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 village is a collection of buildings, artifacts and stories dating back to the early 1900's providing a quick glimpse into the lives and hardships of the early pioneers, miners and trappers.
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Highway 97
Dawson Creek
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Centennial Park is a community park popular for walking paths, flower gardens, playground, water park, volleyball, picnicking.
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93 Avenue
Fort St. John
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Nicola Lake provides some of the best lake views while traveling the major highways in the valley. Many visit the lake, every year, for camping, boating, water skiing, canoeing, fishing and sailing.
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Highway 5A
Merritt
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The park is an ideal destination for bird watching and photography. It is a chance for casual walks and pleasant thoughts while sitting on one of the many viewing benches lining the shore.
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1st Avenue
Prince Rupert
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Grey Canal Bella Vista in Vernon BC Canada is a flat scenic hike that takes you behind orchards, residential homes and through grassland areas. Things to do in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.
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6996 Pinto Pl, Vernon, BC V1H 1B9
Vernon
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The identifying feature of Davis Bay is the long pebbled beach coastline with a well developed paved walking path lined with viewing benches while highlighted with a long wooden fishing pier jutting out from the shoreline.
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Highway 101
Sechelt
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A long haul, one-way 15 kilometre backpacking, horseback riding, xc skiing and mountain biking wilderness route following the same historical footsteps as the Carrier First Nation People.
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Striegler Rd
Vanderhoof
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Morse Creek Pond Park in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada is a gem of a park nestled alongside Morse Creek with excellent wilderness walking trails leading to a great day of hiking and exploring creek habitat and west coast forests.
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2nd Avenue
Prince Rupert
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The highlight of the route are the viewing benches, the aspen forest and a viewing platform situated along the trail for all to use. During the summer and early fall months the wetlands are visited by many ducks.
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Nadina Way
Houston
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Lakeside Rotary Park is a waterfront park on the shores of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the community of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. The well maintained park is one of the popular park in Nelson because of a beautiful sandy beach, and waterfront views.
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Lakeside Drive
Nelson
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Chemaunus, BC on Vancouver Island was one of the first to bring mural art to the streets in Canada on a grand scale! Today, visitors can grab an information brochure and take a self guided mural walking tour around Chemainus visiting with murals while at the same time exploring shops and attractions
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Chemainus
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Popular destination on South Pender Island for adventure and for relaxation. The park features a sandy beach, rocky shoreline, tidal pools, hiking trails, wildlife and a wilderness campground.
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Ainslie Point Road
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Blackwater Lake near Pemberton, British Columbia, Canada is a small remote lake nestled in the forest that is located north of Pemberton and east of the community of D'Arcy, BC. The lake is mainly used as a swimming and fishing hole. There are some who stop by for a picnic.
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Blackwater Lake Rd
Pemberton
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Crest Creek Cragg is a rock climbing destination located east of the community of Gold River, BC on Vancouver Island, Canada. The local climbing communities maintain and review the climbing routes on a regular basis. Routes include some expert climbs for the daring and some easy routes for the begin
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Gold River
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There are viewing benches constructed around Maiden Lake. Ideal front row seats for birdwatching, people watching and having lunch. At one end of the lake is a small sandy beach and a swimming pier.
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