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

Whistler Area

Whistler Region Parks and Trails
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Many arrive at the Sunshine Coast park for the sandy beach and the lake activities like swimming, hiking, tenting, camping and picnics.
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Garden Bay Road
Garden Bay
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Brent Mountain Trail is a moderate uphill hike leading to scenic views. The 4.8 km one -way trail leads explorers to the summit of Brent Mountain and 360 degree views of the Okanagan Valley and the Coast and Monashee Mountain Ranges.
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Shatford logging road
Penticton
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The park is a National Historic Site of Canada and was once a fur trading post operated by the Hudson's Bay Company. The fort was a post for trading furs, supplies, food and guns, as well as, a transportation depot for exporting goods to far away lands.
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Mavis Street
Langley
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Coombs Village is located west of Parksville BC, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The village is a popular attraction because of the unique assortment of art, services, dining and shops.
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Alberni Hwy (Hwy 4A)
Parksville
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The moderate grade hiking route leads uphill to a viewpoint on a bluff with spanning views of the valley below.
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Pineridge Street
Fort St. James
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Marble Canyon Provincial Park is a geological destination park located in a limestone canyon near the communities of Cache Creek and Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada. The canyon park rests in the middle of the Pavilion Mountain Range and includes three turquoise lakes & a campground.
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Hwy #99
Cache Creek
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Juniper Beach Provincial Park is a small campground park surrounded by a few trees, sagebrush, juniper and pear cactus located on the shores of the mighty Thompson River east of the community of Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada.
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Cache Creek
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Parkway Trail
Take note bikers and cyclist of this gem of a paved trail in Nanaimo, BC on on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada called The Parkway Trail. It is the most traveled pedestrian and biking trail - a transportation route and a connector route for moving around Nanaimo, BC.
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Trans Canada Hwy
Nanaimo
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The Balancing Rock Trail is a short 2 kilometre hike follows a dirt, earthy single-track path up the slopes of Mt. Creston via switchbacks, eventually, leading to a viewpoint, Ralph's Bridge, balancing rock and a small waterfall.
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West Creston Road
Creston
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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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Highway #26
Quesnel
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Roche Lake Provincial Park is a rugged and remote nature park consisting of seven lakes on the Thompson Plateau located south of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. The wilderness park is measured at 2,041 hectares and is best explored along a series of very rough gravel roads.
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Roche Lake Road
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The area, in and around, Cedar Lake is rugged, forested and home to much wildlife. The lake is popular for swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, camping and mountain biking in the summer months. The gravel forestry roads and bush trails in the region of the lake draw the mountain bikers and hikers.
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Golden
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Panorama Park is a green space waterfront park and sightseeing marine destination located in the community of Deep Cove. The park includes amenities like a day use picnic area, playground, washrooms, change rooms, boat launch, picnic shelter and sightseeing benches.
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Panorama Drive
Deep Cove
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Ellison Provincial Park is situated on the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake and is popular for swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and diving.
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25th Ave
Vernon
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Lily Lake is a wilderness recreation lake in the deep back country forests located southwest of the community of Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. The lake is a remote destination popular for birdwatching, horseback riding, fishing, wilderness camping and canoeing.
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