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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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The area is a popular destination for swimming fishing and for beach activities. There are picnic tables onsite and a leisure easy grade trail exploring around the perimeter of Ruby Lake. The loop hiking trail is approximately 0.8 km long.
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Highway 101
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Bodega is best known for its 3.5 - 4 kilometre hiking trail and birdwatching opportunities following along a mountain ridge overlooking Trincomali Channel, Wallace Island Marine Park and Saltspring Island.
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Cottage Way
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Popular non-motorized multi-use trail offering sweeping views over the Columbia River wetlands. Trail connects the communities of Radium & Dry Gulch and can be easily accessed from either end
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Radium Hot Springs
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One of the historic settler trails in the area, this trail crosses the Nadu River and introduces you to the bog environment and settler remnants
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Highway 16
Port Clements
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Helmer Lake is a popular destination for fishing, camping, canoeing, boating and off roading during the spring and summer months. In the winter months the lake is one of the trailhead parking lots leading into the Swakum Mountain Snowmobile Trails.
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Askew Park is a 3.4 hectare forested park and wilderness trail located in the heart of Chemainus, BC, Canada in the Cowichan Valley. The park is popular year round for hiking, walking , picnicking and birdwatching.
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Oak Street
Chemainus
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Witty's Lagoon Regional Park is a 56 hectare park popular for beaches, hiking, swimming. There is a waterfall, a beach, some trails, a creek, a salt marsh, a spit and a rocky shoreline.
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Metchosin Road
Sooke
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Christina Crest Trail is a 20 kilometre one-way mountain biking, hiking, backpacking and horseback riding route exploring the vast wilderness landscape, in and around, the Santa Rosa Summit on the Cascade Highway located west of the community of Rossland
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Santa Rosa Road
Rossland
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Beatton Park is popular for hiking, swimming, boating, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, camping, xc skiing, cross country, ice fishing and snowshoeing.
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244 Road
Fort St. John
Denninger Scout Trail is a challenging, thigh-burning hike up a steep grade of Bald Mountain for 8.8 kilometres before reaching the summit with far reaching views. To assist in your steep hike there are about 9 to 10 switchbacks along
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Lake Cowichan
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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
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Panorama Village located on the mountain is a full serviced mountain community popular for mountain biking, golfing & hiking in the summer months and skiing and snowboarding in the winter months.
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Invermere
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The Bowron Lakes Park encompasses over 149,207 hectares and is best viewed as one of BC's best known canoe and kayak paddle routes. The 116.4 kilometre paddle route explores 10 beautiful lakes, a few rivers and 6-7 portage trails.
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Wells
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Herald Provincial Park,established in 1975, is a 79 hectare activity park is located on the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake west of the community of Sicamous, BC and north of the community of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada. In the park Reinecker Creek empties into Shuswap Lake and, nearby, Bastion
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Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road
Sicamous
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Gorman Lake Trail is an alpine lake and hiking trail in the backcountry mountains situated north of the community of Golden, BC in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. The lake destination is part of the Dogtooth Range of the Columbia Mountains.
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Kicking Horse Drive
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