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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Upana Caves, a spelunking destination, is located near the community of Gold River, BC on Vancouver Island, Canada. The caving destination provides over 100 caves. There are said to be around 1 000 known caves on Vancouver Island. Who knew? Most of these caves are found in what is called the Quatsi
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Lizard Lake Nature Trail is a BC Forest Recreation Site ideal for wilderness camping, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, sightseeing, and wildlife watching.
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Strathcona Provincial Park is British Columbia, Canada's oldest park and Vancouver Island's biggest park measuring 202,342 hectares (500,000 acres). Strathcona Provincial Park is a year round destination park on the island. It has rivers, lakes, mountains, meadows, forests and plenty of wildlife.
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The Broughton Archipelago is one of the most beautiful, remote and untouched boating, sailing and kayaking destinations in and around the northern end of Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia (BC), Canada. It is not as well known as other boating destinations, like the Broken Islands
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The Desolation Sound marine route is located on the inside passage between central Vancouver Island and British Columbia mainland in Canada. Desolation Sound Marine Park is one of the largest coastal marine parks in North America. It is a very popular long haul, multi-day adventure route attracting
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Cape Scott Provincial Park is a remote backpacking adventure located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The main features of the park which catch people by surprise are the unpopulated string of beautiful sandy beaches - San Josef Bay, Nels Bight, Guise Bay,
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Mount Cain is North Vancouver Island's year round recreation mountain destination in British Columbia, Canada. Activites enjoyed inlcude downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing in the winter. Hiking and mountain biking are enjoyed in the summer.
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Star Lake is located near the community of Gold River, BC on Vancouver Island, Canada. The small lake is a recreation destination situated in the back country forests south of the community.
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This Vancouver Island marine route navigates a mainland fjord for 17 kilometres! The scenic route is located off the coast of northeast Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in the Queen Charlotte Strait. The route is a rugged multi day adventure exploring canyons, cliffs, beaches, waterfalls
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Raft Cove Provincial Park is a hidden gem located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Often over shadowed by San Josef Bay Beach and others - plus the remoteness of the beach - Raft Cove is often overlooked. The drive there is long and requires travel along a 60+ kilometre gravel logging road.
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The Tex Lyon Trail is a historical hiking trail dating back to the 1940s when the north end of the island was in a deep state of discovery. The hiking trail was a trail used by people traveling between Port Hardy and Fort Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. The trail is a little used route today whic
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The Knight Inlet boating and kayaking route is located off the coast of central-northeast Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The closest Vancouver Island communities to Knight Inlet are Port McNeill and Campbell River.
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Telegraph Cove is a small adventure destination hamlet located on Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada - just south of the community of Port McNeill. The adventure destination is nestled in a quiet little bay providing easy access for boating, sailing and kayaking enthusiasts to
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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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northcoast
The North Coast Backpacking Trail is an extension of the Cape Scott Backpacking Trail. The North Coast Trail is the longest and most challenging and exhaustive wilderness backpacking trail on the northern end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Although shorter than the famous West Coast
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Popular BC Parks

Kumdis River Trail
Near: Port Clements, British Columbia
The Kumdis River Trail is located north east of Port Clements, adjacent the Kumd... Read more

Wiggins Road Trail
Near: Tlell, British Columbia
Wiggins Road Trail is accessible at the end of Wiggins Rd. The trail is not form... Read more

Old Growth Alley
Near: Tlell, British Columbia
Old Growth Alley interpretive route is a difficult trail located along Highway 1... Read more

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