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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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!
Three Valley Gap
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Experience a helicopter flight around Three Valley Lake; $49 per seat. Enjoy the Monashee Mountain Tour where after liftoff, you will fly north climbing up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft) with a spectacular view of the Monashee mountain range. You will pass over numerous glaciers, rugged mountain peaks, high alpine meadows & lakes. The route will then take you back to Three Valley, parallelling the Upper Arrow Lakes & more glaciers; 30 mins; $195 per seat. Heli-hiking tours available.
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.
Bella Coola Mountain Lodge
Bella Coola, British Columbia
Join our tours with professional biologists to float tranquil rivers in search of wild grizzly & black bears. We may also see eagles, salmon, & other wildlife roaming & feeding in coastal streams & inlets from our expedition rafts & boats or on our ecological walking tours searching for grizzly bears. For a family friendly tour & something a little different & exciting, try our eco-rafting tours.
Kynoch Adventures & Bella Coola Mountain Lodge provide premier sustainable wildlife & wilderness tours throughout Bella Coola Valley & can arrange full itineraries including accommodation, meals, transfers & tours. From our beautiful lodge, to the majestic scenery & wildlife, BC's central-coast will be the highlight of your holiday.
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.
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.