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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We offer some of the best wilderness adventures in British Columbia. Hiking, canoe, river rafting, & kayaking trips for beginners & experienced adventurers. Trips range from 6 to 12 days. In business since 1988.
Hikes include the West Coast Trail, Canada's top-rated hiking trip, & the historic Chilkoot Trail where we follow in the footsteps of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rushers. Sea kayaking tours on Vancouver Island include the Orcas of Johnstone Strait, & the sea otters of Nuchatlitz. Our canoe adventure is to the world famous Bowron Lakes, Canada's quintessential lake canoe experience. Our Tatshenshini River rafting in Northern BC is rated #1 in the world by National Geographic.
Expeditions include transportation from the point of origin, major equipment, food, meal preparation, professional guides, & safety items.
Irie Adventure Tours specializes in guiding hiking and ski trips. Offering 2 signature guided trips: The West Coast Trail (summer) and The RCR Trifecta (winter); Irie Adventure Tours is your #1 choice for any of your adventure needs across the province of BC. Irie Adventure Tours can also create custom trips and charter transportation to suit the needs of any small group, family or company .
With offices located in both Vancouver and Kimberley, Irie Adventure Tours offers top of the line vehicles as well as fully certified, experienced and knowledgeable guides to show you all the activities, sights and beauty that BC has to offer.
For a truly unique and amazing experience come and see the BC we see!
Nimmo Bay, British Columbia
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.
1742 Harris Road
Squamish, British Columbia
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.
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.
1212 Main Street
Squamish, British Columbia
Hike the natural wonders of British Columbia!
Visit the moss drenched rainforest, glacier clad mountains, sparkling blue lakes & wild Pacific beaches that make this province so naturally spectacular.
We offer guided hiking trips and multi-day adventure tours focused on the natural wonders of this amazing province. From the Sea to Sky Country (between Vancouver and Whistler) to the Chilcotins and over to Vancouver Island we offer some of the most incredible scenic hiking tours out there, including the world famous West Coast Trail.
Come join us on a small group adventure in nature's wonderland.
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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!
3730 Fairwinds Dr
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
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.
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Course Designer: Les Furber
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.
3900 Horne Lake Caves Rd
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Crystal clear water, amazing caves & spectacular scenery make Horne Lake one of the best camping & adventure destinations on Vancouver Island. Horne Lake Caves was rated #1 Attraction by TripAdvisor. 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 Fossil Geology Hikes to family-oriented cavern tours or the popular 3hr. Spelunking Adventure featuring ancient fossils & amazing crystal formations. For more challenge, you can self-guide two rugged caves or push it to the limits on the "Extreme" expeditions - rappelling down a seven-storey underground waterfall! Build your skills on the 2 hr. Vertical Rappel sessions descending natural rock outdoors. Spectacular lakefront camping right next door.