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

Vancouver Island

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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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Mount Washington Alpine Resort - Mount Washington Alpine Resort

1 Strathcona Pkwy
Mount Washington Alpine Resort, British Columbia
V9J 1L0
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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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve - Ucluelet

2185 Ocean Terrace Rd
Ucluelet, British Columbia
V0R 3A0
Toll-free
Phone250-726-4212

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. Please check our website for pricing information.

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Sea Kayak Adventures - Courtenay

520 4th St
Courtenay, British Columbia
V9N 1H2
Toll-free800-616-1943
Phone208-765-3116

Fully catered guided sea kayaking & whale watching tours in British Columbia's Johnstone Strait (home to Robson Bight - the world's only orca preserve) & God's Pocket Provincial Park, northern Vancouver Island, since 1996. Our paddling tours in heart of whale territory allow you to maximize chances of seeing orcas & whales & explore the turquoise waters of several islands. Novice kayakers welcome - no prior experience is necessary. We use top of the line Seaward kayaks, whip up memorable gourmet food & provide all gear & kayak instruction needed.

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Sports Rent - Victoria

1950 Government St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4N8
Toll-free
Phone250-385-7368

Victoria's complete sports rental centre, featuring quality equipment for all ages. Bicycles, surfboards & wetsuits, paddleboards, canoes, roof racks, camping gear, hiking gear, mountaineering gear, golf clubs & tennis racquets. All products are serviced before each rental. Seasonal used equipment sales, plus new skis, bicycles, backpacks,wetsuits & surfboards and more for sale at discounted prices. With 25 years in business, we can set you up with most items required to enjoy the fabulous adventure areas that coastal Vancouver Island has to offer. Contact one of our enthusiastic staff today for help starting your next adventure.

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Surfside Adventure Tours & Private Tour Guide - Victoria

Toll-free
Phone250-891-7792

I am a professionally licensed private tour guide & limousine service operating out of Victoria. I offer luxury transportation in a 7 passenger SUV for sightseeing tours in & around Victoria, Vancouver Island, Vancouver & all of British Columbia. All sightseeing tours may customized to your requests! I specialize in guided hikes & kayaking in Victoria and the surrounding area. I rent kayaks & paddle boards as well. We deliver them to you at local beaches & lakes within the vicinity of the city of Victoria. I offer Victoria airport & BC ferries service for reasonable rates. Free pick up any where in Victoria hotels, cruise ships & downtown ferries or sea planes. Arrangements can be made to to pick up in Vancouver or Calgary Ab.

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