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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Morse Creek Pond Park in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada is a gem of a park nestled alongside Morse Creek with excellent wilderness walking trails leading to a great day of hiking and exploring creek habitat and west coast forests.
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2nd Avenue
Prince Rupert
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McClymont Park in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada featuring 3 Totem Poles popular for walkers, roller bladers, mountain bikers and joggers.
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Highway 16
Prince Rupert
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The area is a popular destination for hikers, but also for wildlife. Visiting Oliver Lake and hiking the Dwarf Forest Trail provides a good opportunity to view Bald Eagles and Ravens.
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Ridley Island Rd
Prince Rupert
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Service Park in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada is an elevated park located in the centre of the commercial district of Prince Rupert, BC. The park sits on a hillside on Fulton Street surrounded by floral gardens, protected by Totem Poles and dissected by a paved walking path.
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Fulton Street
Prince Rupert
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A small two level park with a short pebbled walkway leading through a tunnel into an open area surrounded by brick walls fronting floral gardens.
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1st Ave
Prince Rupert
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The park is an ideal destination for bird watching and photography. It is a chance for casual walks and pleasant thoughts while sitting on one of the many viewing benches lining the shore.
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1st Avenue
Prince Rupert
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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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Cottonwood Park in Fort St. James, British Columbia, Canada is a popular north end park with historic displays and lake views of Stuart Lake. A large lake which partakes in many recreational activities enjoyed by locals and visitors.
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Highway 27
Fort St. James
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The moderate grade hiking route leads uphill to a viewpoint on a bluff with spanning views of the valley below.
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Pineridge Street
Fort St. James
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Echo Lake Trail in Fort St. James, British Columbia, Canada is a 1.5 kilometre wilderness trail leading to the shores of Echo Lake.
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Fish Lake FSR
Fort St. James
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The lake is an ideal destination to canoe, swim and fish. If your timing is right the wilderness site is all yours creating an ideal destination for groups to play with no interruptions.
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Fish Lake FSR
Fort St. James
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The Fort St. James National Historic Site is a wonderful journey into the past of BC, Canada. Each village building has a story to tell and is connected by a raised boardwalk path.
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Kwah Road
Fort St. James
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Paarens Beach Provincial Park enjoys a sandy beach frontage with views of Fort St. James, Mount Pope and the Omineca Mountain Range. It is popular for camping, picnics, fishing, canoeing, boating, camping, swimming.
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Sowchea Bay Road
Fort St. James
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The 6-7 Km (4.3 mi.) route follows an earthy, pine-needle cushioned trail up Mount Pope via a series of switch backs to a peak providing fantastic 360 degree views. The views capture the valley including the many lakes of the region including Stuart, Tezzeron, Pinchi and Trembler Lakes.
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Stones Bay Road
Fort St. James
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A 13 hectare park destination is a wilderness park, more than a provincial park because of the rustic nature and the odd campground layout..The recreation destination is a popular getaway for explorers who enjoy boating, swimming, camping, fishing, canoeing, swimming, wind surfing and water skiing.
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Sowchea Bay Road
Fort St. James
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The lake is a popular recreation destination for many locals and visitors but what makes Stuart Lake even more special is that it is part of a chain of lakes extending over 300 kilometres long connecting Stuart with the Trembleur and Takla Lakes.
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Fort St. James
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Established in 1989, the 54 acre park includes the Huble Homestead and the many pioneer buildings plus the Giscome Heritage Trail. The homestead is a popular historical destination in the Giscome Regional Park located north of Prince George, BC, Canada.
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Mitchell Road
Prince George
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Heritage River Trails follow the shores of the Nechako and Fraser Rivers and is popular for connecting to parks and walking , jogging, biking and sightseeing.
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River Road
Prince George
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The park centres around a large paved boat launch that provides access to the Nechako River for boaters and canoers. Dissecting the park is a community walking path known as the Heritage River Trail.
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River Road
Prince George
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The forested 3.5 kilometre trail follows the same route traveled by the early surveyors when planning out the railway line for the railroad companies. The trail leads to views of the Fraser River.
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Guay Road
Prince George
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