Naikoon Provincial Park

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Family Friendly Parks in BC

Get the family together, pack a picnic or book a campsite, and head to one of over 1,000 provincial and recreational parks in BC. Discover ocean beaches, freshwater lakes, ancient forests and alpine meadows, plus pretty picnic sites, scenic campgrounds and some fascinating historic sights.

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Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

Explore the Othello Tunnels, five railway tunnels in the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park (open April to October). The tunnels, built into the canyon walls and linked by a series of bridges spanning the gorge, are part of the most expensive mile of rail bed ever built in North America. The Kettle Valley Railway is long gone, and the trails and bridges are now part of a hiking path through the park.
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Cowichan River Provincial Park

Enjoy a day on the water at Cowichan River Provincial Park, an hour north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. One of BC’s top fishing rivers, the Cowichan is also a wonderful spot for swimming, paddling, tubing and just cooling off on a hot summer’s day. Bring along a fly rod, as Cowichan River trout and salmon make impressive catches. From late summer through fall, watch for spawning salmon migrating upstream past Marie Canyon. Still have energy? Take a stroll along the Cowichan River Footpath, or hike or bike across the spectacular 66-Mile Trestle, part of the Trans Canada Trail.
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Cultus Lake Provincial Park

Cool down by making a splash at Cultus Lake. Book a campsite or come for the day; swim in the park's namesake lake, or rent a boat and head out on the water. More entertainment abounds nearby, with a waterslide park, mini-golf course and go-cart track in the area.
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E. C. Manning Provincial Park

For easy access to alpine meadows and mountain peaks, head to E.C. Manning Provincial Park, three hours east of Vancouver between Hope and Princeton. From the Lightning Lake campground, drive 13km/8mi uphill to Cascade Lookout. Park at nearby Blackwall Peak, and head into the alpine meadows along Paintbrush Trail; in July and August the meadows are bright with wildflowers. Try spotting North Cascade peaks like Frosty Mountain, and scramble up a fire-spotting tower from Windy Joe Trail for an eagle's-eye view into Washington State.
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Golden Ears Provincial Park

Explore one of BC’s largest parks from lake floor to mountain top at Golden Ears, located north of Maple Ridge. This coastal western hemlock forest is home to second-growth western hemlock, western redcedar and Douglas fir trees. Hiking trails range from easy interpretive trails to scrambles to mountain summits, and there are plenty of horseback riding trails available. Set up camp at one of three campgrounds, hike the rugged mountain trails, then cool off in scenic Alouette Lake. Swim, paddle, fish, waterski or try your hand at windsurfing.

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Wasa Lake

Splash around in Wasa Lake, one of the Kootenay Rockies’ warmest swimming lakes. Set against a backdrop of towering mountain peaks, Wasa Lake's beaches, picnic sites, RV-friendly campsites, and adventure playground make it a popular spot for families. For a fun and educational day out, take a walk down memory lane at Fort Steele Heritage Town. Restored buildings and actors in period costume bring the 1860s to life at this gold-rush-era town about 20km/12mi from Wasa Lake.

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