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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Yoho National Park
Field, British Columbia
Named for a Cree expression of 'awe and wonder', a trip to Yoho is truly awesome! The park's towering peaks, expansive glaciers and impressive waterfalls have attracted visitors for over a century.
These same features were the curse of railway engineers and inspired the construction of the Spiral Tunnels, an engineering marvel. Although many of its highlights are accessible by road, Yoho is also a hiker's dream. Discover half a billion year old fossils on a guided hike to the restricted Burgess Shale fossil beds or take an afternoon stroll around Emerald Lake or to Wapta Falls. Grab your hiking boots for an epic day or multi-day adventure on the park's high-elevation Iceline Trail.
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5500 Alaska Hwy
Fort Nelson, British Columbia
Located on the west side of the recreation complex within easy walking distance of Art Frazer Park, the Rotary Spray Park and Fort Nelson Museum, the Visitor Centre offers free wireless internet (WiFi) service, coffee and a selection of souvenirs and local artists work. Fort Nelson is the Gateway to the Serengeti of the North. Visitor Centre staff are friendly, knowledgeable and truly look forward to your visit. Let us help with your adventure in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality!
215 Kilby Rd
Harrison Mills, British Columbia
1920s Fraser Valley living history site with costumed interpreters. This 2 ha (5 ac) BC Heritage attraction includes our 1906 General Store Museum, Manchester House Hotel, Post Office & First Nations exhibit. Friendly farm animals & wonderful orchard playground. Restaurant, gift shop & special events. Harrison Mills is also home to the Kilby Park, located within walking distance of the historic site at the confluence of the Fraser & Harrison Rivers, on Harrison Bay. The park features our scenic 28 site campground, a day-use area, sandy beaches, nature trails & a boat launch which is open year-round. Both operated by a non profit society.
1245 E Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
Situated on the the beautiful grounds of Craig Heritage Park, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a gateway to the past. The museum is home to eight restored heritage buildings (including a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse & the town's original firehall) as well as hundreds of artifacts that help bring the past to life. The museum is also host to an extensive archival collection chronicling the lives of early pioneers in the area. With fun activities for all ages, including seniors & children, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a unique & exciting destination where the past comes alive!