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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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Popular sandy beach destination in the region for summer enthusiasts who enjoy swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, beachcombing, sea-doing, canoeing, water-skiing, and sun worshiping.
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3799 Canoe Beach Dr
Salmon Arm
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Centennial Park is a popular location for relaxing, lunches, sightseeing and outdoor events. During the summer months the park is the home to a farmers market, art shows, events and festivals.
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Lower Ganges Rd
Ganges
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The 4 Corners Trail, located within Naikoon Provincial Park, was originally an old settler wagon road established to access parcels of land and homesteads. Today, it is mossy and overgrown, but the early part of the trail makes for a nice hike.
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Tow Hill Rd
Masset, BC
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Marquart Lake is located east of the community of Merritt, BC, Canada popular for fishing, canoeing and camping when exploring the wilderness regions near Sugarloaf Mountain.
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Lundbom Lake Road
Merritt
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Silver Beach Provincial Park is a 130 hectare recreation and activity park located on the north end of Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake sandwiched in between Dasnier and Bughouse Bays. To the east of the park is the community of Seymour Arm which, at one time in the late 1800s, was once a gold rush town
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Squilax Road
Sorrento
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Brent Mountain Trail is a moderate uphill hike leading to scenic views. The 4.8 km one -way trail leads explorers to the summit of Brent Mountain and 360 degree views of the Okanagan Valley and the Coast and Monashee Mountain Ranges.
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Shatford logging road
Penticton
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The trail is over 600 kilometres in length and is a popular route for hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horseback riding and dirt biking in the summer months. During the winter, some of the sections of the trail become cross country ski, snowmobile and snowshoe routes.
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Elliott's Beach Park is a small pebbled beach located in the Cowichan Valley, northeast of Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada on Vancouver Island. The beach park is situated in a small quiet bay, surrounded by rock outcroppings, in an area of Ladysmith referred to as Yellow Point.
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Elliott Way
Ladysmith
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Mt. Wells Regional Park and hiking trail is located on Vancouver Island near the community of Langford, British Columbia, Canada which is west of Victoria, B.C., Canada. Mt. Wells Regional Park is a 123 hectare (304 acre) forested park destination first established in 1994.
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Humpback Road
Victoria
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The park located in the centre of the community includes activities like birdwatching, walking, jogging, fishing, picnicking and rollerblading. The paved, level trails also make the park very wheelchair and baby stroller friendly.
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Pinetree Way
Coquitlam
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Garry Point Park is an open air green space park situated on the Sturgeon Banks of the Fraser River. The park is a popular destination for sightseeing, picnicking, flying kites and for accessing a waterfront path and a sandy beach.
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7th Avenue
Richmond
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Kin Park is a small ocean beach park located in the community of Chemainus, BC on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The ocean park is a popular spot for beachcombing, sightseeing, picnicking, swimming and for launching a boat so to access one of the nearby islands.
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Maple Street
Chemainus
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Centennial Park is a leisure park and trail destination located in the small community of 100 Mile House, British Columbia, Canada. The wide open spaces, the Bridge Creek Trail and the well maintained grass lawns provide an ideal setting for summer activities.
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Cedar Avenue
100 Mile House
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The trail to Scout Lake is something of a hidden gem in the Village of Queen Charlotte because not a lot of people know about it. To access this trail, you must hike to the official terminus of the Charlie Hartie Creek Trail (top of 6th Street, just off 1st Ave)
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6th Street
Queen Charlotte
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The Knob 2 hiking trail enjoys navigating the side of Mount Elphinstone (4,137 feet/1261 m).Prepare well with water and good hiking boots, as it takes 2 hours one way, 4 hours round trip and that is not taking into consideration the long picnic many enjoy at the summit
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Wharf Road
Gibsons

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