Wells Grey Provincial Park (iStockphoto.com / Glowing Earth Photography)
Epic mountains, sparkling lakes, living rainforests and oceanside trails – there are hundreds of parks in BC to explore.
From world-ranked Stanley Park in the heart of Vancouver to Gwaii Haanas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that puts the "wild" into wilderness, British Columbia is renowned for having the most extensive parks system in Canada – there are more than 1,000 provincial parks and protected areas, plus many more national and city parks.
Walking and hiking are a given in virtually every park. Beyond that, there is wildlife viewing, backpacking, camping, kayaking and canoeing, swimming, fishing and boating, skiing and boarding, mountain biking and mountaineering.
World's Best Park
Vancouver's Stanley Park was named 'Best Park in the World' in TripAdvisor's 2014 "Top 25 Parks" list.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Three of BC's parks are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, signifying that they are a protected area of global significance.
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A popular tourist attraction for the town of Hope & provides viewing, walking & picnicking opportunities. The hiking trail links to the historic Hope-Nicola Cattle Trail & the Othello tunnels were cut through granite for past railway access.
Cypress offers towering North Shore Mountains that form a backdrop to the bustling city of Vancouver. Outdoor recreationists can enjoy hiking & sightseeing, photography, wilderness camping, mountain biking (in limited areas), skiing & other snow-related activities.
This park is a yachter's paradise at the confluence of Malaspina Inlet & Homfray Channel with more than 60 km of shoreline, several islands, numerous small bays & snug coves. The forested upland offers trails & wilderness tent sites. It is a great location for power boating as well as sailing.
68 Km East Of Hope
Hope, British Columbia
Manning Park is one of the most popular destination areas in the province. The landscape diversity of this park combined with 4 seasons' development, provides a wide range of both summer & winter recreational opportunities such as hiking, horseback riding, kayaking & canoeing.
104 Km North Of Sparwood
Sparwood, British Columbia
Located within the western ranges of the southern Rocky Mountains, this is an easily accessible wilderness park characterized by outstanding sub-alpine landscapes, remnant glaciers, rugged peaks & productive lakes. Fishing, hiking & horseback riding trails available.
Fintry Provincial Park includes the former Fintry Farm Estate, a heritage site with a colourful history. There is over 2 km of waterfront property with surrounding mountains & canyons that offer camping, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, wildlife viewing & a great location for power boating.
Off Hwy 99
Squamish, British Columbia
Located in the heart of the Coast Mountains, 70 km north of Vancouver. Offering over 90 km of established hiking trails. One of the favourite year round destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. Offers five access routes; varying difficulty levels for hikers.
80 Km West Of Golden
Golden, British Columbia
Once seen as a rugged, inaccessible place where only the wild spirited & adventurous would dare enter, Glacier National Park is home to some of Canada's most fascinating transportation & mountaineering stories. Backcountry enthusiasts can enjoy Glacier's challenging peaks & deep snow while those looking for a more relaxing experience can take a leisurely stroll along the many short trails. At the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre visitors are invited to 'try on some history' as they pose in a new interpretive sculpture exhibit celebrating over a century of women's 'skirtless' mountaineering.
20 Km Northeast Of Grand Forks
Grand Forks, British Columbia
The Monashee Mountains surround the warm Christina Lake at the park & is a perfect backdrop for a variety of water oriented recreational activities. Along with these water activities, there is hiking, fishing & horseback riding to enjoy the area.
11 Km North Of Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Golden Ears is one of the largest recreational provincial parks in the province. The extensive system of trails within the park provides an excellent opportunity for hiking & horseback riding. Alouette Lake is a popular spot for many water activities.