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 Parks and Trails

Lower Mainland

Lower Mainland Parks and Trails

North BC

North BC Parks and Trails


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
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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Rainbow Lake Trail is an uphill trail that travels through open grassy fields, over hanging wooden bridges and polished rock boulders. The trail provides all explorers with an opportunity to enjoy many fantastic mountain views, remote cascading waterfalls, rumbling creeks and glacier lakes.
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Alta Lake Road
The Cowichan River Provincial Park is a popular recreation river for many outdoor adventure activities. Throughout the park are many natural features including secluded pebbled beaches, deep gorge canyons, high rocky cliffs and white water rapids.
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Fort Steele Heritage Town is a step back in time. The site is one of the larger heritage town attractions in British Columbia. And there are many. The big appeal of the Fort Steele Town attraction is the abundance of activity, the historic buildings and the friendly pioneer actors.
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Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park is located east of the community of Watson Lake, Yukon Territory on the British Columbia side of the Alaska Highway. The park features a campground, wildlife sightings and two natural hot springs. Together they are the largest hot springs in Canada!
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Liard River
Fernie Alpine Ski Resort is located southwest of the community of Fernie, British Columbia in the Kootenay region of BC, Canada. Fernie Alpine Ski Resort is a year round recreation destination popular for skiing and snowboarding in the winter and mountain biking and hiking in the summer.
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5339 Ski Area Road
St. Mary's Lake is on the northern end of Salt Spring Island, BC is popular for canoeing, kayaking, boating, birdwatching, picnicking, sightseeing and swimming.
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Lang Road
The lake is the main recreation lake in the region and is located north of the community of Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada. Activities on the lake include boating, fishing, birdwatching, sightseeing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing.
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Pitt Meadows
The highlights of the park are the lake, 200 metre sandy beach and campground. The park measures over 40 hectares in size. The heavily forested park is popular for activities including hiking, boating, canoeing, swimming, bird watching, camping and fishing.
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Telkwa High Road
The Blanket Creek Park is planted in a forest of white pine, western cedar and second growth western hemlock trees. The park on Upper Arrow Lake includes a day use area, car top boat launch, campground and hiking trails. The boat launch is not directly on the lake and requires a short portage.
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The wildlife sanctuary is the first virgin eco system set aside for the declining population of the north coast Grizzly Bear. Khutzeymateen/K'tzim-a-Deen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary is the main part (45,000 hectares) of the 380,000 hectare no hunting zone.
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Baden Powell Trail is a prime hiking route when touring the entire alpine region of the North Shore Mountains spanning from the community of Deep Cove (east) to Horseshoe Bay (west). The 42 kilometre trail travels through neighbourhoods and communities including North and West Vancouver, BC
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North Vancouver
Fish Creek Park is a community recreation destination exploring along three paved and gravel paths through a very well maintained demonstration forest on the banks of Fish Creek.
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119 Avenue
Fort St. John
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On Salt Spring Island, from the Baynes Peak Summit on Mount Maxwell the mountain park enjoys ocean, mountain and island views of Burgoyne Bay and the Sansum Narrows.
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Mount Maxwell Road
Mt. Nkwala Mountain Trail is a short hiking and biking route, primarily used by hikers, which leads to a mountain peak with some great lake views of the Okanagan Valley.
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Rifle Range Rd.

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