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Wells Grey Provincial Park (iStockphoto.com / Glowing Earth Photography)

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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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Alice Lake Provincial Park - Squamish

Off Hwy 99
Squamish, British Columbia
V8B 0X3

Alice Lake is surrounded by towering mountains, dense forests & grassy areas. There are 4 freshwater lakes which dominate the landscape & make swimming & fishing very enjoyable pastimes. Various hiking trails offer leisure strolls to experienced hikers.


Anhluut'ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga'asanskwhl Provincial Park - Terrace

Hwy 16
Terrace, British Columbia
V8G 0G8

The park is the first provincial park jointly managed by a First Nation & BC Parks. Enjoy interpretation of natural features, native culture & guided volcanic tours through old growth forest & a variety of features. To protect the volcanic cone, unguided tours are prohibited.


Babine Mountains Provincial Park - Smithers

3 Km East Of Smithers
Smithers, British Columbia
V0J 2N7

Babine Mountains Provincial Park is located within the Skeena Mountains ecosection & offers some of the finest hiking opportunities in West Central British Columbia. Glacier-fed lakes, rugged peaks & extensive subalpine meadows provide day & overnight hiking opportunities. Horseback riding & mountain biking are also permitted. Please visit website for more details.


Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit - Bowron Lake

Hwy 26
Bowron Lake, British Columbia
V0C 2G0

The park offers a world-renowned canoe circuit encompassing over 100 km of lakes, waterways & portages; 54 wilderness campsites & 25 vehicle accessible campsites available. Those attempting the canoe circuit must have some wilderness canoeing experience. Animals are prohibited on the canoe circuit.


Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park - Port McNeill

30 Km East Of Port McNeill
Port McNeill, British Columbia
V0N 2R0

BC's largest marine park, consisting of dozens of undeveloped islands & islets. The park offers excellent boating, kayaking & wildlife viewing opportunities & provides park visitors sheltered waters & anchorages with a backdrop of the magnificent coastal mountains.


Bugaboo Provincial Park - Radium Hot Springs

Gravel Road Off Hwy 95
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
V0A 1M0

This park situated in the Purcell Mountains of southeast British Columbia continues to draw climbers from around the world to its airy, glacier sculpted granite spires. With many peaks over 3,000 m the Bugaboo's offer awe-inspiring mountain & glacier terrain. Great location for climbing, hiking & horseback riding trails.


Cape Scott Provincial Park - Port Hardy

64 Km West Of Port Hardy
Port Hardy, British Columbia
V0N 2P0

Cape Scott is a rugged coastal wilderness located at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. Visitors can choose day hikes or backpacking excursions to explore the sandy beaches & rainforest area. Adverse weather conditions can occur all year.


Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park - Port Renfrew

20 Km NW Of Port Renfrew
Port Renfrew, British Columbia
V0S 1K0

Carmanah Walbran offers several hiking trails providing access to many natural features, including some of the area's largest trees. The park is a wilderness area; walk-in campsites & trails are primitive & usually very muddy.


Cathedral Provincial Park - Keremeos

Hwy 3
Keremeos, British Columbia
V8T 5J9

Cathedral Provincial Park offers experienced hikers a view of jagged mountain peaks, azure lakes & alpine meadows. The park also offers fishing, camping, wilderness camping & mountaineering. Be prepared for outdoor living. Pets are not allowed in the park.


Cody Cave Provincial Park - Ainsworth Hot Springs

Hwy 31 - 2 Km North
Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia
V0G 1A0

Cody Cave Provincial Park is located in the Selkirk Mountains above Ainsworth Hot Springs. In the Cody Cave system an underground stream flows for 800 m through ancient limestone. Guided tours provide an introductory caving experience & visitors see fragile calcite formations such as stalactites, soda straws & draperies.

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