BC National Parks
Glacier National Park - British Columbia's lush interior rainforest and permanent glaciers.
Glacier National Park of Canada protects, for all time, a portion of the Columbia Mountains Natural Region, in the interior wet belt of British Columbia. The steep, rugged mountains, warm, moist climate and wide variety of plant and animal life are typical of this natural region. The park protects unique stands of old-growth cedar and hemlock and critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife species such as the mountain caribou, mountain goat and grizzly bear. The Rogers Pass National Historic Site is located in Glacier National Park. Rogers Pass was so designated for its importance in the construction and development of the country's first major national transportation route.
The southern Gulf Islands are located in one of Canada’s most heavily developed and urbanized natural regions - the Strait of Georgia Lowlands of British Columbia. The national park reserve was established on May 9, 2003 to protect the ecological integrity of a representative portion of this region. It is the first new national park reserve of the twenty-first century and includes thirty-five square kilometres of land and intertidal area spread over fifteen islands and numerous islets and reefs and approximately twenty-six square kilometres of marine areas. One of the most significant achievements of the Pacific Marine Heritage Legacy initiative of the governments of Canada and British Columbia, the new national park reserve offers a variety of opportunities for Canadians to learn about and experience an exceptional coastal island landscape and the cultures of the people who live there.
Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage Site
Together, the Government of Canada and the Council of the Haida Nation manage the special place called Gwaii Haanas through a unique agreement signed in 1993. The two parties strongly agree on the need to protect Gwaii Haanas, even though the question of ownership is unresolved. Gwaii Haanas embodies the essence of the rugged beauty and rich ecology of the Pacific coast. It is a celebration of the Haida’s more than ten thousand years of connectedness with the land and sea. For some visitors, this opportunity to witness a living culture, and immerse themselves in nature is a spiritual experience.
Kootenay National Park
Established in 1920, Kootenay National Park is one of 41 national parks in Canada. Together, they celebrate and protect the diversity of the nation’s great landscapes. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features the famous Radium Hot Springs. Kootenay National Park represents the south-western region of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. From glacier-clad peaks along the Continental Divide to semi-arid grasslands of the Rocky Mountain Trench, where cactus grows, this is a park rich in diversity of landscapes and ecology.
Mount Revelstoke National Park
Mount Revelstoke National Park is a place of contrasts. Take a drive along the summit parkway through a variety of geographical zones. From dense old-growth rainforest of giant cedar and pine, travel up through subalpine forest, and finally alpine meadows and tundra. Marvel at the spectacular view of the ice-clad peaks of the Monashee Mountains and, to the east, the Selkirk Mountains. The Giant Cedars hiking trail takes you through a stand of ancient Western Red Cedars, and the Skunk Cabbage trail introduces you to jungle-like wetland, a birder's paradise.
Pacific Rim National Park
Welcome to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada. Backed by the Insular Mountains Range of Vancouver Island and facing the open Pacific Ocean, Pacific Rim presents the rich natural and cultural heritage of Canada's west coast. Its cool and wet maritime climate produces an abundance of life in the water and on land. Lush coastal temperate rainforest gives way to bountiful and diverse intertidal and subtidal areas. These natural wonders are interwoven with the long and dynamic history of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and European explorers and settlers.
Yoho National Park
UNESCO World Heritage Site in Rockies
Established in 1885, Yoho National Park is one of 41 national parks in Canada. Our nation’s parks celebrate and help protect the diversity of Canada’s landscapes and the life within. Yoho represents the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains region, and is also a Cree expression of awe and wonder for this place of rock walls, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks. In the shadow of the Great Divide, Yoho holds the secrets of ancient ocean life, the power of ice and water, and unique plant and animal communities that continue to evolve today.