Darkwoods, BC (Photo by Gordon MacPherson)

Darkwoods, BC (Photo by Gordon MacPherson)

Come visit us!

Kids explore the Dutch Creek Hoodoos (Photo by Steve Ogle)

Kids explore the Dutch Creek Hoodoos (Photo by Steve Ogle)

Visitors are welcome at many conservation areas protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). 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 an NCC property in British Columbia, we'd love for you to drop by. You can also visit our Nature Destinations web page to learn more about our properties across the country and read inspiring stories from the field.

West Coast and Vancouver Island

Drop by any time:

Campbell River Estuary, BC (Photo by 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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View from Chase Woods (Photo by Chris Istace)Chase Woods Nature Preserve

Nearest town: Duncan
A spectacular hike to a panoramic view at the top of steep cliffs.
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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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Drop by any time:

NCC staff member snowshoeing 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 for this delicate ecosystem.
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Napier Lake Ranch (Photo by Tim Ennis / NCC)Napier Lake Ranch Conservation Area

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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Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area, 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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Canadian Rockies

Drop by any time:

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

Nearest town: Fairmont Hot Springs
Opportunities for 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 find 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 visitors can engage in 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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