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.

Provincial & National Parks

Provincial and National Parks are the most popular parks in the province. Some of the BC parks are very well developed with day use areas, amphitheaters, museums, parking lots, campgrounds, boat launches, showers and washrooms. Then there are others, generally more rural, that are left in their natural state.

Many of the Provincial and National parks in British Columbia include access to very popular Canadian outdoor activities including backpacking, boating, water skiiing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding plus camping. There are 340 Provincial Parks with campgrounds (11,075 campsites) in British Columbia. Many have a "pay to use" format in place. Here is a list of all the activities popular in our BC Parks system.

Community & Regional Parks

Community and Regional Parks are, relatively a lot smaller than Provincial and National Parks. Many are located near communities and include such items as picnic tables, sitting benches, playgrounds, band stands, paved walking trails, flower gardens, skateboard parks, viewpoints, washrooms, museums, swimming, and/or info boards. It is important to read our information pages on each park for the available amenties. 

Forestry Recreation Sites

Forestry Recreation Sites are the most rural and remote British Columbia park destinations. They are often located on rough gravel roads leading deep into the backcountry to rivers and lakes. The British Columbia parks and recreation sites are more campsite than park with no power, pit toilets and sometimes a gravel boat launch but more often a roof top boat launch. Forestry Recreation Sites are self maintained. Please leave no trace behind. Pack out what you pack in! Under each community on this website is a list of all the parks in the region. 

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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Silver Beach Provincial Park is a 130 hectare recreation and activity park located on the north end of Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake sandwiched in between Dasnier and Bughouse Bays. To the east of the park is the community of Seymour Arm which, at one time in the late 1800s, was once a gold rush town
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shuswaplake
First established in 1956 the 149 hectare Shuswap Lake Provincial Park is a full service destination park popular for swimming, boating, water skiing, sightseeing, canoeing, hiking, camping, snorkeling, wind surfing and fishing
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Shuswap Lake is the main waterway destination located in the Thompson-Shuswap region of British Columbia, Canada for recreation and activity during the sunshine months. The main communities on the lake are Salmon Arm and Sicamous.
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whitelake
White Lake is a very popular fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, swimming and wilderness camping destination. The camping area on the lake is undeveloped providing very few amenities and is only suitable for small campers and tenters.
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skimlake
A recreation lake with a quiet recreation campground with hiking, biking and horseback riding and snowshoeing trails.
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A short well-maintained walking trail explores a canyon of trees, some standing and some not, while crossing foot bridges before connecting to a viewing deck looking up at the falls.
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beachfamily
Popular sandy beach destination in the region for summer enthusiasts who enjoy swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, beachcombing, sea-doing, canoeing, water-skiing, and sun worshiping.
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oier22
The 4.4 kilometre one-way, easy-going walking trail provides great views of the bay and the many birding opportunities in the region. No trip to Salmon Arm should be without a visit to the waterfront and its long wooden pier and birding sanctuary walking trails exploring Nature Bay.
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beachfamily
Little Mountain Park is a sightseeing hiking destination with a network of trails exploring fields, forests and views overlooking the community of Salmon Arm, BC, Canada and Shuswap Lake.
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The Waterfront Marine Peace Park is located on the shores of Shuswap Lake on the waterfront of Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. The park was dedicated to international peace and understanding. It may be the most visited destination by visitors and locals in the community.
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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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Hoodoos1
This is one of our favourite outings with visitors to our area... A short, lovely drive combined with a relatively short, easy hike to a unique landscape - sure to elicit WOWs all around!
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A forest walk leading to a beautiful, clear lake near Radium Hot Springs - relatively short, little elevation gain - a good hike for anyone rain or shine.
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Popular non-motorized multi-use trail offering sweeping views over the Columbia River wetlands. Trail connects the communities of Radium & Dry Gulch and can be easily accessed from either end
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This coastal hiking trail travels along the South Eastern side of Flores Island.
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