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Floe Lake, Kootenay National Park (David Gluns photo)

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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CMH Heli-Skiing - Nakusp

Toll-free800-661-0252
Phone403-762-7100

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.

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Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area - Creston

1760 West Creston Rd
Creston, British Columbia
V0B 1G0
Toll-free
Phone250-402-6908

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 through Oct, naturalists are on-site at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre ready to inspire & educate in a fun-filled atmosphere. The naturalists provide guided canoe & walking tours (May-Aug), special programs, trail maps & loads of information.

Easy 24/7 access to 32 km of meandering dyke trails & 2 viewing towers create the possibility of viewing some of the 400 species of wildlife that call this area home. Hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, canoeing & fishing are some ways you can enjoy this amazing wetland gem.

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Crystal Waters Guest Ranch - Bridge Lake

7806 North Bonaparte Rd
Bridge Lake, British Columbia
V0K 1E0
Toll-free888-593-2252
Phone250-593-4252

As a working dude ranch, we specialize in horseback riding and fly-fishing holidays but offer many other sun and snow activities. Pristine lakes, rolling meadows and deep forests, ranch style meals, log cabins, and real cowboys await you. We take great pride in offering our guests a string of healthy, pasture-kept, trustworthy horses. From Paints to Palominos we have over 20 to choose from, so you can be sure to find the ideal horse for your time on the range. No matter what your riding ability, up here everyone's a cowboy or a cowgirl & everyone can go cowboying.

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Cypress Mountain - West Vancouver

Cypress Mountain
West Vancouver, British Columbia
V7V 3N9
Toll-free
Phone604-926-5612

Cypress Mountain is 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver & proud to continue to provide our skiers, riders & sliders with the most vertical drop, most terrain, most lifts & some of the best snow conditions on the highest skiing & riding peak of Vancouver's North Shore Mountains. With some of the best skiing & riding in Vancouver, one of Canada's most popular cross-country skiing areas, a huge snow-tubing park & unique snowshoeing tours, Cypress truly offers something for everyone.

There is lots to do in the summer too! Whether you are looking to enjoy the sunny weather with a rugged hike or a quiet afternoon exploring the trails, Cypress Mountain has a variety of summer activities to offer. See our website for information on geocaching, disc golf, wildlife viewing & more.

Annual Snowfall SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
1100 cm 53 Easy52%Easy35%Easy13%
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Ecosummer Expeditions - Sea Kayaking & Adventure Tours - Port McNeill

Toll-free800-465-8884
Phone250-674-0102

Travel with Ecosummer Expeditions on an intimate guided tour, kayaking in the realm of Orcas along BC's Johnstone Strait (the best place in BC to see Killer Whales in the wild). Untamed, inspiring, remote and magical, Warden Beach is home to our Orca Camp and your staging ground for adventures wild and mild. Explore the coast of Vancouver Island on 3, 4, and 6-day Orca Camp adventures, or book any of our packages in combination with Orca Camp for a "best of BC" vacation!

Unleash your wild side and discover what countless travellers have always known: an Ecosummer expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime journey for the soul, where moments in nature soon become memories to last a lifetime!

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Ecotours-BC & Pyna-tee-ah Fly Fishing - Likely

4911 Quesnel Forks Rd
Likely, British Columbia
V0L 1N0
Toll-free866-299-9100
Phone250-790-2292

CTC Signature Experience (2012). Grizzlies, wildlife, birds and nature. Simply amazing natural and intimate encounters with nature and wildlife in the Cariboo Mountains - grizzly bear watching with the 'Bear Whisperer', bird watching, amazing alpine hiking, and winter moose, wildlife and wolves snowshoeing adventures. Observe the cycle of life of the salmon and bears on the rivers. New heli-adventure. Experience world-class fly fishing for legendary wild trout and salmon on the gin clear pure uncrowded rivers of the Cariboo mountains. Fully guided, all-inclusive holiday adventure packages. Truly unique Canadian wilderness adventures giving you lifetime memories and life changing moments in nature.

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Fairwinds Golf Course - Nanoose Bay

3730 Fairwinds Dr
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
V9P 9J6
Toll-free888-781-2777
Phone250-468-7666

Fairwinds Golf Club was voted "Best Golf Course on Vancouver Island" by the BCLiving.ca readers of the 2013 BC's Best - People Choice Awards, published by Canada Wide Media. Located within a premier oceanfront golf community on central Vancouver Island, Fairwinds Golf Club's friendly staff will ensure a welcoming and enjoyable golf experience. Navigate your way around bunkers, trees and ponds on the course, while encountering deer, bald eagles and other wildlife. After your round, relax with a beverage and a casual bite on the patio at Benz Lounge, Patio & Bistro overlooking the ninth green. Enjoy easy access to the Georgia Strait at our 360 berth Schooner Cove Marina. Transient boaters receive complimentary golf club rentals and shuttle to the Golf Club with overnight moorage.

Holes Yardage Par Slope/Rating Golf Digest Rating
18 6204 71 130/69 3
Course Designer: Les Furber
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Fernie Alpine Resort - Summer - Fernie

5339 Ski Hill Rd
Fernie, British Columbia
V0B 1M6
Toll-free877-333-2339
Phone250-423-4655

Fernie Alpine Resort is your one-stop adventure this summer with the new Aerial Park.

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!

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Glacier National Park - Golden

80 Km West Of Golden
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
Toll-free
Phone250-837-7500

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.

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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - Sidney

2220 Harbour Rd
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 2P6
Toll-free866-944-1744
Phone250-654-4000

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.

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