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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West Vancouver, British Columbia
Cypress Mountain is 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver & is proud to continue to provide our skiers, riders & sliders with the most vertical drop, most terrain, most lifts & best snow conditions on the highest skiing & riding peak of Vancouver's legendary North Shore Mountains. With the best winter skiing & riding in Vancouver, Canada's most popular cross country skiing area, a huge snowtubing park & our unique snowshoeing tours, Cypress truly offers something for everyone.
There is lots to do in the summer at Cypress too! Whether you are looking to enjoy the sunny weather with a rugged hike or a quiet afternoon exploring the trails, Cypress Mountain has a variety of summer activities to offer. See our website for information on geocaching, disc golf, wildlife viewing & more.
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Travel with Ecosummer Expeditions on intimate group wilderness adventures. Departing from Vancouver Island, Vancouver and Port McNeill enjoy kayaking with whales at Orca Camp in BC's Johnstone Strait, exploring old-growth rain forests and wild running rivers or hiking the West Coast Trail on an epic journey of discovery. You'll feel right at home on our wilderness adventure tours, meeting new people and sharing your experiences while guided by experts.
An Ecosummer expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime journey for the soul. Turning moments in nature into memories!
4911 Quesnel Forks Rd
Likely, British Columbia
CTC Signature Experience (2012). Grizzlies, wildlife, birds and nature. Simply amazing natural and intimate encounters with nature and wildlife in the Cariboo Mountains - grizzly bear watching with the 'Bear Whisperer', bird watching, amazing alpine hiking, and winter moose, wildlife and wolves snowshoeing adventures. Observe the cycle of life of the salmon and bears on the rivers. New heli-adventure. Experience world-class fly fishing for legendary wild trout and salmon on the gin clear pure uncrowded rivers of the Cariboo mountains. Fully guided, all-inclusive holiday adventure packages. Truly unique Canadian wilderness adventures giving you lifetime memories and life changing moments in nature.
3730 Fairwinds Dr
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
Fairwinds Golf Club was voted Best Golf Course on Vancouver Island by the readers of the 2013 BC's Best - BC Living's People Choice Awards, published by Canada Wide Media.
Located within a premier master-planned, oceanfront community on central Vancouver Island, Fairwinds Golf Club's friendly staff will ensure a welcoming and enjoyable golf experience. Navigate your way around bunkers, ponds and doglegs on the course, while encountering deer, bald eagles and other wildlife. After your round, relax with a beverage and a casual bite on the patio at Ben's Lounge and Restaurant overlooking the ninth green.
Enjoy easy access to the Georgia Strait at our 360 berth Schooner Cove Marina. Transient boaters receive complimentary golf club rentals and shuttle to the Golf Club with overnight moorage.
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Course Designer: Les Furber
5339 Ski Hill Rd
Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie Alpine Resort is your one-stop adventure this summer with the new Aerial Park.
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!
80 Km West Of Golden
Golden, British Columbia
Once seen as a rugged, inaccessible place where only the wild spirited & adventurous would dare enter, Glacier National Park is home to some of Canada's most fascinating transportation & mountaineering stories. Backcountry enthusiasts can enjoy Glacier's challenging peaks & deep snow while those looking for a more relaxing experience can take a leisurely stroll along the many short trails. At the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre visitors are invited to 'try on some history' as they pose in a new interpretive sculpture exhibit celebrating over a century of women's 'skirtless' mountaineering.
2220 Harbour Rd
Sidney, British Columbia
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve safeguards a portion of British Columbia's beautiful southern Gulf Islands. Established in 2003, park lands are dotted throughout numerous islands, islets & reefs. Enjoy kayaking, boating,camping, hiking, walking along the beaches or trails, picnicking or geocaching. Take in an interpretive program (free & fun) - check the website for more details.
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 is a land of startling contrasts. From glaciers to grasslands, broad vistas to narrow canyons, icy rivers to steamy hot springs - this place has it all!
Every twist and turn of the historic Banff-Windermere highway reveals something interesting to explore: Camp in comfort in one of Kootenay's new oTENTik tent-cabins. Relax and soak in some history at the famous Radium Hot Springs Pools. Marvel at the dramatic colours and sounds of Marble Canyon as you crisscross a narrow gorge and wander into the heart of a recent wildfire. Grab your backpack and lace up your hiking boots for an epic multi-day adventure on the Rockwall Trail or watch the 'slow fireworks' of colourful wildflowers along the Stanley Glacier Trail.