Darkwoods (Photo by Gordon MacPherson)

Darkwoods (Photo by Gordon MacPherson)

Come Visit Us!

Volunteers an the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers an the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (Photo by NCC)

Updated September 18, 2017: Please note: After two months of suspending access to its conservation lands in British Columbia because of the extreme risk of wildfires, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is re-opening access to most of its lands in the province. More details available here >

Visitors are welcome at many conservation areas protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. These special natural places provide excellent opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, nature photography and other compatible recreation activities.

This year, get out into nature. If you happen to be near a Nature Conservancy of Canada project in British Columbia, we'd love for you to drop by.

West Coast and Vancouver Island

Drop by anytime:

Campbell River Estuary, BC (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)Baikie Island Nature Reserve (in the Campbell River Estuary)

Nearest town: Campbell River

A popular park for hiking, canoeing and sightseeing.

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Tzouhalem moonrise, Chase Woods, British Columbia (Photo by Mike Szaszik)Chase Woods Nature Preserve

Nearest town: Duncan

A spectacular hike to a panoramic view at the top of cliffs where peregrine falcons nest.

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Old-growth forest on Kumdis River Conservation Area, Haida Gwaii. (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)Kumdis River Conservation Area

Nearest town: Port Clements, Haida Gwaii

Features a network of trails created by previous forestry use.

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Special permission required:

An intertidal zone on Clayoquot Island (Photo by NCC)Clayoquot Island Preserve

Nearest town: Tofino

Opened to the public once a year in May.

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In Bloom at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, 2011 (Photo by NCC)Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

Nearest town: Duncan

Hosts weekly volunteer events and available for special group visits.

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Southern Interior

Drop by anytime:

NCC's Michelle Dano showshoeing at Lac du Bois (Photo by NCC)Lac du Bois Conservation Area in the Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area

Nearest town: Kamloops

Responsible walking, cycling and other light recreation are suitable in this delicate ecosystem.

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Roy Jackson and his daughters on Napier Lake Ranch (Photo courtesy of the Jackson family)Napier Lake Ranch

Nearest town: Kamloops

A perfect birdwatching destination.

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Rattlesnake Bluffs (Photo by NCC)Rattlesnake Bluffs

Nearest town: Kamloops

A unique conservation area in the heart of the city.

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Sparrow Grasslands, BC (Photo by NCC)Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area

Nearest town: Osoyoos

These grasslands offer a view straight across the U.S. border.

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Skaha Conservation Area, British Columbia (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)Skaha Conservation Area in the Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

Nearest town: Penticton

World-renowned hiking and mountain-climbing.

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Canadian Rockies

Drop by anytime:

Ancient cottonwoods, British Columbia (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)Ancient Cottonwood Interpretive Trail

Nearest town: Fernie

An easy trail through some of the oldest black cottonwood trees in the world.

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Columbia Lake-Lot 48, BC (Photo by Steve Short)Columbia Lake - Lot 48

Nearest town: Fairmont Hot Springs

Opportunities for cycling, hiking and swimming on the shores of Columbia Lake.

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Aurora borealis at Dutch Creek Hoodoos (Photo by Dan Walton)Dutch Creek Hoodoos

Nearest town: Invermere

A hike along the hoodoos with panoramic views.

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"Frog Crossing" sign (Photo by NCC)Frog Bear Conservation Corridor

Nearest town: Creston

A haven for bears and frogs, and good for low-impact recreation.

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Elk at Luxor Linkage (Photo by Bonnie-Lou Ferris)Luxor Linkage Conservation Area

Nearest town: Edgewater

Mountains, valleys and forest characterize this picturesque wildlife corridor.

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Special permission required:

Roland Meyers admires the large trees of Darkwoods (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)Darkwoods

Nearest town: Salmo

Open in the summer for a hike you won't get anywhere else.

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Public parks

NCC has helped protect dozens of properties that were destined to become public parks. Now owned and managed by local or provincial governments, these parks are some of our most treasured natural spaces in BC. Some of the most well-known parks that NCC has had a hand in conserving include:

Allowable activities on NCC properties

Allowable activities on NCC properties are defined by each property's management plan. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to what kinds of recreation activities in which visitors can engage on our conservation lands. Some properties remain completely closed to the public in order to protect the sensitive ecology that made the land so important to conserve. Other conservation areas can withstand a wide range of recreational pursuits without any harm coming to the natural habitat.

All visitors to NCC properties do so at their own risk.

If you have questions about what activities are permissible on any of our properties, please contact us.

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