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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Alaska Highway is a historic, scenic and globally recognized driving route when traveling through British Columbia, Canada and the Yukon Territories. The highway follows a scenic 2,451 kilometre (1523 mi.) paved road from Mile "0" in Dawson Creek, BC and ends in Delta Junction, Alaska, U.S.A.
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Alaska Highway
Dawson Creek
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Kimbol Lake Trail is a back country hiking trail near the community of Nakusp, BC, Canada in the Kootenays.
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8500 Hot Springs Road
Nakusp
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The Gabriola Island park is a popular gathering spot for many activities. Some of the activities include hiking, beachcombing, birdwatching, kayaking, scuba diving, picnicking and sightseeing.
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Stalker Rd
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Begbie Lookout Trail is a short but steep hiking path located south of the community of 100 Mile House, British Columbia, Canada. The hiking trail climbs up the side of Begbie Mountain to a 1923 working Forest Fire Lookout Station used during the summer months to spot wildfires.
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100 MIle House
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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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Coombs Village is located west of Parksville BC, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The village is a popular attraction because of the unique assortment of art, services, dining and shops.
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Alberni Hwy (Hwy 4A)
Parksville
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Summerland B.C. Ornamental Gardens is a 15 acre flower garden created in 1916. The landscape of the garden includes large grass lawns, clusters of trees and many garden plots.
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Summerland
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Syringa Provincial Park is a campground park on Lower arrow Lake which protects one of the few grassland eco systems located in the Kootenay region. First established in 1968, the grassland park now covers 4,417 hectares
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Castlegar
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Some of the activities enjoyed in the park include picnicking, sightseeing, beachcombing, swimming and hiking. There is a short hiking trail following the shoreline exploring through trees leading from the parking lot to the day use area.
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Barrett Road
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On Salt Spring Island, from the Baynes Peak Summit on Mount Maxwell the mountain park enjoys ocean, mountain and island views of Burgoyne Bay and the Sansum Narrows.
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Mount Maxwell Road
Ganges
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The Wild Pacific Trail near Ucluelet, BC on Vancouver Island is THE trail to explore when near and in this Pacific Rim community.
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Ucluelet
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The park is a very popular summer lake destination for adventure, beach, sun and fun. The 14 hectare park includes a sandy beach, grassy lawns, wheelchair accessible flush toilets, change rooms, running cold water taps, lakefront playground, many picnic tables - with some under the shade of trees.
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Invermere
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Mt. Wells Regional Park and hiking trail is located on Vancouver Island near the community of Langford, British Columbia, Canada which is west of Victoria, B.C., Canada. Mt. Wells Regional Park is a 123 hectare (304 acre) forested park destination first established in 1994.
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Humpback Road
Victoria
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Doreen Lake a small remote fishing, canoeing and boating destination lake located in the back country wilderness forests behind the small community of Winfield, BC in Lake Country. The recreation site is part of a network of lakes in the area.
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Beaver Lake Road
Winfield
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This is a great activity trail for mountain bikers, off roaders and hikers offering ocean views of Okeover Inlet, Malaspina Peninsula and the Georgia Strait.
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Wilde Road
Lund

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