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Near Nitinat Narrows on the West Coast Trail, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
(Josh McCulloch/All Canada Photos)

Vancouver Island

Hiking

Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)

Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)

Some of the best hiking anywhere in the world is found on and around Vancouver Island.

The landscapes are varied and beautiful, with sandy beaches, temperate rainforest, caves, waterfalls and rugged mountains. The trails here range from easy one-hour strolls to grinding seven-day treks.

West Coast Trail and Coastline Hikes

British Columbia's most renowned trail is the West Coast Trail, situated in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the southwest coast. Considered by some to be the toughest trek in North America, the trail traverses 75km/47mi of wild and remote coastal areas, cedar, hemlock and spruce forests, cliffs, beaches, sandstone ledges and suspension bridges spanning rivers and streams. It's pure wilderness all the way, so hikers must be fit and well equipped for the backcountry.

Further south, the 47km/29mi Juan de Fuca Marine Trail in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park boasts scenery similar to the West Coast Trail, but with several vehicle accessible points en route, making it a favourite for novices and day hikers.

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Irie Adventure Tours - North Vancouver

Websitehttp://www.IrieAdventures.com
Toll-free
Phone604-671-9730

With offices located in Vancouver and Kimberley, BC, Irie Adventure Tours offers top of the line guides and charter transportation showcasing all the activities, sights and beauty that BC has to offer.

Focused on skiing and snowboarding, biking, hiking, golfing, and corporate getaways, let Irie Adventure Tours take care of all the details of trip planning so you can truly enjoy your BC experience. Offering all-inclusive, carefully curated and guided multi-day/multi-destination tours this is your chance to take part in an experience that you will remember for a lifetime!

Custom group trips, charter transportation, corporate retreats and staff team building days. Irie Adventure Tours is your one stop shop for all your active tourism needs .

See the BC we see!

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Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort - Nimmo Bay

Nimmo Bay
Nimmo Bay, British Columbia
V0N 2R0
Websitehttp://www.nimmobay.com
Toll-free800-837-4354
Phone800-837-4354

At Nimmo Bay in beautiful British Columbia, you define what it means to be brave. Fly to pristine coastal river to catch wild steelhead trout and salmon. Enjoy a helicopter adventure over the treetops of 130,000 square kilometers (50,000 square miles) of wilderness, en route to lunch on a 10,00 year old glacier. Or test your courage by enjoying a brisk swim in the waterfall plunge pool. Enjoy a guided day of bear watching or whale watching, or a peaceful trek through the forest around the luxurious resort. You choose the adventure; Nimmo Bay provides the experience. This family-owned and operator business offers fresh coastal cuisine and first- class service, along with intimidate and relaxing wilderness experiences, helping you explore nature in its purest form.

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Sea to Sky Expeditions - Squamish

37977 Fourth Ave
Squamish, British Columbia
V8B 0B2
Websitehttp://www.seatoskyexpeditions.com
Toll-free800-990-8735
Phone604-815-4202

Sea to Sky Expeditions has been providing quality wilderness experiences since 1988. We offer a wide variety of activities & locations throughout BC. We are British Columbia's hiking experts, come join us on the West Coast Trail or take in a stunning mountain vista. Sea kayak in Johnstone Strait with the orcas or paddle a canoe through the world-class Bowron Lakes circuit. Amazing scenery, great food, certified guides & new friends await! No previous experience required.

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Trek & Treats: Inn to Inn Hiking - Victoria

Websitehttp://www.trekandtreats.ca
Toll-free855-455-5355
Phone778-433-9255

Trek & Treats invites you to experience Canada's West Coast during an unforgettable journey across southern Vancouver Island. Discover nature, culture and hospitality on a partially guided or self-guided hiking or multi-sport tour.

Walk along rugged coastline, through ancient forest and peaceful farmland during a 3-7 day tour, or travel by kayak or bicycle for some of the distance. Enjoy local eateries and stay in rural B&B's. Travel at your own pace, with your own company.

Trek & Treats provides maps and route information, arranges your accommodations and transports your luggage. Personalized options are available.

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Ecosummer Expeditions - Sea Kayaking & Adventure Tours - Clearwater

Websitehttp://www.ecosummer.com
Toll-free800-465-8884
Phone250-674-0102

Travel with Ecosummer Expeditions on intimate group wilderness adventures. Departing from Vancouver Island, Vancouver and Port McNeill enjoy kayaking with whales at Orca Camp in BC's Johnstone Strait, exploring old-growth rain forests and wild running rivers or hiking the West Coast Trail on an epic journey of discovery. You'll feel right at home on our wilderness adventure tours, meeting new people and sharing your experiences while guided by experts.

An Ecosummer expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime journey for the soul. Turning moments in nature into memories!

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Fairwinds Golf Course - Nanoose Bay

3730 Fairwinds Dr
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
V9P 9J6
Websitehttp://www.fairwinds.ca
Toll-free888-781-2777
Phone250-468-7666

Fairwinds Golf Club was voted Best Golf Course on Vancouver Island by the readers of the 2013 BC's Best - BC Living's People Choice Awards, published by Canada Wide Media. Located within a premier master-planned, oceanfront community on central Vancouver Island, Fairwinds Golf Club's friendly staff will ensure a welcoming and enjoyable golf experience. Navigate your way around bunkers, ponds and doglegs 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 Ben's Lounge and Restaurant 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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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - Sidney

2220 Harbour Rd
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 2P6
Websitehttp://www.pc.gc.ca/gulf
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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Horne Lake Caves & Adventure Camp - Qualicum Beach

3900 Horne Lake Caves Rd
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
V9K 2L7
Websitehttp://www.hornelake.com
Toll-free888-801-WILD (9453)
Phone250-248-7829

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!

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Midnight Sun Travel - Victoria

1027 Pandora Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
V8V 3P6
Websitehttp://www.midnightsuntravel.com
Toll-free800-255-5057
Phone250-480-9409

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.

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Mount Washington Alpine Resort - Mount Washington Alpine Resort

1 Strathcona Pkwy
Mount Washington Alpine Resort, British Columbia
V9J 1L0
Websitehttp://www.mountwashington.ca
Toll-free888-833-1515
Phone250-338-1386

Mount Washington is home to one of the most spectacular coastal alpine settings in North America, with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop on one side and scenic Strathcona Park bordering the other.

In winter, Mount Washington receives a legendary 10.5 metres of annual snowfall. The resort is acknowledged as the home of Canada's deepest pile, however, it's not all about the snow! In summer, the mountain and surrounding resort community transforms itself into a major destination for mountain bikers, hikers and summer alpine enthusiasts.

Annual Snowfall SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
1100 cm 81 Easy45%Easy35%Easy20%
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