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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Crest Creek Cragg is a rock climbing destination located east of the community of Gold River, BC on Vancouver Island, Canada. The local climbing communities maintain and review the climbing routes on a regular basis. Routes include some expert climbs for the daring and some easy routes for the begin
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Gold River
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The Beautiful Bay Trail is a moderate hike along an earthy trail. The 5 kilometre route explores through the island's forest leading to hill tops with views of the surrounding ocean waters. The most popular viewpoint are the Malcolm and Numas Lookouts.
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Sointula
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Fox Mountain Trails consists of intermediate and expert mountain biking trails exploring along a ridge, moving from east to west, and then down Fox Mountain.
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Mason Road
Williams Lake
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The park is a year round recreation and adventure destination. During the summer months (park peak months) the activities enjoyed in the park include backpacking, hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, biking, water skiing, windsurfing, horseback riding, picnicking, sightseeing, birdwatching
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Fern Crescent
Maple Ridge
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"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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Peterson Creek Nature Park in Kamloops, BC, Canada is a protected watershed park covering over 423 hectares popular for hiking, biking, dog walking, birding, sightseeing and wildlife viewing
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Glenfir Drive
Kamloops
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Okanagan Falls Christie Memorial Provincial Park is a popular sunshine destination for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, picnicking and suntanning.
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Cedar Avenue
Okanagan Falls
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The 587 hectare park includes a 124 hectare lake, a waterfall hiking trail, a sandy beach and a campground. Come camp, hike to a waterfall, fish on a lake or paddle a canoe or kayak
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Highway #33
Osoyoos
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Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a National Historic Site situated on the waterfront in Steveston Landing. The cannery was built in 1894 and operated until 1979 and became one of British Columbia's biggest exporters of fish goods and leading producers of canned salmon.
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4th Avenue
Richmond
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Fish Creek Park is a community recreation destination exploring along three paved and gravel paths through a very well maintained demonstration forest on the banks of Fish Creek.
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119 Avenue
Fort St. John
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Sicamous Creek Falls Trail is located near Swansea Point on Mara Lake south of Sicamous, British Columbia, Canada. The 400 metre easy grade loop trail follows a set of stairs down an embankment to the base of the waterfall.
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2 Mile Road
Sicamous
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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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Pacific Rim Highway
Tofino, Ucluelet
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Osoyoos Lake is Canada's warmest lake located in Canada's only desert - the Sonora Desert. The lake is a very popular destination for swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing, water skiing, sailing and fishing.
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Osoyoos
The U'Mista Cultural Centre is the main attraction in Alert Bay. The centre is a First Nation museum and a special gathering place for ceremonial celebrations. The goal of the centre is to remember, protect and preserve the history, traditions and cult
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Alert Bay
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Koocanusa Lake is a 144 kilometre long man made reservoir lake located west of Fernie. The lake is created by the Libby Dam on the Kootenay River located in Montana, U.S.A. The lake is popular for fishing, houseboating, fishing, swimming, boating and kayaking.
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Cranbrook

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