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Naikoon Provincial Park, Haida Gwaii
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BC Provincial & National Park Highlights

In 1911, Vancouver Island’s Strathcona Provincial Park became the first of what are now more than a thousand provincial parks and protected wilderness areas in BC. From seashore to mountain peaks, the range of park landscapes in BC is matched only by the diversity of outdoor activities available.

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E. C. Manning Provincial Park

Four campgrounds & a variety of outdoor activities such as group & wilderness camping, day use area, wheelchair access, drinking water, flush & pit toilets, showers, sani-station, firepits, hiking, beach, canoeing, kayaking, boat launch, fishing, ...
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Garibaldi Provincial Park

Garibaldi Provincial Park is a vast swathe of wilderness forming the backcountry to Whistler, BC’s famous year-round mountain resort. The park has five entrances along Highway 99 between Squamish and Pemberton, starting just one hour north of Vancouver, but Whistler, with so many dining and accommodation choices, makes an especially good base. Walk or mountain bike the gentle Cheakamus Lake Trail, an easy path meandering through old-growth forest to Cheakamus Lake. Come Fall, Cheakamus Lake’s colour intensifies to turquoise as silt from the glacial melt accumulates and reflects sunlight.
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Strathcona Provincial Park

Strathcona Provincial Par is a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Hike, camp, canoe, rock climb, or watch for wildlife among the park’s lakes and peaks. Next to the park, Mount Washington Alpine Resort offers lift-accessed hiking in summer, and downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, tubing and tobogganing in winter. For an easy day out, walk along the Centennial Trail; for a backcountry expedition, hike to Della Falls, one of Canada’s highest waterfalls. Camp at one of the park’s many drive-in or hike-in sites, or stay at Strathcona Park Lodge and hone your outdoor skills at the lodge’s renowned Outdoor Education Centre.
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Naikoon Provincial Park

Savour views of the Alaska Panhandle and walk for miles along a wide, beautiful beach at Naikoon Provincial Park on the northeast corner of Haida Gwaii. Explore the shipwreck at East Beach; it lies about an hour’s walk from Misty Meadows campground. After all the beachcombing, climb Tow Hill for panoramic views. In Tlell, settle into a riverside room at Haida House at Tllaal and explore the area with a Haida cultural ambassador. Come evening, savour traditional foods at the restaurant. Haida Gwaii is two hours from Vancouver or a short hop from Prince Rupert by air, or via BC Ferries’ seven-hour sailing from Prince Rupert to Skidegate.
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Muncho Lake & Liard River Hot Springs

Heading north on the Alaska Highway, pause to drop a line for trout, Arctic grayling or... Read more whitefish at jade green Muncho Lake,  then unwind in nature’s hot tub at Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park. These natural hot springs create a micro-climate so warm and moist that orchids bloom around the mineral pools. A campsite in the park is, not surprisingly, a popular stop on the way to the Yukon.

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Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

Tweedsmuir South and Tweedsmuir North Provincial Parks together form BC’s largest provincial park, and one of its most spectacular. The remote wilderness of Tweedsmuir North can be reached only by air or boat; the more accessible Tweedsmuir South is about 400 km/250 mi west of Williams Lake on Highway 20. Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, located in the south park, is in a prime location for grizzly bear tours, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing in summer; in winter it becomes a heli-skiing base for Bella Coola Heli Sports.
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Bowron Lake Provincial Park

Park offers 25 drive-in campsites, pit toilets, fire rings, swimming, hiking, gravel boat launch, drinking water, biking. The world-renowned canoe circuit encompasses 116 km chain of lakes with 54 wilderness campsites. No pets, no drinking water, ...
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Wells Gray Provincial Park

Wells Gray has something to offer every outdoor interest. Numerous hiking trails, boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing & camping with views of waterfalls, mineral springs & glaciers. There are 3 main access areas to the park.
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Mount Robson Provincial Park

Trek in the beauty of Mount Robson Provincial Park, home to the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies and the headwaters of the Fraser River. Explore the park’s expansive network of hiking trails, go fishing in pristine lakes, or watch for shooting stars at a backcountry campground. Follow the Berg Lake Trail for an epic backcountry hiking adventure. This 46-km/28-mi round trip, multi-day trek showcases some of the province’s most stunning scenery en route to the spectacular sight of glacier-fed Berg Lake.
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Mt. Revelstoke, Yoho, Glacier & Kootenay Park

With towering spires, glaciers, and flower-filled meadows at every turn, BC’s National... Read more Parks Corridor offers the road trip of a lifetime. The route along Highway One winds through Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Yoho national parks and links to Kootenay National Park to the south. In Mount Revelstoke National Park, follow Meadows-in-the-Sky Parkway for alpine wildflowers and far-reaching mountain views. Yoho National Park boasts such iconic photo ops as Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls and the Burgess Shale fossil bed. In Kootenay National Park, trek the classic multi-day Rockwall Trail.

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