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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Wilderness park with hiking and mountain biking trails, a beaver pond, big trees, Snootli Creek... and it is a recreation destination with rodeo grounds and a baseball diamond.
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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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The Bowron Lakes Park encompasses over 149,207 hectares and is best viewed as one of BC's best known canoe and kayak paddle routes. The 116.4 kilometre paddle route explores 10 beautiful lakes, a few rivers and 6-7 portage trails.
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McLeese Lake is a destination that is popular year round. In the summer people enjoy water sports like swimming, boating, sun tanning, canoeing and fishing. Do you prefer land then there is hiking, camping, horseback riding and offroading in the surrounding hills
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Anderson Lake near Lillooet is one of the more popular recreational lakes for boating, fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, canoeing, mountain biking, off roading and snowmobiling.
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Carpenter Lake is 55 kilometres long extending from the Village of Gold Bridge on the western most point of the lake to the Terzaghi Dam on the eastern most point.
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Fountain Lake (Kwotlenemo Lake) near lillooet is popular for fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, boating, swimming, picnicking, hiking and camping.
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Seton Portage, BC, Canada near Lillooet, Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia is a small recreation village tucked away in a forested valley, surrounded by mountains, lakes, creeks and wildlife.
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Gold Bridge, BC, Canada near Lillooet, Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia is a small village wedged in between Downton and Carpenter Lakes in the Bridge River Valley region.
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Naxwit Picnic Site and Day Use Area in Lillooet, Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia, Canada is a very well maintained day-use-only site with plenty of informational billboards highlighting the history and wildlife of the region.
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Gun Lake is a large lake attracting allot of attention. The lake is popular for fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing, boating, jet boating and water skiing. Many of the local cabins on the lake have private piers with many water toys.
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Wells, BC, Canada in the North Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, British Columbia is a small town in the Cariboo Mountains perched up on a hill near the Jack of Clubs Lake east of Quesnel BC. The community is surrounded by a network of lakes and rivers, recreational trails, wildlife and B.C. history.
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Yellowhawk Trail (aka Mt. Murray Trail) is a moderate hike trekking through forests to the alpine peaks of Mount Murray, Mount Greenbury or to Mount Waverly. The round trip 8.4 kilometre alpine trail should take 3-5 hours to complete. Trail is enjoyed by hikers and cross country skiers.
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Jubilee Trail is a moderately easy 9.5 kilometre route trekking along an old forestry logging road to some switchbacks leading up to the alpine treeline and then to the alpine peak of Mount Murray. Trail is enjoyed by hikers and cross country skiers.
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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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