10 National Parks in British Columbia That You Shouldn't Miss

July 30, 2021 Brain Ambrose

Discover the best top things to do in British Columbia, British Columbia including Pacific Rim National Park, Gwaii Haanas National Park, Bugaboos Provincial Park, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Muncho Lake Provincial Park, Yoho National Park, Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, Cathedral Provincial Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park, Shannon Falls Provincial Park.

1. Pacific Rim National Park

Tofino, British Columbia V0R 3A0 Canada +1 250-726-3500 [email protected] http://pc.gc.ca/pacificrim
Excellent
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5.0 based on 1,337 reviews

Pacific Rim National Park

Unique park composed of three sections - Long Beach, the West Coast Trail and the Broken Group of Islands - that feature sandy beaches, island archipelagos, temperate rainforests and important archaeological sites.

Reviewed By EkMusafir - Pune, India

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve consists of 3 units stretching from Tofino, the northern end, to Port Renfrew at the southern end, on Vancouver Island. These 3 units are: 1) The Long Beach Unit located between the beach towns of Tofino and Ucluelet, 2) The Broken Group Islands located in Barkley Sound and accessible only by boat, and 3) The West Coast Trail stretching for 75 km from Pachena Bay to Port Renfrew. Only experienced trekkers should attempt this trail. We got to explore the Broken Group of Islands when we joined one of the Whale Watching tour operators in Ucluelet. We were taken across the small islands in Barkley Sound, towards the south-east of Ucluelet, and saw the spectacular views of these islands covered by a small forest of trees, and rocks with a lot of kelp floating around. Finally the captain of the motorised boat spotted a humpback whale which we followed for quite a while as it kept spouting and breaking the surface of the water every few minutes. We even saw a group of grunting and squabbling sea lions on a rocky island, a sea otter floating on it’s back in the water, and some sea eagles perched up on tall trees of some of the islands. Likewise, a walk along the Long Beach near Tofino and along the West Coast Trail must be as mesmerizing for the incredible coastline scenery with the temperate rain-forests of the islands meeting the ever turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean. Keep your eyes open to spot some of the wonderful aquatic and terrestrial fauna like whales, orcas, dolphins, wolves, bears, cougars, and myriads of smaller creatures along the shore.

2. Gwaii Haanas National Park

Queen Charlotte City, British Columbia V0T 1S0 Canada +1 250-559-8818 https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/gwaiihaanas
Excellent
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5.0 based on 103 reviews

Gwaii Haanas National Park

Reviewed By WinnyandDoug

nice place. i really enjoyed the water. very windy. bring a jacket and a hat! also it can be raining here.

3. Bugaboos Provincial Park

Bugaboo Forest Service Road, Parson, British Columbia V0A 1L0 Canada http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/bugaboo/
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5.0 based on 7 reviews

Bugaboos Provincial Park

4. Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Kaslo Creek Fork Road South, Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia V0G 1A0 Canada http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/kokangla.html
Excellent
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5.0 based on 26 reviews

Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

5. Muncho Lake Provincial Park

Fort Nelson, Northern Rockies, British Columbia Canada http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/muncho_lk/
Excellent
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5.0 based on 81 reviews

Muncho Lake Provincial Park

Reviewed By H6655SZgregk - Grande Prairie, Canada

Awesome campsite on Muncho Lake,clean and spacious.We stayed a few nites at McDonald Campground beutifull lake and lots off close hiking areas

6. Yoho National Park

Trans-Canada Highway, Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia V0A 1G0 Canada +1 250-344-7272 [email protected] http://www.pc.gc.ca
Excellent
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5.0 based on 561 reviews

Yoho National Park

Reviewed By travelpassion - Belfast, United Kingdom

Another superb Canadian National Park with wonderful lakes, mountains and breathtaking views, definitely worth taking the time to visit on a trip around the Rockies, AB or BC in general.

7. Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

Cowichan Valley F, Port Renfrew, British Columbia Canada +1 250-474-1336 http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/carmanah/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

8. Cathedral Provincial Park

Ashnola Forest Service Road, Keremeos, British Columbia V0X 1N1 Canada +1 604-795-6169 [email protected] http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/cathedral/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Cathedral Provincial Park

Reviewed By ElegantGipsy

Hiking and fishing in Cathedral Park is a rare and exclusive privilege. To see its magnificent alpine meadows in full bloom and the panoramic vistas from its rugged ridges is once-in-a-lifetime experience. I can’t think of a much better way to reconnect even the most jaded traveller to nature and remind one of what life is truly worth living for. I just cannot say this more emphatically. This is a very special place. An inconsiderate Tripadvisor reviewer recently complained about the $120 cost for transportation in a 4x4 Suburban into the heart of this pristine wilderness park. That was shocking. I was expecting next to read that they thought a McDonalds is missing here. This person did have the choice to walk up a 1200 metre vertical climb over 16 kilometres on a rugged 4x4 road. This person clearly doesn’t understand what it truly costs to maintain a road and a safe fleet of vehicles to ferry the 20-30 people a day that take the shuttle to visit this alpine wonderland during the short June-September season. The ride would still be a steal at $250. Staying in the Park overnight is a great option at campsites that cost around $10 a day or in a rustic, comfortable but understandably expensive lodge and cabins. (Imagine the cost of maintaining a small, fully-serviced lodge, fresh meals and cabins available for only a few months a year.) Check-out the new Japanese style, wooden outdoor hot tubs to get an idea of what lengths they go to to look after their guests. This small wilderness park is just the way it should be to keep it pristine and uncrowded, yet accessible and easy to enjoy in comfort. It’s fortunately remote, exclusive and hard to get to. If the inconsiderate reviewer and hundreds more a day could drive their “Jeeps” there, this fragile wilderness would get spoiled in no time, just as quickly as the lakes teeming with trout would get depleted.

9. Mount Revelstoke National Park

Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0 Canada +1 250-837-7500 http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/revelstoke/index.aspx
Excellent
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4.5 based on 464 reviews

Mount Revelstoke National Park

Reviewed By 59236812997 - Surrey, Canada

This park is beautiful. It's an easy 25 km drive to the end of the road. From there it's a 1 km walk to the summit. There are several wonderful viewpoints and trails along the way. Do them all and you will have walked 10 km. The best trails are at the top where in August, Mother Nature creates the most spectacular garden of wildflowers. There are several trails here, take your time to enjoy this panorama of views and color. If you are are hiker you will want to take a day to hike the trail to Eva and Miller lakes. This 6 km trail leaves from the summit area and for the first part it's an easy walk through meadows. After the halfway mark the trail starts climbing, you cross several rock slides and then a short scramble to the top brings you to picturesque Eva lake. Be sure to walk at least halfway around the lake for some great views onto the other side of the mountain. On your return trip take the short side trail to Miller lake. This lake is situated in a valley with steep mountains above, quite different from Eva lake but just as beautiful. You will arrive back at your car tired but exhilarated from your day in this spectacular setting. Mother Nature has for a time erased COVID from your mind

10. Shannon Falls Provincial Park

Squamish, British Columbia V0N 1H0 Canada +1 800-689-9025 http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/shannon
Excellent
58%
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4.5 based on 1,185 reviews

Shannon Falls Provincial Park

Beautiful waterfalls just outside of Squamish, easily accessible off the Sea to Sky Highway.

Reviewed By TravellingWallbury - Edmonton, Canada

Wonderful little park with an easy walk to a beautiful waterfall. Kids climbed around and I was able to enjoy the area on my mobility scooter. You can choose a more rugged path to get up even closer to the falls but I still had a great view from my scooter. You would never know this lovely little oasis was in town. Parking was ample. There is a gift shop. About an hour to leisurely explore with kids.

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