhawk Trail (aka Mt. Murray Trail) is a moderate hike trekking through forests to the alpine peaks of Mount Murray, Mount Greenbury or to Mount Waverly. The round trip 8.4 kilometre alpine trail should take 3-5 hours to complete. Trail is enjoyed by hikers and cross country skiers.
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Bowron Lakes
Barkerville

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