The sun is finally out, and these hot days have done nothing but inspire me to get on the road and do some exploring. We are pretty lucky to be surrounded by so many beautiful provincial parks.
From snow-capped peaks to deceivingly blue-green lakes, BC has got your summer road trip bucket-list covered. So grab some friends, pack up the car and don't forget your camera because these parks are truly picturesque.
Here are 20 BC Parks you have to road trip to this summer:
1. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
247 km from Van (5 h 30m)
Home to some of BC’s best surfing, and the West Coast Trail. If you're up for a real adventure, dust off your MEC backpack and hike this beautiful 72km trail with some friends.
2. Hesquiat Peninsula Provincial Park
Located at the most western edge of the Clayoquot Sound region of Vancouver Island. You’ll enjoy coastal hiking, boating and kayaking all summer long.
3. Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park
216 km from Van (6h)
Located inside the Ditidaht First Nation ancestral territory, it is home to some of the world's largest spruce trees. Enjoy several hiking trails within this remote wilderness park.
4. Sydney Inlet Provincial Park
This 6,850-acre park just northwest of Tofino, BC is said to be one of the best examples of a fjord on all of Vancouver Island. It's also a great spot for Chinook salmon fishing.
5. Garabaldi Provincial Park
70 km from Van (1h 30m)
Just north of Vancouver, Garabali Park is the ultimate day trip. At almost 2,000 square kilometers, it boasts beautiful snow capped mountains, coastal rainforest, glaciers and plenty of lakes. Not to mention that view!
6. Bligh Island Marine Provincial Park
This provincial park encompasses 6 different islands on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and is a fishing and boating favorite for locals.
Photo cred - @butitdoesntsaynohammocking
7. Woss Lake Provincial Park
Another park on Vancouver Island located just south of the community of Woss, BC. This park is quite underdeveloped, which leaves lots of room for exploring. You might have to convince a friend with a boat to get you out there as it is not accessible by car.
8. Raft Cover Provincial Park
Vancouver Island's most isolated provincial park, which makes it one of the best spots for camping right on the beach. An oasis for surfers and a great spot to catch your own dinner!
9. E.C. Manning Provincial Park
Spanning over 700 square hectares, Manning Park is located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, just over a three hour drive from Vancouver. This park is developed for all season adventures and is one of the most popular park destinations in BC.
10. Rubyrock Lake Provincial Park
Surrounded by three large lakes, Rubyrock is the perfect destination for summer fishing.
11. Ts’yl-os Provincial Park
Pronounced "sigh-loes", this is one of BC’s most beautiful provincial parks. As the 5th largest park in BC, it is home to rugged mountain peaks, huge glaciers and the picturesque blue-green waters of Chilko Lake.
12. Carp Lake Provincial Park and Protected Area
Water sports, including canoeing, kayaking and power boating, are common pastimes of visitors to Carp Lake. It also offers some of the best rainbow trout fishing in the Central Interior.
13. Swan Lake/Kispiox River Provincial Park
Established in 1918, Swan Lake is BC’s third oldest park and is a local favorite for swimming, fishing and camping.
14. Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park
At 6,657 Square kilometers, it is the third largest park in BC, and a favorite of backcountry explorers. You will enjoy boating, hunting, hiking, camping, horseback riding and beautiful nature photography.
15. Spatsizi Plateau Provincial Park
The varied terrain makes for many excellent hiking trails, and is home to some amazing wildlife - including BC's largest remaining heard of woodland caribou.
16. Golden Ears Provincial Park
Only an hour drive from downtown Vancouver, this is one of the best local spots for outdoor activities. It is also one of the largest parks in the province, and is home to three different campgrounds, hundreds of hiking trails and Alouette Lake, where you'll enjoy all kinds of water sports.
17. Mt. Edziza Provincial Park
Summer is a short season at Mt. Edziza Provincial Park, lasting from Early July to mid-September - but with no shortage of snow year-round. The only access is by trail or floatplane, making this an excellent isolated adventure area.
18. Bowron Lake provincial park
Home to the world-renowned Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit which includes over 116km of lake, waterways and portages. If you're up for an adventure, this 6-10 day long canoe trip is a once in a lifetime experience.
19. Atlin Provincial Park
Located in the remote northwest corner of BC, Atlin Provincial Park is only accessible by boat or float plane. The varied typography offers an excellent escape to avid backcountry adventurers.
Photo cred - @vancitywild
20. Goldstream Provincial Park
125 km from Van (3h 20m)
Located outside of Victoria on Vancouver Island, this park has many different hikes, including the local favorite Trestle Bridge hike. If you're looking for a thrill this summer, I suggest making the trip for this awesome hike across an old train bridge.
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