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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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.
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.
2185 Ocean Terrace Rd
Ucluelet, British Columbia
The 3 units of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve; Long Beach, the West Coast Trail & Broken Group Islands protect the near shore waters & coastal forest of Vancouver Island's West Coast. The traditional territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations encompass this park reserve. Each unit of the park offers a unique experience. Long Beach is famous for its long sandy beaches & rainforest trails. The Broken Group Islands are an archipelago of more than a hundred islands & islets in Barkley Sound. The West Coast Trail is a challenging 75 km historic hiking route along sandstone cliffs, waterfalls & beaches. Please check our website for pricing information.
4300 Red Mountain Rd
Red Mountain Resort, British Columbia
Summer in Rossland and at Red Mountain Resort is just as cherished as wintertime. We enjoy warm temperatures & sunny skies most of the summer season & with a wide variety of activities for you, your family & friends to participate in, Rossland is truly an outdoor playground. British Columbia's natural resources include mountain trails, lakes and forests replete with greenery and wildflowers. On top of that, golfing, biking (both mountain and road), and ATV'ing are very popular here. Rossland's mountain biking trails are world famous & include the Seven Summits Trail which was named "Trail of the Year" by Bike Magazine.
2950 Camozzi Rd
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Enjoy the incomparable views of the majestic Columbia River & the towering Monashee mountains this summer at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. After a seven minute gondola ride, you will arrive at the Mid-Mountain Lodge and its breathtaking views. Here you can enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in the stunning post-and-beam Lodge or outside on the massive deck. This is our first much-anticipated season of summer operations with the Revelation Gondola & we look forward to welcoming you!
Located mins from Mt Robson Provincial Park, we offer year-round spectacular sightseeing tours. World famous Berg Lake, a UNESCO world heritage site, is just a short flight away, offering day hikers & campers alike, the opportunity to fly into Robson Pass & hike out at their own pace. Heli-hiking tours are also available. A certified guide will hike with you in the glorious high country, enjoy a gourmet lunch before your helicopter whisks you back to reality. Winter brings exhilaration & fun in the form of heli-skiing & heli-snowshoeing. The best heli-ski prices in the industry, the leader in boutique heli-skiing. We guarantee it!
401-37989 Cleveland Ave
Squamish, British Columbia
The Sea to Sky Gondola experience, scheduled to open in Spring 2014, weaves together the very essence of coastal BC-mountains, oceans, rivers, forests, culture & year round recreation.
The 8-minute gondola ride to over 2800 feet above sea level will provide sweeping views of Howe Sound, the forest & surrounding mountains. Once at the top, many adventures await. Guests will have access to a wide array of outdoor experiences including two interpretive loop trails with cantilevered viewing platforms, a spectacular suspension bridge, access trails to backcountry routes & much more.
In addition to the outdoor experiences, the lodge at the top will provide an opportunity for cultural exhibits, events, dining or a chance for friends to share a beer after a day of adventure in nature.
123 Shortt St
Silver Star Mountain Resort, British Columbia
Silver Star is exploding with activities and fun things to do throughout the summer. We are one of BC's best mountain bike parks with bike runs for everyone. Trail difficulties range from green to double black. The Resort also offers spectacular hiking, scenic SkyChair rides, Disc Golf, wildflower, camping, nature and history tours, as well as a wine festival. For those looking for a unique and beautiful destination wedding, Silver Star has it all including a gorgeous outdoor cedar gazebo with a stunning back drop of the Monashee Mountain range, perfect for your ceremony.
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Experience a complete mix of Monashee trees, glades, alpine bowls & steep chutes, your own backcountry resort 3 times the area of Whistler Blackcomb. Located south of Revelstoke & east of Silver Star in the Southern Monashees, Sol Mountain Touring offers mountain living in style from our fully serviced lodge at 1,907 m (6,300 ft). Easy access to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking & fishing alpine lakes in the summer. Ski in small groups of 4-6; choose from 3, 4, or 7 night trips. ACMG Guides.