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 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.
888 Sparkling Pl
Vernon, British Columbia
KurSpa is a whole body, mind & soul experience - a 40,000 sq. ft. oasis where guests explore a better level of health. A place of refined splendour, open & airy with the beauty of the landscape and floor-to-ceiling windows. Walk on private hiking trails, dine on organic choices, experience 7 unique aromatherapy steam and sauna rooms and choose from over 100 treatments.
Our signature treatment, the Cryotherapy Cold Sauna (-110C) is the first in North America. With abundant natural light, the atmosphere is uplifting & soothing, guests benefit from transformative treatments & therapies with pure thermal water, Dead Sea salts, volcanic dust and essential oils of plants and flowers.
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.
Little Fort, British Columbia
Meadow Lake Fishing Camp offers fantastic fishing of the famous Kamloops trout known for its incredible strength & tasty red meat. We provide you with everything for a one per person/per day price: accommodation, boats, fish cleaning, smoking & freezing, breakfast, packed lunch, gourmet dinner, shower, firewood, free internet & transportation.
Hike through beautiful forests and meadows full of wildflowers to the lakes and be the only ones there. Catch trout up to 20 lbs and after a great day of fishing, relax in our lounge or on our huge deck overlooking Meadow Lake. Our guests come here in the 3rd & 4th generation.
1027 Pandora Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
Our trips explore front-country wilderness settings in Vancouver Island, the Rocky Mountains, Haida Gwaii and Yukon Territory. In these regions we view wildlife, explore parks and get off the beaten path. Trips range in length from 5 to 11 days.
Travellers on our Independent Trip Packages follow an itinerary that outlines pre-booked accommodation, transportation and activities - all the while allowing for plenty of time to explore on their own.
On our Guided Trip Packages, groups of up to 8 are escorted by a Midnight Sun guide. Our guided Family Trips provide authentic experiences for children 6 yeas of age and up.
Based in Victoria, BC, Midnight Sun Adventure Travel is a registered travel agency (licence 3042). We've been in the adventure travel business since 1995.
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 & 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.
Off Hwy 16
Valemount, British Columbia
Designated as a World Heritage Site, Mount Robson offers majestic views & many hiking & recreational opportunities in the area. The Berg Lake trail is known for daily & multi-day hiking, viewing various wildlife, fauna & surrounding landscapes.