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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
Descano Regional Park

The Descanso Bay Regional Park is a convenient and easily accessible destination for kayaking, swimming, beachcombing, fishing and camping.
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aylor Bay Road
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
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A short well-maintained walking trail explores a canyon of trees, some standing and some not, while crossing foot bridges before connecting to a viewing deck looking up at the falls.
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Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd
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The Mamquam River is a popular destination in the Squamish, British Columbia, Canada region for hikers, mountain bikers, fisherman and horseback riders. The main trail extends along the shores of the Mamquam River eventually leading to the fish spawning channels.
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Highway 99
Squamish
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Hardy Falls Regional Park is a hiking and sightseeing destination located on the south end of Peachland, BC, Canada in the Okanagan Valley. The waterfall park includes a salmon spawning river named Deep Creek and a well maintained hiking trail leading to the falls.
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Hardy Road
Peachland
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Backpackers complete the entire one-way 10 km Cape Fife Trail in about 4-6 hours. Many backpackers take even a longer time completing the trail so to enjoy the Argonaut Plain and the many unique west coast bog environments along the way leading to the East Beach shelter at the end of the trail.
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Tow Hill Road
Masset
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The Mayer Lake Picnic Grounds is an ideal area for swimming, family picnics, relaxing, fishing and launching a boat or canoe
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Tlell
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The island is not open to the public, but many boaters and kayakers stroll by the island to observe a working lighthouse.
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Halfmoon Bay
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The park is a network of easy-grade trails looping together exploring eco systems in a forest arboretum. The trail system is lined with some sitting benches and interpretive signs describing the various sections of the forest's eco systems.
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Loran Drive
Dawson Creek
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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 Alice Lake area attracts many to the park because of the designated beach area with a pier, floating dock and a roped off swimming area on the lake.
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Hwy 99
Squamish
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A 13 hectare park destination is a wilderness park, more than a provincial park because of the rustic nature and the odd campground layout..The recreation destination is a popular getaway for explorers who enjoy boating, swimming, camping, fishing, canoeing, swimming, wind surfing and water skiing.
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Sowchea Bay Road
Fort St. James
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There are some who refer to Balance Rock as the centre of spirituality. It is one of the many natural spiritual forces at work on Haida Gwaii. The best time to view the rock is at low tide.
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Hwy 16
Skidegate
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The park is surrounded by trees, backed by mountains and situated in a rural neighborhood. Being that is so close to the community of Smithers, BC it is visited by many during the summer months for swimming, canoeing and fishing.
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Bench Road
Smithers
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Radar Hill is a lookout viewpoint providing visitors some eye candy in the form of far reaching views.
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Tofino, Ucluelet

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