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
sproatlake
Sproat Lake is a recreation lake located west of the community of Port Alberni, BC on Vancouver Island, Canada. The park is easily accessable therefore it is a very popular park in the summer months for swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, wind surfing and water skiing.
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Sproat Lake Road
Port Alberni
View of Entrance Island from Bells landing
There is an 4 kilometre one way hiking route that connects Orlebar Point with Gabriola Sands Provincial Parks. From Orlebar Point the hiking route follows a rocky shoreline.
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Berry Point Road
cablebay
Cable Bay Trail. Hike 1.9 km out to a bay and maybe see some sea lions and eagles. Wood chip trail is easy going and takes maybe 40 minutes. Located south of the Duke Point Hwy
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Nicola Road
Nanaimo
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Grey Canal Bella Vista in Vernon BC Canada is a flat scenic hike that takes you behind orchards, residential homes and through grassland areas. Things to do in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.
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6996 Pinto Pl, Vernon, BC V1H 1B9
Vernon
grant-narrows
The Grant Narrows Regional Park is situated on the southern shores of Pitt Lake and on the banks of the Pitt River. However... it is an enclosed park surrounded by dykes and nearby wetland, bog and marsh areas - most notably the Katzie Marsh and the Pitt-Addington Marsh Wildlife Management Area.
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Rannie Road
Pitt Meadows
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Pilot Bay Provincial Park is a marine and recreation park on Kootenay Lake, in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. The park is located south of the ferry landing in Kootenay Bay and, just, southwest of the resort village of Crawford Bay.
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Crawford Bay
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The moderate 7.2 km mountain bike & hiking trail connecting to high ridge views overlooking trail and the Columbia River.
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Goepel Street
Trail
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The Gibsons Waterfront Seawalk explores along the coastline of Gibsons Harbour revealing the marine atmosphere of the community, as well as, providing beautiful marine scenery.
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Gibsons
Easy nice walk for families and learn about Enderby history, and visit the visitor centre for more local information.
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Enderby
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The three trails (East Loop, South Loop, West Trails) provide different levels of hiking difficulty and variations in the wilderness scenery. Located in between the community of Bella Coola and the Village of Hagensborg.
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Snooka Forest Service Road
Bella Coola
kitsilano-beach
"Kits" as referred to by the locals, is one of the more lively and crowded sandy beaches in the Metro Vancouver region. Some say "Kits" is one of the nicest sandy beaches in the region. The beach is white, long and enjoys great views of the coastline.
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Yew Street
Vancouver
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Cultus Lake Provincial Park is a popular recreation and activity destination near Chilliwack, BC, Canada. This Vancouver area park surrounds a large fresh water lake decorated with sandy beaches and forested shorelines consisting of maple, hemlock and douglas-fir trees.
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Cultus Lake
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Craigdarroch Castle is located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The castle is a Victorian era, Scottish Baronial mansion considered by many as an architectural wonder.
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1050 Joan Crescent
Victoria
frenchbeach
French Beach Provincial Park is situated south of Port Renfrew, BC and just north of Sooke, BC on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The 59 hectare French Beach Provincial Park was established in 1974 in honor of an early pioneer who lived in the region named James French.
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Highway 14
Sooke, Port Renfrew
highrim
Okanagan High Rim Trail is a long distance hiking, backpacking and snowshoe trail exploring along the eastern slopes of the Thompson Plateau from the community of Vernon, BC to Mission Creek. The 50 kilometre wilderness trail explores many diverse eco systems.
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Philpot Road
Vernon

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