British Columbia’s incredible system of provincial parks protect internationally significant ecological and cultural values, and offers experiences as unforgettable and diverse as the province’s landscape. The BC Parks website contains a wealth of information about exploring, understanding and caring for these special places. Read on and put a little more BC Parks in your life.
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For years, the warm waters surrounding Vancouver Island’s Mill Bay have been a popular destination for local salmon fishers. The inviting water and the 225-metre long sandy beach have also made nearby Bamberton Provincial Park an ideal spot for parents to bring their families.
April 16, 2020 Joffre Lakes Provincial Park Visitor Survey. To gather input on measures to improve safety and management of the park, BC Parks conducted surveys of park users, both in-park, and online.
Clendinning Provincial Park is an area of contrasts, with ancient forests, tranquil meadows, and spectacular relief dominated by heavily glaciated peaks, steep granite slabs, hanging valleys and icefalls.
History: The park was established in 1995. It is the site of one of the oldest homesteads in the southern interior and well as a stagecoach depot and ferry landing. The historic buildings and cemetery are still located on site.
Fintry Provincial Park includes 360 hectares of the former Fintry Estate, a heritage site with a colourful history. From the delta area to a forested area made up of ridges and deep slopes, this park offers two dramatically different topographical areas.
History: Stamp River Provincial Park was established when Stamp Falls and Stamp River Money’s Pool parks were amalgamated. Conservation/Wildlife: Beginning in August, thousands of sockeye, coho and chinook salmon circle in the pool below Stamp Falls before ascending the fish ladders on their way to spawning beds. Sockeye salmon begin running in August and the run continues with coho and ...
As one of the largest parks in the province, Golden Ears Provincial Park is prized for its recreational opportunities. The extensive system of trails within the park provides an excellent opportunity for hiking and horseback riding.
Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Location Map; Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is located 3 km south of Parksville on Hwy 19a, on central Vancouver Island. Take exit #51 from the Inland Island Highway (Hwy #19) and follow signs to the park.
History: The area of the park was given to the people of British Columbia by the Greater Victoria Water Board in 1958. Additional lands were designated in 1994 and 1996 through the Commonwealth Nature Legacy and Crown Land additions. Cultural Heritage: Goldstream is located on traditional fishing grounds of local First Nations. Old mining shafts and tunnels are all that remain of the gold rush ...
Herald Provincial Park is a popular destination campground and day-use area. The park covers 79 hectares of beautiful beach and forested uplands, and boasts a 128-site campground, boat launch and large day-use area.
History: When “Porteau” (porte d’eau) is translated from French into English it means “Water’s Gate”. This name dates from 1908 when John F. Deeks began mining the extensive sand and gravel deposits here to supply Vancouver. A small community of employees lived here until the beginning of the Depression, enjoying good housing, a schoolhouse, tennis courts, and daily ferry service ...
Garibaldi Provincial Park, named after its towering 2,678 metre peak, Mount Garibaldi, was established March 7, 1927. In honour of the 19th century Italian patriot, Giuseppe Garibaldi, the park is known for its natural beauty and its endless hiking opportunities.
History: Kokanee Creek Park is located on the old “Busk” estate site. Charles W. Busk was a wealthy English gentleman who came to Nelson in the late 1800’s. He had acquired a large tract of land with lake frontage 14 miles from Nelson.
Less than an hour drive from Vancouver, Rolley Lake Provincial Park provides a quick escape from urban life. The park is a predominately flat, wilderness area blanketed with tall, second-growth conifers.
Meziadin Lake is a favourite destination of travelers and regional residents alike. Located a two hour drive north of Kitwanga, Meziadin Lake Park is an excellent destination base campsite for exploring this northern region of B.C.
History: Nairn Falls Provincial Park was established in 1966. This park protects a very special area of natural and cultural history. Long a spiritual site for the Lil’wat Nation, Nairn Falls is a dramatic example of the erosive power of water.
Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park on peaceful Galiano Island is rich in natural and cultural history. White shell beaches, open meadows, tidal lagoons, towering forests, craggy headlands and abundant bird life are just a few of the things that attract visitors to this park in the southern Gulf Islands.
Cultural Heritage: A rich cultural history is illustrated by signs of native habitation in four archaeological sites and by old European homesteads. Conservation: Most of the park is dominated by stands of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir with grassy open areas typical of the Okanagan Basin landscape. A blue-listed plant species, Engelmann’s knotweed, is also found in the park.
Natural Culture: The park was established in 1940 to protect the old-growth Douglas fir forest and the associated plant communities, as well as the area around the river and the waterfalls. According to an old legend, First Nations people in the area found the skeleton of a white man along the river near the waterfall, thus giving the falls its name.
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park on the Sunshine Coast offers many opportunities for coastal fun and is a favourite family park. The park is separated from the Strait of Georgia by the isthmus at Sechelt.
Browne Lake Provincial Park was established May 20, 2004 to protect the Interior Douglas-fir-Montane Spruce transition forest and provides opportunities for non-intensive activities such as nature study and hiking.
Ruckle Provincial Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the southern Gulf Islands. Pitch your tent in the grassy meadow overlooking Swanson Channel then lie back and relax, watching pleasure boats and ferries sail by in a stately and colourful parade.
Alice Lake is surrounded by towering mountains, dense forests and grassy areas. There are four fresh water lakes that dominate the landscape and make swimming and fishing very enjoyable pastimes.
June 19, 2018 Park renamed to Tsútswecw Park. On May 7, 2018, Environment Minister George Heyman introduced Bill 19 – 2018, the Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2018.An amendment to the Act included: ”…renaming of three Class A parks to reflect Indigenous names (Boya Lake Park, Brooks Peninsula [a.k.a. Mquqwin Park] and Roderick Haig-Brown Park)”.
Ten Mile Lake is a very popular recreational destination for local residents and visitors. It offers a large picnic area, three sandy beaches, a boat launch, and great fishing not to mention attractive, treed campsites, showers and flush toilets.
History: Established November 28, 1939, the park was named for the Honourable Arthur Wellsley Gray, Minister of Lands for British Columbia from 1933 to 1941. Mahood Lake was named for one of BC’s earliest surveyors, James Adams Mahood, who surveyed for the Canadian Pacific Railway between 1871 and 1891.
Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Location Map; Gordon Bay Provincial Park is located 35 km northwest of Duncan on southern Vancouver Island. The park, situated on the shores of Cowichan Lake, is accessed via Hwy #18 off Hwy #1.
Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Location Map; Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park is located within the Kootenay Ranges of the Rocky Mountains, 22km southeast of the Village of Canal Flats, the nearest community.
Park Contact. For information concerning Robson Meadows, Robson River and Lucerne Campgrounds, email Quartz Contracting at [email protected] For all reservation inquires for these campgrounds and for the Berg Lake Trail, please contact:
History: Established 1989. Conservation: Undisturbed low elevation grasslands with their associated sagebrush and cactus are rare in British Columbia, and Juniper Beach Park protects one of the few examples found in the BC Parks system. Wildlife: Fish species in the Thompson River include trout, steelhead, and salmon. The dry sagebrush areas of the park are home to Western Rattlesnakes, and ...
For the 2021 season, reservations for the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park will open January 2021 and must be made online. To meet demand for this world class destination, the Berg Lake Trail is 100% reservable in advance of arrival.
March 16, 2020 Reservations Now Available. Reservations at Monck Provincial Park are now available for stays within the next 4 months. Log in to your Discover Camping account or call the call centre to make your reservation for the 2020 camping season.
Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Location Map; Take the Lac Le Jeune Exit off Hwy #5 (the Coquihalla) at 37 km south of Kamloops/47 km north of Merritt. There is also 26 km of paved access off the Hwy #1 at Kamloops.
Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Location Map; Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park is located 20 km northwest of Port Renfrew on the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island.
Great fishing, a wharf, paved boat launch and campsites on the reservoir are four lures that make this park popular with local anglers. The only provincial park on the Revelstoke reservoir, it features one of the few sandy beaches in the area and provides playground opportunities including an adventure playground, indoor picnic shelter and a large sport field, complete with a volleyball net ...
Strathcona Provincial Park, designated in 1911, is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia. Located almost in the centre of Vancouver Island, Strathcona park is a rugged mountain wilderness comprising more than 250,000 hectares.