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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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Kaslo River Trail is home to activities like walking, hiking, jogging, birdwatching, mountain biking in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter.
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Railroad Avenue
Kaslo
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The Cowichan Valley Trail starting from the Mt. Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus, BC to Saltair BC and then to Transfer Beach Park in Ladysmith, BC is approximately 14 kilometres one-way. The biking and hiking trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail / The Great Trail in the Cowichan Valley...
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Chemainus
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Moricetown Canyon is the home of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation people - one of the five First Nation communities located on or near Hwy 16. The main attraction is the Bulkley River, the Morice Canyon, the fish ladders and the wooden fish huts used for fishing.
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Highway 16
Smithers
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The hiking-only trail follows, mostly, along Colvin Creek through second growth Alder and Douglas Fir trees leading up to the views looking over Triangle Lake.
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Redrooffs Road
Halfmoon Bay
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The community of Qualicum Beach is located on the eastern shores of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Along the waterfront of the community is a pathway which provides unreal views of the far off mountains and massive beach.
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Inland Hwy (Oceanside Route)
Qualicum Beach
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The day use park area includes a secure marine boat area and a floating pier which is a popular draw for people wanting to do some boating, sightseeing, fishing or swimming.
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Garden Bay
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The point is ideal for beachcombing, sightseeing and for viewing the ocean, the marine activity, as well as, Mount Washington on Vancouver Island.
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Lacon Road
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Cottonwood House Historic Site is a pioneer ranch once serving the miners and fur traders traveling the Cariboo Waggon Trail. Today, it is a protected homestead, complete with heritage buildings, animals, artifacts and actors dressed in period costumes located east of Quesnel on the Heritage Hwy.
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Highway 26
Quesnel
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Chemaunus, BC on Vancouver Island was one of the first to bring mural art to the streets in Canada on a grand scale! Today, visitors can grab an information brochure and take a self guided mural walking tour around Chemainus visiting with murals while at the same time exploring shops and attractions
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Chemainus
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Wishing Well is a curious and special find located in a hidden clump of trees on the side of Highway 20 opposite the Tidal Flats and the Alexander MacKenzie Monument, east of the BC Ferry Terminal and west of the community of Bella Coola, BC, Canada. The little enclave is a local Wishing Well with a
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Highway 20
Bella Coola
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Some of the activities enjoyed on the lake include fishing, camping and canoeing. No power boats are permitted on this lake. There is a roof top boat launch located on the lake. Fishing is best enjoyed by trolling. Trout is the fish to catch here.
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Wapiti Lake FSR
Cranbrook
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The collection of trails are both gravel and paved. Some are both. In the summer months the trails are used for hiking, walking, biking and jogging. In the winter months, after the snow has fallen, the trails become cross country ski and snowshoe routes.
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Fernie
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St. Mary's Lake is on the northern end of Salt Spring Island, BC is popular for canoeing, kayaking, boating, birdwatching, picnicking, sightseeing and swimming.
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Lang Road
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The Smithers Community Forest enjoys an interpretive nature loop trail that explores different ecological habitats and leads to the Pine Creek Cross-Country Ski Trails neighboring the Ski Smithers Ski Hill.
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Ski Hill Road
Smithers
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Discover Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park. A sightseeing recreation park located east of the community of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. The park is a popular destination for birdwatching, hiking and picnicking...
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Elgey Road
Chilliwack

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