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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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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.
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Cascade Highway
Rossalnd
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The Haynes Point Provincial Park is situated on a spit surrounded by sandy beaches, a lake and wetlands popular for swimming, sun bathing, boating, camping, hiking and fishing.
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32 Avenue
Osoyoos
helmer
Helmer Lake is a popular destination for fishing, camping, canoeing, boating and off roading during the spring and summer months. In the winter months the lake is one of the trailhead parking lots leading into the Swakum Mountain Snowmobile Trails.
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Merritt
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
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South Shore Road
Lake Cowichan
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Peace Park is a place of reflection for some as it is a memorial park. For others, the flutter of the three flags and the rumblings of the creek is what draws them to the sitting benches in the park. For some, the picnic tables and rainbow colors of the flower gardens draws them to the area.
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107 Avenue
Dawson Creek
minoru-park
Minoru Park is a three fold park. One section of the park is a nature park with gardens, lake and walking paths, one section consists of sporting fields and the other section is the location of some of the popular community buildings in Richmond.
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Granville Avenue
Richmond
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The Perimeter Trail is 13 kilometres long and follows the shores of the Bulkley River, Chicken Creek and Kathlyn Creek. The footpath is an excellent way to explore the many community parks and designated green space in the Smithers region.
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Fulton Avenue
Smithers
desolationsound
The Desolation Sound marine route is located on the inside passage between central Vancouver Island and British Columbia mainland in Canada. Desolation Sound Marine Park is one of the largest coastal marine parks in North America. It is a very popular long haul, multi-day adventure route attracting
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laclejeune
Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park is an activity & campground destination because of the beautiful lakes in the area and the massive network of hiking and cross country skiing trails spread out across the region. The popular provincial park was first designated a park in 1956
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Lac Le Jeune Road
Kamloops
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The wilderness park has 4 sections - China Beach, Juan de Fuca Marine Hiking Trail, Sombrio Beach, Botanical Beach. All are top notch sightseeing and adventure destinations outdoor adventure activities enjoyed include hiking, backpacking, swimming, beachcombing, picnicking, wildlife and camping.
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The area is a popular destination for swimming fishing and for beach activities. There are picnic tables onsite and a leisure easy grade trail exploring around the perimeter of Ruby Lake. The loop hiking trail is approximately 0.8 km long.
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Highway 101
Egmont
paul-lake
Paul Lake Provinical Park is only a half hour drive northeast of Kamloops, B.C., Canada in the Thompson-Shuswap region of British Columbia, Canada. This park features a beautiful blue lake, a 7 kilometre hiking trail, a campground and a 400 metre white sandy beach.
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Pinantan Rd
Kamloops
garry-point-park
Garry Point Park is an open air green space park situated on the Sturgeon Banks of the Fraser River. The park is a popular destination for sightseeing, picnicking, flying kites and for accessing a waterfront path and a sandy beach.
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7th Avenue
Richmond
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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
communityforest
Covering over 2000 hectares, the Cranbrook Community Forest trail system is a popular place for hikers, mountain bikers, joggers and walkers in the summer. During the winter the trails become cross country ski trails.
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Cranbrook

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