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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 Parks and Trails

Lower Mainland

Lower Mainland Parks and Trails

North BC

North BC Parks and Trails


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
Baden Powell Trail is a prime hiking route when touring the entire alpine region of the North Shore Mountains spanning from the community of Deep Cove (east) to Horseshoe Bay (west). The 42 kilometre trail travels through neighbourhoods and communities including North and West Vancouver, BC
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North Vancouver
Kekuli Bay Provincial Park covers over 57 hectares and was established in 1990. The grassland park is wide open with little tree cover. The activities enjoyed in the provincial park include birdwatching, hiking, canoeing, fishing, boating, camping, swimming and water skiing.
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The small recreation site is a two tiered campground with a small day use park. The lower tier of campsites rest on the shores of the lake and have lake access. The top tier backs onto the forest with views of the lake. They tend to be more private.
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MacKenzie Beach is a very popular sandy beach destination located south of the community of Tofino, BC on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The beach is easily accessible, close to the village and butts up next to the Pacific Rim National Park beaches.
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Helesen Rd
Hague Lake Park on Cortes Island is a recreation lake named Hague Lake. The lake is a popular swimming hole, canoe lake, hiking area and beachcombing destination on the island.
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Kw'as Bay Rd
Mansons Landing
The collection of trails are both gravel and paved. Some are both. In the summer months the trails are used for hiking, walking, biking and jogging. In the winter months, after the snow has fallen, the trails become cross country ski and snowshoe routes.
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Columbia River Trail is a hiking and sightseeing trail exploring along the eastern banks of the Columbia River near the community of Trail, BC in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. The 7 kilometre one-way trail explores a high ridge with rock bluffs.
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The rock climbing destination is located on the east side of Skaha Lake, south of Penticton, BC in the Okanagan Valley. It is covered with challenging climbing routes culminating in spectacular views of the community of Penticton, BC in the Okanagan Valley.
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Valleyview Road
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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Horseshoe Lake Forest Recreation Site is popular for hiking, birdwatching, camping, mountain biking, swimming, fishing and canoeing.
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Horseshoe Lake Road
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Low tides empty the bay exposing a pebbled, sandy beach with seagulls soaring above, Bald Eagles nesting in the nearby trees and the winds of nature surrounding you.
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School Road
Mud Bay Park is a waterfront destination consisting of marsh like conditions and exposed tidal flats located in Boundary Bay south of the community of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Activities enjoyed include walking, biking and birdwatching.
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Mud Bay Park Loop
The park is considered a recreation and campground destination in the region with a beach area, day use picnic area, 2 hiking trails, a large parking area, sani station and a child's playground.
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Bell Road
Maple Ridge
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A Haida Gwaii park includes sandy beaches, rolling sand dunes, forested old growth hiking trails, wetlands, bogs, rock cliffs, marine tidal pools, viewing look-outs, historical shipwrecks, forests populated with wildlife.
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Highway 16
The Willingdon Beach Trail is a 1.2 km trail. The Willingdon Beach Trail has some exposed beach walking opportunities. Willingdon Beach Park has parking, concession stand, museum, waterpark and grassy area.
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Marine Avenue
Powell River

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