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
minoru-park
Minoru Park is a three fold park. One section of the park is a nature park with gardens, lake and walking paths, one section consists of sporting fields and the other section is the location of some of the popular community buildings in Richmond.
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Granville Avenue
Richmond
Denninger Scout Trail is a challenging, thigh-burning hike up a steep grade of Bald Mountain for 8.8 kilometres before reaching the summit with far reaching views. To assist in your steep hike there are about 9 to 10 switchbacks along
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Lake Cowichan
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Howe Creek Trail in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada is an easy grade walking route wandering among a forest of trees, exploring alongside a creek while experiencing the side streets of the community.
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Bailey Street
Terrace
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Heritage Walking Tour is an informative route following the path of many historical photo kiosks while walking the downtown streets in the the community
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100 Avenue
Fort St. John
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First Beach is located on the sandy shores of English Bay in Downtown Vancouver. The beach is one of the more popular beaches in the city and, due to ease of access, it is also one of the more populated beaches during the summer months.
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Beach Avenue
Vancouver
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Hiking and mountain biking trails exploring the banks of the Puntledge River connecting to Nymph Falls is the highlight of the park.
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4447 Forbidden Plateau Road
Courtenay
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The point is ideal for beachcombing, sightseeing and for viewing the ocean, the marine activity, as well as, Mount Washington on Vancouver Island.
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Lacon Road
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China Nose Mountain Trail is a challenging hike to summit views. The peak provides a phenomenal view of the surrounding mountain ranges and the many lakes and rivers of the Bulkley Valley.
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Mckilligan Road
Houston
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Giscome Heritage Trail in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada is a designated heritage trail located north of the community of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
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Mitchell Road
Prince George
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The highlights of the park include the two recreation lakes, the multi-use trail network, sandy beaches and the natural scenery.The activities most enjoyed in the Elk / Beaver Lake Regional Park include hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming, fishing.
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Victoria
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Campbell River is a designated British Columbia Heritage River and a fishing destination. The river along with the oceans play a big part in why the community is called "The Salmon Capital of the World." The Campbell River is best known as a fishing river.
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Campbell River
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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
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Richmond Nature Park is a wetland-bog area popular for walking, birdwatching, picnicking, wildlife watching and photography located in the City of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.
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Westminster Highway
Richmond
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Barnet Marine Park is a sightseeing marine destination with trails, change rooms, outdoor showers, grassy lawns, swimming area, BBQs, washrooms, canoe launch, off leash dog area, fishing pier and various day use picnic sites.
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Takeda Drive
Burnaby
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Britannia Heritage Shipyard is a National Historic Site situated on the waterfront in Steveston Landing. The Britannia Heritage Shipyard operated from 1917 to 1980. It was a premier boat building and restoration facility in its day. Now it is a museum with artifacts, displays and exhibits.
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Westwater Drive
Richmond

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