16 National Parks & Historic Sites To Explore For Free In BC


2017 marks the 150th anniversary of confederation in Canada. To celebrate this significant milestone, Parks Canada is issuing a free Discovery Pass that grants access to many national parks and historical sites across the country.

Lonely Planet has also named Canada as being the top country to visit in 2017.

There are so many Instagram-worthy areas to explore and inspiring sights to see just by travelling in your own backyard.

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This year, explore BC’s pristine national parks and magical historical sites that are included with the free Discovery Pass:

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site of Canada

The Chilkoot Trail is a 53km trek that starts in Dyea, Alaska and goes to Bennet, BC. The abandoned historical town of Bennet was built during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897.

Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada

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The historical site located in Colwood is home to the first permanent lighthouse on the West Coast.

Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada

The small town of Fort Langley is a former trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site of Canada

The waterfront park in Colwood is home to a historic lighthouse, many scenic trails and old military structures.

Fort St. James National Historic Site of Canada

The history museum in Fort St. James will allow you to travel back to 1896 in the days of fur traders.

Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site of Canada

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Visit the 18th century Gitwangak which offers scenic views of the Kitwanga River valley, majestic totem poles and more. 

Glacier National Park of Canada

The breathtaking park has the best of both worlds; lush rainforest and glaciers.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

Located in the southern Strait of Georgia, the park offers beautiful sights across the 15 islands it covers.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada

The historic site is located in the charming fishing town on Steveston, in Richmond. It was built in 1894 and comes from the days it was the leading producer of canned salmon in BC.

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site

Explore this amazing area with ancient carved poles and fallen longhouses set amongst the islands of Gwaii Haanas. Here you can spot bald eagles, bears, whales and sea lions.

Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site of Canada

After playing an imperative role in connecting the country to the rest of the world, it was named a national historical site.

Kootenae House National Historic Site of Canada

The former fur trading post has been abandoned in 1812, it’s located in Invermere.

Kootenay National Park of Canada

The park is located in southeastern BC and covers 1,406kms of the Canadian Rockies.

Mount Revelstoke National Park of Canada

Located adjacent to Revelstoke, the park was founded in 1914 and offers beautiful scenery.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada

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It’s broken up into three regions which are Long Beach, Broken Group Islands and the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.

Yoho National Park of Canada

Located in the Canadian Rockies, the park is something everyone must see once. There is incredible sightseeing and lots of hikes to take on.

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