Paradise Meadows trail in Strathcona Provincial Park
(Tourism Vancouver Island/Boomer Jerritt photo)

Vancouver Island


Gulf Islands (J.A. Kraulis photo)

Gulf Islands (J.A. Kraulis photo)

Although easily accessible to population centers, the parks of Vancouver Island are exceedingly diverse.

The rugged coastline at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve attracts hikers to the famous West Coast Trail, while sun, sand and surf draw families to Long Beach near Tofino. The more adventurous can head to Cape Scott Provincial Park near Port Hardy, where challenging trails weave through lush rainforest and rugged coastline. Sun-baked sandy beaches warm the water for swimming at Tribune Bay and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park offers a cedar-scented stroll through an old-growth forest that is nothing less than spiritual. Or visitors can board a passenger ferry and explore Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park, a popular day trip from Nanaimo.

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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.


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.


Goldstream Provincial Park - Mill Bay

Hwy 1 16 Km NW Of Victoria
Mill Bay, British Columbia
V0R 2P0

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.


Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - Sidney

2220 Harbour Rd
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 2P6

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.


Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy Area - Port Hardy

130 Km North Of Port Hardy
Port Hardy, British Columbia
V0N 2P0

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.


Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park - Qualicum Beach


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.


Juan de Fuca Provincial Park - Port Renfrew

Hwy 14
Port Renfrew, British Columbia
V0S 1K0

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.


MacMillan Provincial Park - Cameron Lake


Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Visitors can stroll through trails under towering ancient Douglas fir trees - some more than 800 yrs old. Excellent hiking opportunities.


Maquinna Marine Provincial Park - Tofino

NW Part Of Clayoquot Sound
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0

The natural hot mineral spring pools at this park are a very unique feature. This wilderness area is also known for coastal hiking, wilderness camping, sea kayaking & wildlife viewing. The park is only accessible by boat.

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