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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Activities enjoyed at the beach include swimming, beachcombing and sightseeing. The beach is also a beach launch site for kayakers looking to explore the coastline. There are islands along the coastline worth exploring like Newcastle, Jesse, Snake and Brandon Islands. There is parallel parking
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Departure Bay Road
Nanaimo
Bowen Park is a popular area for many activities including swimming, birdwatching, hiking, picnicking, disc golf, tennis, baseball and lawn bowling. Swimming can be enjoyed in the river or in the outdoor swimming pool in the park. Birdwatching is best enjoyed near the duck pond or at the south end
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Bowen Road
Nanaimo
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Long wilderness hikes into the backcountry offering up views of the Vancouver Island coastline from Nanaimo to Qualicum Bay. Scenery is spectacular.
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Port Alberni
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The 158 hectare park draws cavers from around the world to British Columbia. Both beginners and experts caving opportunities. Within the park are numerous caves and caverns to explore. There are guided interpretive tours for the deeper caves and self guided tours throughout the smaller caves.
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Nearby Community
Qualicum
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Westwood Lake Park: A 50 hectare day use park with a sandy beach, swimming area with a floating dock, picnic tables, playground, boat launch and a large network of hiking and biking trails. The lake is a popular destination for swimming, canoeing, fishing for trout, hiking, jogging, dog walking, mou
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Westwood Lake Rd
Nanaimo
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Rathtrevor Provincial Park is a large beach park located in the community of Parksville, BC on Vancouver Island, Canada. The 347 hectare park enjoys a large sandy beach, fantastic marine views, hiking trails and a very popular campground.
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Parksville
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The 65 hectare wilderness park includes a fresh water lake, a sandy beach and two day use areas. The lake park is popular for canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, swimming, wind surfing, fishing, scuba diving and beachcombing.
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Nearby Community
Qualicum
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Cable Bay Trail. Hike 1.9 km out to a bay and maybe see some sea lions and eagles. Wood chip trail is easy going and takes maybe 40 minutes. Located south of the Duke Point Hwy
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Nicola Road
Nanaimo
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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,
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Bird Sanctuary Drive
Nanaimo
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Community Beach is the most popular beach destination in Parksville. At low tide the ocean waters recede back 500 metres into the ocean revealing tidal pools, shells and kilometres of wet sand. It is at low tides when beachcombing is best..
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Parksville
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Cameron Lake. Beautiful sandy beach for swimming, picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and windsurfing.
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Port Alberni
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Englishman River Falls Park. A hiking and waterfall park located near the community of Parksville, BC. The park includes a campground, day use area and a steep, well maintained, trail leading to various viewpoints and lookouts perched high above the river and the falls.
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Errington Road
Parksville
Diver Lake Park has a fitness circuit trail, walking paths, picnicking, playground and a dock. Lots to do and areas to relax.
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Nanaimo
Gardens and walking paths, 350 rhododendrons, primarily hybrids. Great assortment of colors and smells. Access from Bowen Road.
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Nanaimo
Jack Point/Biggs Park is located near Duke Point. Hiking trails exploring beaches and forests. Good views of islands and the city of Nanaimo. Access off of the Duke Point Ferry Rd.
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Nanaimo
Hiking trail follows the Millstone River for 2.8 km. Excellent ride for cyclists and comfortable walk for hikers. Access at Maffeo-Sutton Park or quarterway bridge by Bowen Park.
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Nanaimo
Swy-A-Lana Lagoon & Maffeo-Sutton Park. Saltwater lagoon with grass lawns, walkway, picnic area, fishing pier and a bridge from the lagoon to the park area.
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Nanaimo
Hiking trails exploring a 28 hectre park including a day use swimming area and picnic site. Trail systems interact with Trans Canada Trail and the Parkway Trail. Access from Harewood Mines Rd.
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Nanaimo
A loop trail system. Great for hikers and mountain bikers. Access in Qualicum Bay off of Hwy 19A onto Lions Way.
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Qualicum

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