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
The highlights of the park are the lake, 200 metre sandy beach and campground. The park measures over 40 hectares in size. The heavily forested park is popular for activities including hiking, boating, canoeing, swimming, bird watching, camping and fishing.
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Telkwa High Road
A unique fishing village situated on pylons and rustic docks connected by raised wooden boardwalk paths leading to spanning views overlooking Inverness Passage.
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Hwy 44
Prince Rupert
The park setting is well maintained with tiled walking paths leading to spectacular viewpoints with sitting benches looking out over the Prince Rupert Harbour and, to the left, the Rotary Waterfront Park.
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1st Avenue
Prince Rupert
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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