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
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The 95 hectare waterfront park is highlighted by a 1 kilometre white sandy beach and plenty marine scenery and activity. The park is popular for many other activities as well as swimming including beachcombing, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching and wildlife watching.
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Central Road
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The park encompasses over 800 hectares of slope on
Mount Dufferin. The highlights include a wide assortment of recreation trails (40 kilometres) and some fantastic views overlooking Kamloops and the Thompson Rivers.
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Kamloops
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Hathaway Lake in Lone Butte is part of a tight-knit, four lake series of fishing lakes which includes Sulphurous, Deka and Apollo Lakes.
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Mahood Lake Road
Lone Butte
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A massive 1470 square km wilderness park which includes evidence of a deep spiritual history of the Haida people throughout the park. As, far back as 10,000 years ago, the land of Gwaii Haanas was home to the Haida people.
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Sandspit
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Some of the activities enjoyed at Campbell Point include hiking, beachcombing, swimming, picnicking and birdwatching. Bennett Bay is considered one of the better sandy beaches on Mayne Island and that is close by.
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Isabella Lane
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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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Bowron Lakes
Barkerville
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Cypress Provincial Park is a recreation destination based in the North Shore Mountains. Activities include hiking, backpacking, wilderness camping, backpacking, picnicking, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing & snowshoeing.
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Cypress Bowl Road
West Vancouver
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Garry Point Park is an open air green space park situated on the Sturgeon Banks of the Fraser River. The park is a popular destination for sightseeing, picnicking, flying kites and for accessing a waterfront path and a sandy beach.
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7th Avenue
Richmond
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A small wilderness park with a one hour hike along the banks of a creek leading to a small waterfall and picnic area. Located outside of Qualicum Beach in Deep Bay off of Hwy #19A.
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Qualicum
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Okanagan Mountain Park is a wilderness recreation destination located on the east side of Okanagan Lake popular for activities like hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, wilderness camping, horseback riding, boating and fishing.
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Kelowna
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Victoria BC and area enjoys a great mixture of artists. Artist Alley is an opportunity for visitors to Victoria to see some of the work that local artists are creating. It is taking a piece of the west coast home with you by supporting these artists.
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Government Street
Victoria
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Monck Provincial Park Merritt BC is a family-oriented camping ground located on Nicola Lakes' northern shoreline. Centrally located, only 22km from Merritt's downtown city center. Monck Provincial Park, provides 120 vehicle-accessible campsites, including 17 double sites, with wheelchair access.
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Quilchena
Merritt BC
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A long haul, one-way 15 kilometre backpacking, horseback riding, xc skiing and mountain biking wilderness route following the same historical footsteps as the Carrier First Nation People.
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Striegler Rd
Vanderhoof
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Vancouver Island's largest downhill skiing and snowboarding recreation mountain. Mt Washington is a year round destination located in Strathcona Park. There is skiing in the winter and backpacking, hiking and mountain biking in the spring, summer and early fall.
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St. Mary Lake is popular for fishing, canoeing, swimming and birdwatching. The roads and mountains around St. Mary Lake are popular for hiking, cycling, mountain biking and hiking. The St Mary River enters and exits the lake. The exit river is a good put- in point for rafting.
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Kimberley

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