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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
thompsonfalls
Thompson Waterfall Trail is a short 1.4 kilometre loop trail leading to a waterfall on the Blaeberry River. At the 900 metre point is the location of the waterfall.
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Blaeberry FSR
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The trail is moist and is made of mostly hard packed earth. In the spring and fall months the trail is muddy and could be washed out in areas near the creek. Much of the trail weaves in and out of the trees, stepping over roots and side stepping deadfall.
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Sandspit
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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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The summer seasons attract the mountain bike, off road (ATV and motorbikes) and hiking enthusiasts to the Dakota Ridge area. Winter is its main use for xc ski and snowshoeing.
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Sechelt Chapman Forest Service
Sechelt
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It is an easy-going short hiking trail (150 metres maybe) through a forest along the banks of the Hixon River which connects to a canyon and Hixon Falls. The canyon is home to chutes, river rapids, protective pools and swimming holes. It all depends on the season too, as river levels will fluctuate
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Hixon Creek Road
Hixon BC Canada
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Mission Creek Greenway Trail is one of the most visited recreation trails in the community of Kelowna, BC. The 17 kilometre trail explores along the shores of Mission Creek passing through many eco systems.
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Kelowna
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1 kilometre one-way path (2 kilometres return trip) leading to a beautiful waterfall located near the community. The path first explores along a high mountain ridge and then drops into a canyon forest of Lodgepole Pine, Trembling Aspen and White Spruce trees.. then treats you to a waterfall.
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Mackenzie Way
Tumbler Ridge
The U'Mista Cultural Centre is the main attraction in Alert Bay. The centre is a First Nation museum and a special gathering place for ceremonial celebrations. The goal of the centre is to remember, protect and preserve the history, traditions and cult
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Alert Bay
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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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Burnaby Mountain is one of the dominant geographical features of Burnaby, BC, Canada. The mountain peak reaches an 370 metres (1214 ft) and looks out over Burrard Inlet and the City of Vancouver.
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Barnett Highway
Burnaby
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Recreation Park is a well maintained community park in the heart of Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada. The park is 4.5 hectares (11 acres) in size and is the main park in the community visited by locals and visitors.
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Quartz Road
Cache Creek
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Richmond Nature Park has four walking trails to choose from. Each trail explore blog, forest or pond habitats. The park is located on the largest remaining and undeveloped portion of the Lulu Island Bog. Additional features in the park are a natural playground and interpretive Nature House.
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11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1B4
Richmond
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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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Fisgard Lighthouse is a sightseeing attraction and National Historic Site of Canada located in Victoria, British Columbia, (B.C.), Canada on Vancouver Island.
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603 Fort Rodd Hill Road
Victoria
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Glacier Gulch Trail in Smithers, British Columbia, Canada can be a muddy, steep hiking experience navigating rock cliffs and the muddy slopes up to the glacier on Hudson Bay Mountain. From the glacier, the views open right up looking out over the surrounding valley and providing views of Hudson Bay
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Glacier Gulch Road
Smithers

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