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BC's Ancient Forests

British Columbia’s incomparable wilderness makes it a must-visit destination for anyone looking to connect with nature and replenish their soul. In addition to a long, rugged coastline and jagged mountain peaks, BC is perhaps best defined by the enormous, ancient forests that thrive here. In every region of the province, it is possible to stand among towering trees – Douglas firs, western red cedars, Sitka spruce – surrounded by hundreds of years of natural history, and feel yourself become part of the landscape.

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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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Golden Ears Provincial Park

Explore a park from lake floor to mountain top at Golden Ears, one of BC's largest provincial parks. Set up camp at one of three campgrounds, hike rugged mountain trails, then cool off in scenic Alouette Lake. Swim, paddle, fish, waterski or try your hand at windsurfing.
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Cypress Provincial Park

Cypress encompasses towering North Shore mountains that form a backdrop to the bustling city of Vancouver. Outdoor recreationists can enjoy hiking and sightseeing, photography, wilderness camping, mountain biking (in limited areas), skiing and oth...
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Stanley Park

Jog, bike or just walk the scenic Stanley Park seawall, and take in views of the downtown skyline, the North Shore mountains and English Bay. Stop at the Vancouver Aquarium to see otters, penguins, beluga and dolphins, plus a re-created tropical rainforest. Enjoy a sensory cultural experience at Stanley Park’s Klahowya Village. Cool down at Second Beach Pool, or the Variety Kids Water Park or take a horse-drawn carriage tour through Stanley Park.
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Wells Gray Provincial Park (Clearwater)

Listen to the water fall at Helmcken Falls, one of many beautiful cascades in Wells Gray Provincial Park, a sprawling wilderness in the rugged Cariboo Mountains. Hike the trails, ranging from a few minutes to a few days in duration, spot wildlife, and paddle a canoe on forest-framed lakes.
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Kokanee Creek Provincial Park

Kokanee Creek is the perfect destination campground, with a little something for everyone. The park boasts a number of great activities including a network of nature trails, wildlife viewing platforms and interpretive programs that run over the s...
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Mount Revelstoke National Park

Enjoy a diversity of ecosystems that include old-growth rainforests, lush wetlands and alpine meadows. Stroll among 500-year-old cedars, watch for mountain caribou, grizzly bears and mountain goats, or enjoy panoramic views as you drive 26 km / 16 mi up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway to experience sub-alpine meadows, ablaze by mid-August with colourful wildflowers.

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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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Ancient Forest

The Ancient Forest Trail, 113km/70 mi east of Prince George is home to trees that are thought to be 1,000 years old or more. Explore a unique eco-system – a forest with attributes of both a coastal rainforest and a northern boreal forest; an easy to moderate hike with interpretive signage leads to a beautiful waterfall.
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