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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A recreation lake with a quiet recreation campground with hiking, biking and horseback riding and snowshoeing trails.
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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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The 6-7 Km (4.3 mi.) route follows an earthy, pine-needle cushioned trail up Mount Pope via a series of switch backs to a peak providing fantastic 360 degree views. The views capture the valley including the many lakes of the region including Stuart, Tezzeron, Pinchi and Trembler Lakes.
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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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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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Cascade Falls Regional Park is located Northeast of Mission, BC, near the small community of Deroche.
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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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Very easy walking loop trail that is well laid out to follow. Activities enjoyed in the marsh include walking, photography, birding, jogging and cycling.
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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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Barkerville Historic Homestead in North Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia, Canada is BC's most popular historic mining town attraction located on the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail made popular in the late 1800s.
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The Desous Mountain trail system is designed for mountain bikers, but be aware that hikers and horseback riders also explore the back country in this area. The trails start at the top of Desous Mountain at an elevation of 1327 metres from a large gravel parking lot.
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The park consists of two levels. The upper plaza level is highlighted by the canopy and is surrounded by a row of sitting benches and a few picnic tables. The lower plaza is at street level and is identified by the large standing clock on the sidewalk.
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Boitanio Park enjoys a 2.5 kilometre paved walkway. The walkway is surrounded by a vast sheet of grass lawns, some flower gardens and a forest of fir trees. Spotted throughout the park is a series of picnic tables and sitting benches.
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This coastal hiking trail travels along the South Eastern side of Flores Island.
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Popular BC Parks

The Green Man
Near: Tlell, British Columbia
The Green Man can be seen along Highway 16 near the Crow's Nest store... Read more

Charlie Hartie Creek Trail
Near: Queen Charlotte, British Columbia
Charlie Hartie Creek is a short out and back trail located at the top of 6th str... Read more

Crabapple Creek Trail
Near: Queen Charlotte, British Columbia
Crabapple Creek Trail is located at the west end of 2nd Avenue at the cul-de-sac... Read more

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