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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There are three trailhead entrances leading visitors to the summit. The trails leading to the summit are considered moderately-difficult because of the elevation hiking required.
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Phillimore Point Road
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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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Central Park is located in Burnaby, BC. The park measures over 90+ hectares and is situated on the border of Downtown Vancouver and Burnaby.
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Kingsway Street
Burnaby
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Cottonwood House Historic Site is a pioneer ranch once serving the miners and fur traders traveling the Cariboo Waggon Trail. Today, it is a protected homestead, complete with heritage buildings, animals, artifacts and actors dressed in period costumes located east of Quesnel on the Heritage Hwy.
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Highway 26
Quesnel
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Indian Arm Provincial Park consists of lush forests, mountains, alpine lakes, islands, waterfalls, creeks and rivers. Activities enjoyed in the park include hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, birdwatching, water skiing, wind surfing, scuba diving, wilderness camping, boating.
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Port Moody
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The short trail is an easy grade trail leading to a pebbled beach, a lighthouse and some amazing ocean views.
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Pultenay Point Road
Sointula
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The Beautiful Bay Trail is a moderate hike along an earthy trail. The 5 kilometre route explores through the island's forest leading to hill tops with views of the surrounding ocean waters. The most popular viewpoint are the Malcolm and Numas Lookouts.
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Sointula
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The Sprockids Park covers over 14 km of trails (8.4 Mi.) with roots, jumps, ramps, teeter-bars and downhill. Mountain biking is a very popular activity on the Sunshine Coast.
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Stewart Road
Gibsons
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Cape Scott Provincial Park is a remote backpacking adventure located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The main features of the park which catch people by surprise are the unpopulated string of beautiful sandy beaches - San Josef Bay, Nels Bight, Guise Bay,
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Port Hardy
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Centennial Park is a community park popular for walking paths, flower gardens, playground, water park, volleyball, picnicking.
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93 Avenue
Fort St. John
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Sudbury Beach Park is a local community park located on Skaha Lake in the community of Penticton. The park is a day use park with a beautiful sandy beach and is popular for activities like suntanning, water sports, picnicking and relaxing.
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Penticton
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The park is a wilderness activity destination with a varied network of trails for hiking, backpacking and mountain biking.
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Roberts Creek Forestry Service Road
Roberts Creek
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This coastal hiking trail travels along the South Eastern side of Flores Island.
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Lac La Hache, BC, Canada is a small village and recreation area lining the banks of an 18 kilometre (11 mi.) recreation lake of the same name.
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Highway 97
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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

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