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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Nimmo Bay, British Columbia
Located at the base of Mt. Stevens, in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort exists at a different vibration that the rest of the world. Accessible only by helicopter, float plane or boat, Nimmo Bay offers something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned angler or have never touched a rod, our "Heli-Fishing" adventure is for you; our "Helicopter Adventures" is for people of all ages who are looking to explore 50,000 square miles of extraordinary wilderness-old growth forests, white sand beaches, hot springs & more. Our yoga & wellness activities will leave you recharged, relaxed & renewed.
37977 Fourth Ave
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.
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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.
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.
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 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!
1027 Pandora Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
We provide inspiring & authentic outdoor holiday tours of Canada for the leisure traveller. If you have dreamed of exploring natural settings in Canada apart from mainstream tourism, then Midnight Sun Adventure Travel's vacations of the Rocky Mountains, Vancouver Island & Haida Gwaii will capture your heart and imagination.
New for 2013 is our 28 day Canada West Safari composed of four separate legs with optional city breaks in between - a great tool for customizing your vacation to western Canada.
Activities & tour themes include easy hiking, wildlife viewing, train travel, family travel, marine explorations, kayaking and sightseeing.
1824 Store St
Victoria, British Columbia
Ocean River Adventures has been "getting you out there" for over 30 years & it has never been easier or so much fun - we were even voted the best Kayak School in western Canada by Sea Kayaker Magazine!
Tour options with a certified guide include: Harbour kayak tours - 3 hrs; Discovery Island kayak tours- 6 hrs; & Discovery Island Hiking tours - 3 1/2 hrs. Custom Tours & instruction offered upon request.
Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard rentals are available from downtown Victoria.
Open 7 days a week, the Ocean River Sports outdoor retail store is a must-visit for quality outdoor clothing & gear.
2185 Ocean Terrace Rd
Ucluelet, British Columbia
The 3 units of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve; Long Beach, the West Coast Trail & Broken Group Islands protect the near shore waters & coastal forest of Vancouver Island's West Coast. The traditional territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations encompass this park reserve. Each unit of the park offers a unique experience; Long Beach is famous for its long sandy beaches & rainforest trails. The Broken Group Islands are an archipelago of more than a hundred islands & islets in Barkley Sound. The West Coast Trail is a challenging 75 km historic hiking route along sandstone cliffs, waterfalls & beaches. For pricing information, please check our website, pc.gc.ca/pacrim.