British Columbia is home to over 90 National Historic Sites and seven National Parks. Of the National Historic Sites lot, only 13 are presently being administered by Parks Canada. This spoils tourists for choice as far as National Parks and Historic Sites in BC go. You can make a plan to visit any of the following:
1. Glacier National Park of Canada: It does not come as a surprise that this province filled with glacier lakes among others has a Glacier National Park. It is home to lots of heavy snowfalls and offers visitors an opportunity to engage in alpine hiking. The hiking trails of this Park takes you through the popular Columbia Mountains.
2. Kootenay National Park of Canada: Get a chance to see Marble Canyon, Olive Lake, Radium Hot Springs, and Sinclair Canyon, when you visit this National Park. The Park is blessed with so many alpine trails and wildlife. It is located in the Rocky Mountains, near the Alberta border. You can also explore Columbia valley’s dry terrain, glacier peaks, and steamy hot springs.
3. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada: This National Park is a combination of Broken Springs Islands, Long Beach, and West Coast Trail. The west coast of Vancouver Island is where the entire 3 units are located. The Long Beach unit of this National Park is a stretch of almost 10 miles of sand while you get an abundance of coastal sites stretching over 46.5 miles at the West Coast Trail unit.
4. Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada: There is this belief that the province of British Columbia was birthed here in Fort Langley. This historic site which used to be the home of Hudson’s Bay Company is open to visitors every single day of the year. There is so much history to be learned of life in the 1800s in its historic buildings.
5. Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site of Canada: History is not the only thing this National Historic Site of about 33 miles is filled with, visitors also enjoy the many challenges it offers. In the 1890s, Chilkoot Trail was the preferred route for those going to the Yukon Gold Fields. Brace yourself to take about 12 hours crossing a rough terrain of slippery rock and snow, with one section stretching about 8 miles, in harsh weather conditions.
The 3 National Parks and 2 National Historic Sites listed above offer visitors so much in history and a chance to hike trails, birdwatch, view wildlife and do so many other things. Take the time to explore them during your next vacation.