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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207B - 4368 Main St
Whistler, British Columbia
Squamish Alpine Guides offers hiking, back country, rock climbing & mountaineering adventures in the Squamish and Coastal Mountain areas. Day & half-day options suitable for beginners to advanced!
New this year - Join us for one of our Sea to Sky Gondola Adventures. This swift & spectacular gondola ride provides easy access to amazing terrain & adventure.
1280 Alpine Rd
Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia
Our year-round community has evolved into a regional summer hub for weekly festivals & events from July to September. Stroll through the village, listen to live concerts, explore the shops & restaurants, or choose an outdoor activity. Lift-accessed hiking trails provide easy access to some of the most stunning alpine wildflowers in the region.
There's the 18-hole Sun Peaks Golf Course, downhill mountain bike park, cross country bike trails, canoe and kayak rentals, horseback riding, geo-caching, stand-up paddle boarding, outdoor pool, tennis courts & more. The weekly Sunday Farmers' market features local food vendors & artisans. With 7 hotels in the village core, an international hostel & hundreds of town home & chalet rentals, you'll want to stay for a few days just to take it all in.
ToursByLocals connects travellers with the best local guides in 126 countries worldwide. In British Columbia, Canada you can find and book a private tour with a local guide in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, and Nanaimo.
Our guides are enthusiastic, experienced locals who are passionate about showing off the best of their BC region to visitors.
From city walks to culinary tours to hiking adventures, every ToursByLocals experience is fully customizable to your unique travel interests.
Benefit from a local's knowledge and access BC's most popular destinations, along with special, out of the way spots - the ones that have never seen a bus tour.
7001 Corbould Rd
Bella Coola, British Columbia
Our Grizzly Bear Tours have been selected by the Canadian Tourism Commission as part of their "Signature Experiences Collection"! Tours run between August & October. This is when the local rivers are teeming with salmon which draw the Grizzly Bears hoping to fatten up for the winter. At this time of year the Grizzlies are intent on fishing & are more tolerant of both other bears & people & are therefore much easier to observe.
Accompanied by an experienced guide, our non-motorized drift trips are the perfect way to see the bears and wildlife of the Bella Coola Valley.
Accolades: Founding member of The Magnificent 7 Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada; TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence (2012, 2013 & 2014) & Traveller's Choice Award: "Top Small Hotels of Canada"(2014)!
1 Tyaughton Lake Rd
Gold Bridge, British Columbia
Get into the Wild! Experience the beauty of British Columbia's South Chilcotin Mountains with us.
Based at Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, Tyax Adventures offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, float plane charters, sightseeing & backcountry accommodations. Discover crystal clear alpine lakes teaming with fish, backcountry trails through thick carpets of wildflowers & stunning mountains vistas.
Come & visit us - let us be your guide to this treasured region. Our local knowledge, dedicated staff & personalized service will ensure you experience a hassle-free vacation that you will remember for a lifetime.
Experience backcountry skiing at its finest! Valkyr Adventures offers you two backcountry ski touring lodges to choose from with access to 11,000 hectares of terrain in the Valkyr Range. Our staging area is near Burton, 37 km south of Nakusp on Hwy 6W. From there you'll fly in by helicopter for a week in ski-touring paradise. Choose the program that best fits your ability & agenda: guided, self-guided, catered or self-catered. Both Valkyr lodges feature quality accommodation including indoor plumbing, WiFi, fully outfitted private bedrooms, cozy wood fired comfort & separate sauna hut. Ski season is Dec-Apr. For added adventure choose our Apr Hut2Hut trip. Experience pure mountain bliss in summer too! Ramble from flower fields to mountain peaks. Multi-day trips are available Jul-Sep.
1212 Main Street
Squamish, British Columbia
Tour the natural wonders of British Columbia!
Visit the towering giant trees, moss drenched rainforest, glacier clad mountains, sparkling blue lakes & wild Pacific beaches that make this province so naturally spectacular.
We offer multi-day adventure tours & guided hiking trips focused on the natural wonders of this amazing province, including the most comprehensive big tree tour in Canada. From the Sea to Sky Country between Vancouver & Whistler & over to Vancouver Island we have some of the most incredible scenic tours out there. So, whether it's a guided coastal hike or a waterfall or glacial lakes viewing tour, come join us on a small group adventure in nature's wonderland.
4282 Mountain Square
Whistler, British Columbia
Spanning the distance between Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains, the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is breathtaking. The journey between the two mountains provides a 360-degree window into Whistler Blackcomb's alpine environment, its surrounding peaks, changing seasons & wildlife habitat. Looking for an epic hike to an ancient glacier? A gentle stroll on an alpine walking trail? A tour of black bear habitat? High tea at an alpine hut? Wine tasting on a mountaintop patio? The choice is yours with the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. From easy to epic, there's something for everyone.
Yoho National Park
Field, British Columbia
Named for a Cree expression of 'awe and wonder', a trip to Yoho is truly awesome! The park's towering peaks, expansive glaciers and impressive waterfalls have attracted visitors for over a century.
These same features were the curse of railway engineers and inspired the construction of the Spiral Tunnels, an engineering marvel. Although many of its highlights are accessible by road, Yoho is also a hiker's dream. Discover half a billion year old fossils on a guided hike to the restricted Burgess Shale fossil beds or take an afternoon stroll around Emerald Lake or to Wapta Falls. Grab your hiking boots for an epic day or multi-day adventure on the park's high-elevation Iceline Trail.