Floe Lake, Kootenay National Park (David Gluns photo)
There are hundreds of hiking trails in British Columbia, and they are located in spectacular natural settings.
After all, BC has more than 850 parks and protected areas along with year-round resorts. Every type of excursion is available, from short walks on well-marked nature trails to thigh-burning multi-day wilderness backpacking trips.
The best-known trail in British Columbia is the internationally acclaimed West Coast Trail on southern Vancouver Island. Hikers come from all over the world for this challenging 75km/47mi coastal route, known for both its beauty and physically demanding nature.
Soft sandy beaches, rainforests, and the sound of the Pacific Ocean await hikers along the Vancouver Island coast. Tide pools burst with marine life at Botanical Beach along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, while the remote broad sandy beaches of Northern BC's Naikoon Provincial Park stretch for approximately 100km/60mi. The Sunshine Coast Trail provides hikers with ocean views and the cool environment of old-growth forest.
See vivid red, yellow, orange-tinted volcanic mountains from the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast's aptly-named Rainbow Range trail. Towering grey cliff walls are found along the Rockwall Trail (in Kootenay National Park), and craggy pointed peaks dusted with snow greet visitors to Mount Robson's Berg Lake Trail.
The cities of Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler have quick access to quiet forests and great hiking and walking trails. Try the easy Galloping Goose Trail from Victoria, the myriad trails in Cypress Provincial Park near Vancouver, or the scenic Lost Lake Trail in Whistler.
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Haida Heritage Centre
Skidegate, British Columbia
Explore the edge of the world. In the southern portion of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) lies Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve & Haida Heritage Site, a wild & remote place of haunting beauty. Reservations required May 1-Sep 30.
3900 Horne Lake Caves Rd
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Crystal clear water, amazing caves & spectacular scenery make Horne Lake one of the best camping & adventure destinations on Vancouver Island. Horne Lake Caves was voted the "Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC" by Attractions Canada. Explore this unique park above and below the surface. Visit Canada's only Cave Theatre and Museum. On the trails, enjoy a wide range of programs from surface geology hikes to family-oriented cavern tours or popular 3hr. Spelunking Adventure featuring ancient fossils & amazing crystal formations. For more challenge, you can self-guide two rugged caves or go vertical on the "Extreme" expeditions - rappelling down underground waterfalls!
Kootenay National Park
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
Kootenay National Park's rich landscape ranges from glacier-clad peaks along the continental divide to the semi-arid grasslands of the Columbia Valley. Relax and soak in history at the famous Radium Hot Springs Pools. Take an afternoon stroll on the Redstreak Restoration Interpretive Trail or discover why Olive Lake has been a traditional stopping place for travellers on a self-guided interpretive walk. Marvel at the dramatic colours, sights and sounds found in Marble Canyon as you crisscross the narrow gorge into the heart of a recent wildfire. Watch the 'slow fireworks' of wild flowers along the Stanley Glacier Trail.
Burns Lake, British Columbia
Remote back-country cabins with trophy Rainbow trout in Tweedsmuir Park and Coast Mountains. Float plane access only! Two cabins available: Tesla Lake and Coles Lake. Our cabins are equipped with hot showers, flush toilets, full kitchens, boats and outboard motors. River and lake fishing with many hiking trails. Fly in from Burns Lake. Accommodations can be arranged at both locations. Very private - only cabin on the lake and we only book one group at a time. Fly-out fishing, high alpine hiking, wildlife viewing, daily sightseeing tours and daily fly-out fishing also available through Lakes District Air.
207 Mackenzie Ave
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Mica Heli Guides 100% small group heliskiing and boarding. Four groups of four skiers or boarders sharing two A-Star helicopters, or one group of four in a Bell 407, maximum 20 guests. Ski or board terrain tailored to your desires. NEW Luxurious backcountry lodge one hour north of Revelstoke BC accessible only by helicopter. A quarter million acres of huge alpine, world class steep tree skiing and endless pillow runs. Forget down days. No-fly days are rare and complimentary catskiing for backup. Mica Heliskiing is renowned for having the best terrain with the deepest driest powder on the planet.
1027 Pandora Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
We provide inspiring & authentic outdoor holiday tours of Canada for the leisure traveller. If you have dreamed of exploring natural settings in Canada apart from mainstream tourism, then Midnight Sun Adventure Travel's vacations of the Rocky Mountains, Vancouver Island & Haida Gwaii will capture your heart and imagination.
New for 2013 is our 28 day Canada West Safari composed of four separate legs with optional city breaks in between - a great tool for customizing your vacation to western Canada.
Activities & tour themes include easy hiking, wildlife viewing, train travel, family travel, marine explorations, kayaking and sightseeing.
Trans Canada Hwy
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Home to Canada's only inland cedar-hemlock rainforest, Mount Revelstoke is the only national park in Canada where you can summit a mountain five minutes from your vehicle. Visitors are invited to stroll amongst giants on the Giant Cedars & Skunk Cabbage boardwalks, or enjoy a panoramic view and meadows of subalpine wildflowers from the summit of Mount Revelstoke. Cycling enthusiasts can try riding 26 km (1600 m elevation gain) up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. During the winter months outdoors enthusiasts can explore the Meadows in the Sky Parkway on skis or snowshoes.
5339 Ski Hill Rd
Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie Alpine Resort is Your One-Stop Adventure This Summer with the NEW Aerial Park & Mountain Biking.
Don't miss the best in summer adventure. It's the latest rage in summer fun, the trying & exhilarating undertaking gets you to take the leap of faith & traverse through the rope course challenge, a high level adventure in the tree tops is guaranteed to keep the adrenaline pumping!
Fernie will also operate the Mountain Bike Park Operations & guided hike program again this summer! Check our website & Facebook page for updates & other activities!
Explore... Escape... Experience... the fun & exhilaration of hiking & snowshoeing!
Spend the day high above Vancouver's skyline & experience a different point of view. Only 30 minutes from downtown. All you need is a camera. No experience necessary. Tours include hiking poles, snowshoes, snack, beverage & a souvenir photo.
Or choose one of our Best of Vancouver Shore Excursion city tours. These tours are great for people who are visiting Vancouver for the first time and don't have a lot of time. As your private tour guide, we can adjust the schedule and activities to meet your needs.
1824 Store St
Victoria, British Columbia
Ocean River Adventures has been "getting you out there" for over 30 years & it has never been easier or so much fun - we were even voted the best Kayak School in western Canada by Sea Kayaker Magazine!
Tour options with a certified guide include: Harbour kayak tours - 3 hrs; Discovery Island kayak tours- 6 hrs; & Discovery Island Hiking tours - 3 1/2 hrs. Custom Tours & instruction offered upon request.
Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard rentals are available from downtown Victoria.
Open 7 days a week, the Ocean River Sports outdoor retail store is a must-visit for quality outdoor clothing & gear.