BC Park Ranger, Cypress Provincial Park (BC Parks photo)
Epic mountains, sparkling lakes, living rainforests and oceanside trails – there are hundreds of parks in BC to explore.
From the 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 nearly 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 and bird watching, backpacking, camping, kayaking and canoeing, swimming, fishing and boating, skiing and boarding, mountain biking and mountaineering. In 2011, both BC Parks and Parks Canada celebrated their 100th anniversaries.
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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Hwy 1 16 Km NW Of Victoria
Mill Bay, British Columbia
Goldstream Provincial Park attracts visitors to see massive trees, majestic waterfalls & a meandering river that meets the sea. Come see the flowers, birds, bald eagles, fish & annual salmon spawning run. Trails range from easy, wheelchair accessible walks to strenuous hikes. Interpretive centre on-site.
2220 Harbour Rd
Sidney, British Columbia
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve safeguards a portion of British Columbia's beautiful southern Gulf Islands. Established in 2003, park lands are dotted throughout numerous islands, islets & reefs. Enjoy kayaking, boating,camping, hiking, walking along the beaches or trails, picnicking or geocaching. Take in an interpretive program (free & fun) - check the website for more details.
Haida Heritage Centre
Skidegate, British Columbia
Explore the edge of the world. In the southern portion of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) lies Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve & Haida Heritage Site, a wild & remote place of haunting beauty. Reservations required May 1-Sep 30.
130 Km North Of Port Hardy
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Hakai boasts lagoons, reversing tidal rapids, tombolos, white-sand beaches with exposed shorelines, forested hills, large/small islands & all-weather anchorages, Hakai has a varied, scenic coastline. Under agreement with the Province, the Heiltsuk Nation manages the park.
You can experience the magic of the underground world by spelunking in the many caves protected within this unique park. Knowledgeable guides can lead visitors through the caves to discover this magical world of crystal formations & ancient fossils firsthand.
Port Renfrew, British Columbia
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park offers scenic beauty, marine & wildlife viewing & roaring surf along the 47 km wilderness trail. Easy to strenuous, day or multi-day hiking/camping offered along this rugged Pacific coastline.
8 Km South
Vernon, British Columbia
The largely undeveloped park has a natural setting. A sloping, paved trail wanders down to the beautiful private beaches with informative signs that talk about flora & fauna along the trails. In winter, cross-country skiers enjoy the wild beauty here also a great location for hiking.
45 Km NE Of Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
The park protects grizzly bears & their undisturbed habitat along the north coast of BC. Visitor use is discouraged because of high sensitivity & strict conservation orientation; however, a limited amount of controlled viewing is allowed under permit.
Hwy 3A 19 Km NE Of Nelson
Nelson, British Columbia
Perhaps the best known alpine park in the Kootenay region. The boundaries encompass 32,035 ha of some of the most scenic country found in the Selkirk Mountains, comprising a picturesque mosaic of high peaks, snowfields, cirques & colourful lake basins ideal for hiking and fishing.
Kootenay National Park
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
Kootenay National Park's rich landscape ranges from glacier-clad peaks along the continental divide to the semi-arid grasslands of the Columbia Valley. Relax and soak in history at the famous Radium Hot Springs Pools. Take an afternoon stroll on the Redstreak Restoration Interpretive Trail or discover why Olive Lake has been a traditional stopping place for travellers on a self-guided interpretive walk. Marvel at the dramatic colours, sights and sounds found in Marble Canyon as you crisscross the narrow gorge into the heart of a recent wildfire. Watch the 'slow fireworks' of wild flowers along the Stanley Glacier Trail.