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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201 Kicking Horse Ave
Field, British Columbia
In 1909 Charles Walcott discovered one of the most important fossil locations in the world, the Burgess Shale, in Yoho National Park, providing an amazing window into what the world looked like half-a-billion years ago.
It is not possible to visit the fossil sites on your own! They are protected sites within the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, and can only be visited with licensed guides.
New for Summer 2012: Geo-Walk: 1.5 hour presentation & 15 minute geo-walk. Participate in a journey of discovery & view the Burgess Shale fossil collection.
CMH Heli-Skiing is one of the world's most comprehensive & spectacular wilderness skiing experiences. Our 11 distinct ski areas in the remote mountains of British Columbia cover 15,765 sq km, more than 1/3 the area of Switzerland. In addition to our traditional heli-ski weeks (7 day trips), we offer several 3, 4 & 5 day Heli-Skiing, Heli-Boarding trips at a variety of lodges throughout the season, including the Bugaboo Mountains, Cariboo Range, Badshot Range of the Selkirks, the Monashees & many more. See our website for trip inclusions, photos of our amazing lodges & all other details.
910 Fern Rd E
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Discover the story behind Vancouver Island's ancient rainforests of giant trees, alpine flower meadows & turquoise mountain lakes; ocean tide pools; marine & other wildlife; salmon & bird watching areas. Year-round personal nature tours with a biologist trained by Interpretation Canada. Get to the right place in less time so you can spend more time exploring, learning, exercising & experiencing. Find secret places & special moments off the beaten path & discover the hidden creatures others don't know about. Have an authentic vacation that tells the story behind the scenery through thought-provoking & interactive programs. Snowshoeing & hiking tours.
6207 Hwy 1
Malakwa, British Columbia
Suites and campground adjacent to spectacular waterfalls & 2 km riverfront. Overpass, boardwalks, tame mountain wilderness give access to the high mountain patio and a 73 m suspension bridge above raging Crazy Creek. The bridge and platforms get you directly in front of the falls - feel the mist and hear the roar. This all-season family oriented destination is an ideal stop as you travel through the Rockies; between Vancouver & Calgary. It is an activity hub in the heart of Eagle Pass Nature Park; world-famous sledding, ATVing, heli-hiking and catskiing. Relax at the hot pools facility daily (large hot pools; cold plunge).
1760 West Creston Rd
Creston, British Columbia
The Wildlife Area is an impressive 6,800 ha (17,000 ac) Ramsar designated wetland habitat located 11 km west of Creston off Hwy 3. From May to October, naturalists are on-site at the Interpretation Centre to provide guided canoe & walking tours (May - August), trail maps & information. Easy 24/7 access to 32 km of dyke trails & 2 viewing towers allows you a chance to view some of the close to 400 species of wildlife sighted in the area. Hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, canoeing & fishing are some of the ways to enjoy the amazing scenery of the wetland.
257 Glen Rd
Clearwater, British Columbia
Like you, we have a huge passion for travel and adventure! We specialize in guided sea kayaking expeditions, canoeing trips and hiking and backpacking adventures in British Columbia. All our hand picked programs are run by seasoned guides with in-depth knowledge and experience, leading you into a world of tranquillity and simplicity to encounter resident wildlife and diverse areas rich in history and culture. With a 30+ year history and thousands of happy clients around the world, Ecosummer Expeditions is the choice for your adventure and travel needs.
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 and 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. 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 at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.
6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Located 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you high above the city to a mountaintop of adventure including hiking trails, ziplining, live entertainment, a wildlife refuge & much more. In winter, enjoy snowshoeing, outdoor mountaintop ice skating, sleigh rides & the best in local skiing & snowboarding. Ideally situated overlooking the city, Grouse Mountain's restaurants showcase some of the best of BC, from fine dining at The Observatory to flavourful après in Altitudes Bistro. Visit our newest attraction, The Eye of the Wind, Vancouver's iconic wind turbine.
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.