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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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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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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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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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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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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Seton Portage, BC, Canada near Lillooet, Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia is a small recreation village tucked away in a forested valley, surrounded by mountains, lakes, creeks and wildlife.
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Mission Mountain Road
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Fountain Lake (Kwotlenemo Lake) near lillooet is popular for fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, boating, swimming, picnicking, hiking and camping.
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Fountain Valley Road
Lillooet
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Like many people in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Chinese arrived in Lillooet in hopes of striking gold... and some did. During the prospecting phase the Chinese would place discarded stones in piles, sometimes reaching 12 feet tall.
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Russell Lane
Lillooet
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Carpenter Lake is 55 kilometres long extending from the Village of Gold Bridge on the western most point of the lake to the Terzaghi Dam on the eastern most point.
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Mission Mountain Road
Gold Bridge
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Anderson Lake near Lillooet is one of the more popular recreational lakes for boating, fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, canoeing, mountain biking, off roading and snowmobiling.
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Highline Road
Lillooet
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Clayton Falls is a popular sightseeing destination in the central coast community of Bella Coola, BC because of the ocean views, short hiking trail, picnic sites and the viewpoint over-looking Clayton Falls.
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Highway 20
Bella Coola
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A 2 kilometre wilderness hiking trail located east of Bella Coola and Hagensborg, BC. The hiking route is dedicated to a local artist named Carl Medby, who during the 1930s would hike the trail to various points to paint.
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East Nusatsum Forest Service Road
Hagensborg
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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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The Tidal Flats | Estuary in Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada is a natural wildlife estuary located west of the community of Bella Coola. The estuary rests where the Bella Coola River and the ocean tides of the North Bentinck Arm converge.
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Highway 20
Bella Coola
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Tweedsmuir Provincial Park near Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada is a 981,000 hectares of wilderness backcountry popular for hiking, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, camping, sightseeing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing.
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Highway 20
Hagensborg
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Wilderness park with hiking and mountain biking trails, a beaver pond, big trees, Snootli Creek... and it is a recreation destination with rodeo grounds and a baseball diamond.
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Walker Park Road
Bella Coola
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Lac La Hache, BC, Canada is a small village and recreation area lining the banks of an 18 kilometre (11 mi.) recreation lake of the same name.
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Highway 97
Lac La Hache
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The townsite is small with a general store, community hall, a park and some other buildings located on main street (Hwy 24). It is the surrounding wilderness area around Lone Butte, the many lakes, that one will find a good selection of resorts, retreats, lodges, B&Bs & cottages servicing travelers
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Highway 24
Lone Butte
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A 26 kilometre one-way hike through a forest leading to the banks of Fawn Lake. popular for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, cross country skiing.
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Fawn Creek Road
Lone Butte
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Hathaway Lake in Lone Butte is part of a tight-knit, four lake series of fishing lakes which includes Sulphurous, Deka and Apollo Lakes.
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Mahood Lake Road
Lone Butte
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