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Parks Around the Lower Mainland To Visit This Summer

There are many hiking opportunities around B.C. for anyone who wants to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. B.C. has a number of different campgrounds, parks, beaches, lakes, and great outdoor spaces to visit.

Around Central and Northern B.C. you have areas like Mount Edziza Provincial Park, Monkman Provincial Park, Stone Mountain Provincial Park, and others.

Then you’ve got Bugaboo Provincial Park in the Kootenay Region of B.C., along with Elk Lakes, Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Park, Valhalla Provincial Park, and others.

Parks Around the Lower Mainland: There are a number of fantastic parks in the lower mainland of B.C. These parks have various trails to get out and explore if you want some good hiking opportunities this summer.
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Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park


You can get the chance to do some bird watching here, see other wildlife, go for a hike on one of the 3 main trails that are there to explore.

If you are looking to do some camping in B.C. you can also find some campsites here at Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park. There are picnic areas too if you want to pack up a lunch and have a picnic this summer.

Find space for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and other water sports and water activities. This park is worth a visit this summer if you want to see the best of B.C.

Cypress Provincial Park


This is a spectacular park that is located north of West Van and offers 30km of hiking space and trails to explore. It is only a short distance away from Vancouver and when you’re driving takes less than an hour to get there. Depending on the traffic it should only take you between 30-40 minutes to get to Cypress Provincial Park.

You can see some of the best Vancouver views here but you might not want to plan a big hike here unless you are an experienced hiker. This can be a difficult hike and the weather in the area has been known to change rapidly.

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Cultus Lake Provincial Park


Cultus Lake is one of the best places to be in the summer. You can get the chance to bring a boat here, engage in other water activities, and have a great summer at the lake.

Almost a 2hr drive from Vancouver

Depending on the traffic if you want to get to Cultus Lake you will be looking at well over an hour to get there. This is one of the most popular lake spots in all of the lower mainland and for good reason. It will easily get very busy throughout the summer and so if you want to make sure you beat the traffic and get a good spot it’s best to arrive early.

Find a number of trails to discover, like the Seven Sisters Trail, Cultus Lake Horse Trail, and others. If you are looking to rent a boat or sea-doo etc there are Cultus lake rental options once you get there. You can find cabin rentals for Cultus Lake there are also some hotel options nearby like Hampton Inn by Hilton Chilliwack which is only about 20 minutes away by car.

Golden Ears Provincial Park


Golden Ears is another great park option and one of the best for a family weekend. When the weather is nice out and you are looking for a good spot in the lower mainland for some hiking then this is it.

At Golden Ears you can do a lot more than hike or walk though, there are opportunities for water activities too. This is one of the largest park spaces in B.C. and you can find an opportunity for horseback riding as well. Find trails that are easy and those that are more difficult, something for everyone here.

Golden Ears also has campgrounds to discover and you’ll be near Alouette Lake too which brings you to a place for water-skiing, boating, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and having great summer fun.

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Mount Seymour Provincial Park


Mount Seymour Provincial Park is a short distance from downtown Vancouver and is one of the best parks to put on your list for this summer. You will get a chance to see views that overlook the entire city and there are a variety of trails to find at Mount Seymour too.

There are more than 10 trails here at Mount Seymour and some are shorter than others, varying in difficulty.

Mount Seymour Provincial Park has been a popular destination for both summer and winter recreation fun for families in B.C. too.

On your visit to Mount Seymour you might get to see bird and other wildlife here like deer or coyotes, among others.

You can also find picnic areas too that are perfect for enjoying some good food with friends or family. If you are looking to get out on the water you can do that too as the area offers several lakes to enjoy.

Find lakes within the park like Elsay Lake. For lakes you also will find Goldie Lake, Pencier Lake, and Gopher Lake at Mount Seymour Provincial Park as well.

In the Lower Mainland you also have Skagit Valley Provincial Park, Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park, Garibaldi Provincial Park, and others. There truly is no shortage of options for when you are looking to get out and explore beautiful B.C. and have some great summer fun.

Looking for fantastic B.C. mountain top views? A perfect day at the lake this summer with friends or family? A place to go camping for a few days and disconnect? B.C. has all of the best parks and trails, campgrounds, and outdoor spaces that can help you get the most out of your summer.

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