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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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Dam Good Trips - Vancouver

2354 W 8th Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6K 2A9
Toll-free
Phone778-865-3597

Self-guided adventure packages for hiking, kayaking and mountain biking in BC. Get outstanding guidance without the guide. Get the trip of a lifetime without the logistics. We're with you every step of the way. We take care of the details. All you have to do is show up, enjoy and create incredible memories.

We believe that the self-guided, highly personalized trips we create offer you a unique kind of independence and flexibility. What we do best is this: match your needs with the many paddling and hiking opportunities available in BC and equip you to do it. Alone. Unguided. But well informed and advised about what challenges you will face. That's how we put our knowledge to work for you.

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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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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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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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Horne Lake Caves & Outdoor Centre - Qualicum Beach

3900 Horne Lake Caves Rd
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
V9K 2L7
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 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.

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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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Sports Rent - Victoria

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

Victoria's total sports centre, featuring quality equipment for all ages. Bicycles, surfboards and wetsuits, paddle boards, canoes, roof racks, camping gear, hiking gear, mountaineering gear, golf clubs and 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

We are a professionally licensed private tour guide & limousine service offering luxury transportation in a 7 passenger SUV for sightseeing tours in & around Victoria, Vancouver Island, Vancouver & all of British Columbia. All sightseeing tours may be customized to your requests!

We specialize in guided hikes and kayaking in Victoria and the surrounding area. Kayaks & paddle board rentals available, delivered to you at local beaches and lakes within the vicinity of Victoria.

Victoria airport & BC ferries service available for reasonable rates with pick up from your Victoria hotel, cruise ship, downtown ferry or sea plane terminal. Arrangements can also be made for pick ups in Vancouver and Calgary, AB.

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Tofino Sea Kayaking - Tofino

320 Main St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free800-TOFINO-4 (863-4664)
Phone250-725-4222

Tofino's original kayaking company, our Kayak Centre has been providing daily sea kayaking tours and rentals, since 1988. Join us on one of our daily paddling tours & explore the breathtaking beauty of Clayoquot Sound. No experience necessary as all tours begin with an introductory lesson and are lead by our highly experienced & knowledgeable guides. Our waterfront deck is a favorite spot to enjoy an espresso and locally made goodies. Pick up books & supplies for the west coast lifestyle.

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