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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
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The lake is a very popular destination for many who like lake activities. On the shores of the small lake is a wilderness forestry campground with a day use area, pit toilets and a roof top boat launch. The lake attracts people to the park for the fishing, camping, swimming, picnicking.
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Paska Lake Road
Logan Lake
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Gyro Park is a community park stretching along the rocky shores of the Columbia River in the community of Trail, BC which is located in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. The park is a popular destination in the community for many recreational activities, festivals and events.
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Trail
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Soames Hill is a straight up 1 km (0.6 mi.). A steep hike, with hundreds of stairs, that rewards you in two ways.
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Bridgeman Road
Langdale
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The park is a protected eco system consisting of a diverse mixture of sandy beaches, rocky shoreline, intertidal marshes, tidal pools, mud flats, estuaries, grasslands and sand dunes. It is best know for its popular beach called Centennial Beach.
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Boundary Bay Road
Tsawwassen
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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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Gwillim Provincial Park is popular for many who enjoy camping, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, canoeing, fishing, windsurfing, water skiing, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and backpacking.
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Highway 29
Tumbler Ridge
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Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve is a birding and wildlife sanctuary located southwest of the community of Chilliwack,BC, Canada. The main activities include hiking, birdwatching, picnicking and sightseeing. The reserve is the site of the largest breeding population of Great Blue Herons in British Co
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Sumas Prairie Road
Chilliwack
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Kal Beach is one of the most easily accessible and one of the most popular sandy beaches on Kalamalka Lake in the area of Coldstream which is located south of downtown Vernon, BC in the North Okanagan Valley
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Husband Road
Vernon
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The waterfall park is located northeast of the community of Mission, British Columbia, Canada. The Cascade Falls Regional Park includes a hiking path, viewing deck, picnic day use area, pit toilets and a parking lot. The highlight of the park is a 30 metre (98 foot) waterfall dropping into a canyon
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Ridgeview Road
Mission
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Sudbury Beach Park is a local community park located on Skaha Lake in the community of Penticton. The park is a day use park with a beautiful sandy beach and is popular for activities like suntanning, water sports, picnicking and relaxing.
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Penticton
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Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a National Historic Site situated on the waterfront in Steveston Landing. The cannery was built in 1894 and operated until 1979 and became one of British Columbia's biggest exporters of fish goods and leading producers of canned salmon.
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4th Avenue
Richmond
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Butze Rapids is a popular attraction accessed by a 5 kilometre easy going well-maintained, mostly chip-covered trail leading to a viewing platform (1.8 km from the parking lot) which overlooks the rapids.
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Highway 16
Prince Rupert
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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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Okanagan Falls Vaseux Lake Provincial Park is a camping, swimming, fishing, birding, canoeing and hiking destination for adventurers and wildlife viewers.
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Highway #97
Okanagan Falls
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South Beach is a sandy beach destination popular for hiking and beachcombing accessed via two different hiking trails located in the Pacific Rim National Park near the Village of Tofino and Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
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Pacific Rim National Park
Tofino, Ucluelet

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