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
buttertubs
Buttertubs Marsh is a popular place for birdwatching mainly it is very central in the community and easily accessible. Some of the birding wildlife viewed when visiting the marsh could include swallows, Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, American Widgeons, Red-Winged Blackbird, eagles, kingfishers,
Read more
Bird Sanctuary Drive
Nanaimo
blackwaterlake 001
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.
Read more
Blackwater Lake Rd
Pemberton
pinklilly
Honeymoon Bay Ecological Reserve (formerly known as the Sutton Creek Wildflower Reserve) is best explored in the spring season when flowers are blooming. Within the 6 hectare reserve is a self guided walking trail for accessing viewing areas over looking any of the many species of flowers in the
Read more
South Shore Road
Lake Cowichan
serpentine-fen-park-220
Serpentine Fen Park also referred to as the Serpentine Wildlife Area is a protected wetland-marsh eco system popular for birdwatching and walking trails in the region of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. The trails follow a system of dykes leading to 3 viewing towers.
Read more
44th Avenue
Surrey
port_edward_historic_fishing_village8
A unique fishing village situated on pylons and rustic docks connected by raised wooden boardwalk paths leading to spanning views overlooking Inverness Passage.
Read more
Hwy 44
Prince Rupert
bridal-veil-falls-canada
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is a sightseeing waterfall destination located east of the community of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. The park is a destination popular for picnicking, sightseeing and walking.
Read more
Popkum Road
Chilliwack
dewdney
Dewdney Trail connects the village of Hope with Fort Steele near Cranbrook, BC. However, we will be discussing the 43 kilometre section of the Dewdney Trail located between Rossland, BC and Christina Lake.
Read more
Cascade Highway
Rossalnd
annex-park-bridge-path
Annex Park is a picnic and wildlife viewing park in the community of Fernie, BC which is in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. The destination park is situated on the shores of the Elk River, joined by hiking trails, surrounded by trees and fields of grass lawns.
Read more
11th Street
Fernie
lastspikemonument
The Last Spike historic site is the feature attraction located at a major rest stop located on the Trans Canada Highway, east of Sicamous BC and west of Revelstoke, BC. Marking the historic event is a large stone monument accompanied by a rail car.
Read more
Trans Canada Highway
Sicamous
fish_lake_lake04
The lake is an ideal destination to canoe, swim and fish. If your timing is right the wilderness site is all yours creating an ideal destination for groups to play with no interruptions.
Read more
Fish Lake FSR
Fort St. James
echoloake
In the summer months the popular activities include swimming, hiking, canoeing, dirt biking, atving and picnicking. The lake is a very popular destination for family picnics with children. It is a self maintained recreation site so it is important that all garbage is packed out.
Read more
Revelstoke
lostlake
Lost Lake is a trout lake. Most fly fish when on the lake. Be aware there is limited shoreline for casting. Belly boats and hip waiters work best on this lake. It is possible to hike in a canoe if fitness levels are good.
Read more
Beaver Lake Road
Winfield
kootnatred-mountains 001
During the simmer months people enjoy hiking, backpacking, wilderness camping, mountain biking, mountaineering, rock climbing, fishing, river kayaking, horseback riding, river rafting and sightseeing. During the winter months people visit the park to experience snowshoeing, cross country skiing and
Read more
Highway #93
Radium Hot Springs
upper-arrow-lake 002
Upper Arrow Lake is a popular destination in the summer months for boating, swimming camping, bird watching and fishing. The lake is well stocked with fish including rainbow, gerrard, kokanee and barbot.
Read more
fillongley-denman
Fillongley Provincial Park is popular for many outdoor activities including hiking, picnicking, sightseeing, birdwatching, kayaking, camping and horseback riding.
Read more
Beadnell Road

British Columbia Experiences

Exploring Canada with Citizen Science Discovering the nation from our Backyards ...
Experience the Autumn colours in the Okanagan Add these fall hikes to your bucke...
Things To Do in the Autumn months in the Okanagan Some of my "bucket list" ...
Wells Gray Golf & RV Resort - British Columbia, Canada

Parks & Trails Map

Hiking With Your Children - Canadian Rockies Family Hiking Guide
Explore British Columbia
Find what Birds to Look For in this Park

Popular BC Parks

Fletcher Falls Hiking Trail & Campground, Kaslo
Kaslo


Fletcher Falls Hiking Trail is both a, walk-in and...
Read more
St. Mary Lake
Kimberley


St. Mary Lake is popular for fishing, canoeing, sw...
Read more
Nicola Lake
Merritt


Nicola Lake provides some of the best lake views w...
Read more

Featured BC Parks

Pinnacle Lake
Cherryville


Pinnacle Lake hiking trail, located in the Monashe...
Read more
Rose Swanson Mountain Trail
Armstrong


The Rose Swanson Mountain Trail is a moderate hike...
Read more
Grey Canal Swan Lake East
Vernon


Grey Canal Swan Lake East in Vernon BC Canada is a...
Read more

Come Experience the Nicola Valley!

Discover the Merritt Experience!