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
westwood
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
departurebay4
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
cablebay
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
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,
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Bird Sanctuary Drive
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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