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.

Provincial & National Parks

Provincial and National Parks are the most popular parks in the province. Some of the BC parks are very well developed with day use areas, amphitheaters, museums, parking lots, campgrounds, boat launches, showers and washrooms. Then there are others, generally more rural, that are left in their natural state.

Many of the Provincial and National parks in British Columbia include access to very popular Canadian outdoor activities including backpacking, boating, water skiiing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding plus camping. There are 340 Provincial Parks with campgrounds (11,075 campsites) in British Columbia. Many have a "pay to use" format in place. Here is a list of all the activities popular in our BC Parks system.

Community & Regional Parks

Community and Regional Parks are, relatively a lot smaller than Provincial and National Parks. Many are located near communities and include such items as picnic tables, sitting benches, playgrounds, band stands, paved walking trails, flower gardens, skateboard parks, viewpoints, washrooms, museums, swimming, and/or info boards. It is important to read our information pages on each park for the available amenties. 

Forestry Recreation Sites

Forestry Recreation Sites are the most rural and remote British Columbia park destinations. They are often located on rough gravel roads leading deep into the backcountry to rivers and lakes. The British Columbia parks and recreation sites are more campsite than park with no power, pit toilets and sometimes a gravel boat launch but more often a roof top boat launch. Forestry Recreation Sites are self maintained. Please leave no trace behind. Pack out what you pack in! Under each community on this website is a list of all the parks in the region. 

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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Fairy Lake is most famous for the lonely fir tree surviving in the middle of the lake. Many photos have been taken of this little guy making a go of it under tough conditions. The lone twisted tree poking out of the lake perched on a sunken log makes for a great photo.
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Kennedy Lake is a large fresh water lake located in-between the communities of Tofino and Ucluelet, BC on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Kennedy Lake amenities include 2 day use areas, campsites, and a boat launch. Both picnic areas are located on the south end of the
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The Broken Islands is a collection of 100 or so islands and islets popular for kayaking, boating, scuba diving and sailing located off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The Broken Islands are part of the Pacific Rim National Park. The communities with the best water
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The Rainforest Trail is a sightseeing forested boardwalk trail located in the Pacific Rim National Park near the Villages of Tofino and Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
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Chesterman Beach is one of the longer, larger sandy beach attractions close to the community of Tofino, BC on Vancouver Island, Canada. It is not one of the beaches within the Pacific Rim National Park, but might as well be.
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Cox Bay is a smaller sandy beach destination which is lesser known by tourists and more popular by the locals. Crowds are less because the waves are bigger, it is farther from Tofino and there is no direct vehicle access. Visitors arrive via a trail or by ocean kayak. Cox Bay is located south of the
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Botanical Beach is a marine research laboratory for the young. There are tidal pools filled with life at low tides that reveal a whole new world. The beach and pools are located on the westcoast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in the small Village of Port Renfrew, BC.
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Nuu-chah-nulth Trail is a connecting hiking trail visiting sandy beaches and exploring a rainforest on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the Pacific Rim National Park near the Villages of Tofino and Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada.
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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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Tonquin Beach and Trail is a small, private sandy beach adventure located within a short driving or biking distance from the Village of Tofino on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The park is one of the smaller beach destinations in the area, as well as, one receiving smaller crowds as it
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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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Spruce Fringe Trail is an easy-going hiking trail located in the Pacific Rim National Park connecting visitors to Combers Beach. The trail is an up and down pathway located near the Villages of Tofino and Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
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Shorepine Bog is a hiking trail exploring a sensitive ecological system located in the Pacific Rim National Park near the Villages of Tofino and Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. A raised boardwalk trail navigates around shorepine trees and dwarfed shrubs including species like
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Clayoquot Sound is a wilderness remote marine destination off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada north of the Village of Tofino, BC, Canada. The sound is best known for its old growth trees, islands and wildlife sightings.
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Wickaninnish Beach is one of the more popular beaches due because it is long, beautiful and lined with high end resorts. Located in the Pacific Rim National Park, the beach is situated south of Tofino, BC and north of the Village of Ucluelet, BC on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
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