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    Hiking in British Columbia, Canada

    Hikes in British Columbia

    Beautiful British Columbia is a great place for a hiking holiday. Fly into Vancouver and from there explore everything from the rugged BC coast to the interior mountain peaks. In between, stop for a glass of wine in the vineyards of the Okanagan or some lake kayaking on one of the great lakes of the BC interior.

    BC has a little bit of everything for visitors. There are stunning coastal walks on Vancouver Island and near Vancouver, where you can also combine some sea kayaking. Surfers flock to the village of Tofino, for big waves surrounded by forests.

    In winter, BC is home to great ski resorts. Famed for the light champagne powder that falls here, you can choose world-class Whistler or any number of smaller regional resorts, all of which boast great ski terrain and wonderful, fun little towns nearby. Consider a trip ski touring or snowshoeing while in the mountains, a great way to enjoy some serenity in a busy world.

    Summer sees hikers, climbers and mountain bikers descend on the BC mountains. Famous mountain ranges, like the Island Alps, Coast Mountains, Monashees, Purcells, Selkirks and Rockies provide enormous opportunities to explore. Many of these mountains are crossed by only a single road, providing the ability to truly get off-grid and explore.

    20 Greatest Hikes in British Columbia

    British Columbia may be one of the most beautiful hiking destinations on earth! With countless options, there is something for everyone regardless of skill level, time or fitness level. From family-friendly hikes, to post-work jaunts, to epic, multi-day hikes, British Columbia has it all in terms of stunning trails.

    • Elfin Lakes: Find this popular trail within Garibaldi Provincial Park, as you traverse to two pristine lakes perfect for an alpine dip.
    • Jocelyn Hill from Caleb Pike: This underrated trail is a moderately challenging, but immensely rewarding climb. Follow the path as it undulates up and down to Holmes Peak, then steeply climbs to breathtaking Saanich Arm— our favourite spot for an epic picnic.
    • Elk Lake: This family-friendly trail weaves in and around glistening Beaver Lake for a picturesque walk. Continue through scenic and shaded woodlands before spotting stunning Elk Lake off in the distance.
    • Fry Creek Canyon: If you’re looking to hike in B.C during the shoulder season, Fry Creek Canyon is the perfect spot. Pass by beaches, canyons and forests on this unique trail hiking through varying landscapes.
    • Kokanee Glacier Cabin: This epic hike makes for a great overnight trip with older children to experience the magic of the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. Snuggle up in a cabin overnight, then spend the next day exploring the surrounding wildflower fields and wilderness.
    • Panorama Ridge Hike: Making for an ideal long day or multi-day hike, this trail will provide ridge views you’ll never forget. Prepare for lots of switchbacks, wildflower fields and alpine meadows on this unforgettable adventure.
    • Lake O'Hara All Souls Route: This is one of the standout hikes located directly in the Canadian Rocky Mountains! This circuit trail passes beautiful lakes and amazing views from the ridgeline, all kept pristine by the limited access to the trail.
    • Stawamus Chief: One of the most popular hikes in the Squamish area, this is a can’t miss hike! With multiple peaks, this trail is perfect for hikers of all skill levels and rewarding views regardless of which peak you choose to summit.
    • Mount Loki: Prepare for an incredible challenging feat at Mount Loki, the highest peak seen from the highway between Nelson and Kaslo. This mountain is only to be hiked during the summer season and offers 360 degree views as far as the eye can see.
    • Capilano River Regional Park: For an easy, but beautiful urban hike, check out Metro Vancouver's oldest park. With multiple trails spanning over the beautiful Capilano Canyon, this stroller-friendly trail makes for a quick, but adventurous day spent in nature.
    • Widgeon Falls: This epic hike starts out with a canoe or kayak paddle to reach the starting point. Widgeon Falls is especially spectacular during the fall season with leaves dazzling in brilliant colour.
    • Macbeth Icefield: Set out on an incredibly challenging, but rewarding hike traversing through forests, staircases, rockface and marshland--all with the icefield towering above.
    • Emerald Lake Circuit: Perfect for families, this quick 1-2 hour hike features a B.C. highlight-- kool-aid blue Emerald Lake. Be sure to have your camera ready, you’ll want to grab a snap or two at this picturesque spot.
    • Black Tusk: This long and arduous journey will take you up one of Whistler’s famous mountain peaks--the Black Tusk. From the top, revel in the views over Garibaldi Provincial Park and down to Garibaldi Lake.
    • Jug Island: Perfect for those with older-children (we’d avoid strollers on this one!), Jug Island offers plenty of shoreline to explore. With picturesque coves surrounding the island and a fantastic beach for a dip--this trail is an ideal summer hiking spot.
    • Brandywine Falls Hike: Those looking for a quick and easy hike in Whistler or those who are new to hiking will love this trail. In just a short walk from the parking lot, hikers can take in a cascading waterfall that feeds into Daisy Lake below.
    • Mount Finlayson: This short, but steep hike will have you sweating for a quick cardio challenge! Prepare for a bit of scramble on all fours, but that’s half of what makes this trail so fun.
    • Mt. Albert Edward: This dramatic ridge is an iconic view from Mt Washington ski hill and only the most daring hikers should take on this gargantuan mountain. Set out on a full day's climb to reach the peak, but find mesmerizing views over all of Strathcona Park.
    • Dog Mountain: This incredibly popular trail is known for its easy grade and stunning views. A win-win combination! Push onwards to the tip top of the mountain to spot Mount Baker, the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, Stanley Park and the Strait of Georgia.
    • Howe Sound Crest Trail: Arguably one of the best trails in the Vancouver area, if not all of B.C., this incredible hike takes on average two days to complete-- but it’s plenty worth it for the multiple peaks you’ll conquer.

    When is the Best Time to Hike in British Columbia

    British Columbia is beautiful across multiple seasons, but the best time for hiking is during the warmer and drier months of April through October. While trails are at their most beautiful during the summer months, they’re also often flooded with tourists. Our favourite time is the shoulder seasons, spring and fall, which offer beautiful temperatures and no crowds.

    Best Regions to Hike in British Columbia

    British Columbia is bursting with stunning locations for avid hikers to lace up their boots. Kootenay National Park is one of the locations that make up the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site and is popular for good reason. Here, you’ll find countless natural attractions that are a feast for the eyes. Squamish is easily accessible, just a skip, hop and a jump from both Vancouver and Whistler. With multiple mountain ranges, there are plenty of options for all skill levels in this adventurous town.

    If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, Strathcona Provincial Park is a hidden gem located on Vancouver Island, home to a pristine chain of mountains and lakes. And if you’re short on time or want to keep close to the big city, just East of Vancouver is the new hotspot for hiking with plenty of famed parks in close proximity. For hidden coves and beaches to watch the sunset from, the North Shore is home to stunning waterfront trails.

    Visiting B.C’s capital city? Victoria offers plenty of rugged trails. For exceptional hiking, the mountain towns of West Kootenays are a must visit. And for a lesser explored destination in the Rocky Mountains, Yoho National Park offers peace and tranquility far from the crowds.

    Other Activities in British Columbia

    British Columbia is an outdoor adventure playground, with endless opportunities to experience the natural beauty of Canada. From rock climbing to hiking, backpacking, road biking, mountain biking and horseback riding, there’s something for everyone. If you’re more into the winter sports, British Columbia is home to plenty of world-class ski resorts where you can practice everything from downhill skiing, backcountry skiing, snowboarding…or even just dabbling in the après ski life.

    British Columbia's Adventure Tours

    If you’d rather skip the headache of planning your own trip, why not let 10Adventures help? With our wide-range of tours in British Columbia, all you have to do is pack your bag—the rest is taken care of! From fresh powder ski safaris to trekking the remote rocky mountains, our 10Adventure tour options are guaranteed to be epic and worry-free.

    How to Plan a Trip to British Columbia

    Convinced you need to hit the trails in beautiful British Columbia? We’ve got you covered with our complete guides on planning a trip to B.C, outlining the best spots across the province for food and a pint (or two), cozy hotels, and fun activities to fill your day. From Squamish, to The West Kootenays, to Kananaskis Country, to Strathcona Provincial Park, to Whistler, to Yoho National Park, to Victoria—we took out all the guesswork, leaving more time for daydreaming.

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    Yoho National Park

    Lake O’Hara All Souls Route

    The All Souls Route at Lake O’Hara is one of the finest hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Crowds are kept at bay on this hike due to limited access to Lake O’Hara by bus. We love this walk!

    9.5 km
    794 m
    10 overall rating
    North Shore

    Howe Sound Crest Trail

    The Howe Sound Crest Trail (HSCT) is arguably one of the best hiking trails near Vancouver for serious hikers, stretching over 30.0 km from Cypress Bowl to Porteau Cove. Keep your hiking boots laced tight as you head over multiple summits, offering spectacular views of Howe Sound, The Lions, and the beautifully turquoise Deeks Lakes, to name a few.

    Very Hard
    30.1 km
    1,776 m
    10 overall rating

    Stawamus Chief

    For one of the most popular hikes in Squamish, try hiking up Stawamus Chief. Located within Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, The Chief provides amazing views of Howe Sound over three different summits and is a can’t miss British Columbia experience.

    6.3 km
    494 m
    10 overall rating
    East of Vancouver

    Crystal Falls

    Crystal Falls is a gentle hike following the Upper Coquitlam River, which ends at the stunning Crystal Falls waterfall on Pritchett Creek. While this is an all-year trail, summer takes this hike to the next level, with crystal clear canyon pools available for a refreshing dip.

    5.6 km
    123 m
    10 overall rating
    Fraser Valley

    Lindeman Lake Trail

    The Lindeman Lake Trail is a 3.5 km out-and-back hiking route in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park that features some rocky stretches of trail and a beautiful lake setting. After making your way through the forest and over boulder fields, you will arrive at the charming turquoise waters of Lindeman Lake that sits nestled in a scenic woodland atmosphere. The lake may be too cold for a swim, but the views are enough of an incentive to complete this short hike.

    3.5 km
    238 m
    9.9 overall rating

    Panorama Ridge Hike

    The Panorama Ridge hike will bring you up through lush forests to beautiful alpine meadows, followed by a stunning ridge with views you won't forget. This is a long day trail, but it can be easily broken up as a backpacking trip.

    Very Hard
    30.9 km
    1,810 m
    9.9 overall rating
    West Kootenays

    Macbeth Icefield

    The Macbeth Icefield hike in the West Kootenays, is the best hike for those who are after a challenging day trip. You will venture through marsh land, forest, staircases, ridgelines and rock until you reach the epic Macbeth Icefield towering above you. Enjoy a narrow waterfall that can be seen for the last few hours of the hike. Rarely visited by tourists, it is a serene and peaceful place to view the vastness of the surrounding wilderness and immerse yourself among locals who have hiked this route for many years.

    Very Hard
    13.9 km
    1,343 m
    9.8 overall rating
    Strathcona Provincial Park

    Flower Ridge

    The Flower Ridge hike starts with an arduous climb up the first half of the route. This hike then leads to a stunning, flower studded alpine ridge with fantastic views into the south end of Strathcona Provincial Park. The traverse of Flower Ridge is filled with views of the most striking peaks on Vancouver Island, including a picture-perfect view of Nine Peaks across Cream Lake.

    Very Hard
    24.7 km
    1,460 m
    No Ratings

    Keyhole Hot Springs Hike

    The hike to the Keyhole Hot Springs is a 3.9 km out-and-back route along the banks of the Lillooet River that takes hikers through a scenic stretch of forest on the way to the relaxing thermal pools. Pass through forests of massive cedar trees and cross over the rushing water of nearby streams to reward yourself with a soak in the picturesque springs. Make sure to set out on the hike early, or else you might not be able to find a spot when you arrive!

    3.9 km
    146 m
    No Ratings

    Wild Pacific Trail

    The Wild Pacific Trail is a 5.2 km out-and-back hiking route that travels along the coast in Ucluelet, BC, and provides several areas to view the scenic landscape. While the entire Wild Pacific Trail is broken up into three non-continuous sections, this stretch is the longest and follows the shoreline from Brown’s Beach to the Rocky Bluffs near the Ancient Cedars Trail. Along this route, you will have numerous opportunities to gaze out over the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and watch its relentless waves crash against the rocky shores.

    5.2 km
    77 m
    No Ratings
    Glacier National Park

    Balu Pass Trail

    The Balu Pass Trail is a lightly trafficked 11.4 km out-and-back hiking route that passes through grizzly bear territory on the way to some truly amazing alpine views. This awesome hike in Glacier National Park will have you climbing uphill through the forest before breaking out into a scenic meadow. From there, you will have sweeping views of the rugged mountains that characterize this beautiful landscape.

    11.4 km
    861 m
    No Ratings
    Mount Revelstoke National Park

    Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail

    The Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail is a short but awesome hiking loop in Mount Revelstoke National Park that will allow hikers to walk amongst massive ancient cedar trees. Along the route you will also find interpretive signs that provide information on the local flora and fauna. This is an exciting trail for families with young children to explore the beautiful rainforest landscape or as a quick pit stop to stretch your legs while driving.

    Very Easy
    0.3 km
    29 m
    No Ratings

    Grassy Knoll (T2 Peak)

    The hike up to Grassy Knoll (T2 Peak) is a quick 2.6 km out-and-back hiking route at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort that will take you up a short and scenic ridge to the summit. From here, you will have sensational views overlooking Golden and the surrounding area, including the Columbia Wetlands and the rugged Purcell Mountains. While the views on this hike seem as though they belong to some difficult-to-reach peak, the route up to Grassy Knoll is accessible and should not pose a problem to beginner hikers.

    2.6 km
    157 m
    No Ratings

    Lizard Lake Trail

    The Lizard Lake Trail is a 6.8 km out-and-back hiking route near Fernie, BC, that climbs uphill through the subalpine terrain to reach the stunning shores of the unsurprisingly lizardless lake. Although fairly overgrown, this trail is also well-trodden and distinctive enough to make navigation easy, even for casual hikers. Remember to bring bear spray and travel in groups as grizzly bear sightings are frequent along this trail.

    6.8 km
    529 m
    No Ratings
    East Kootenays

    Lussier Hot Springs

    The trail to the Lussier Hot Springs is a short 0.5 km hiking route within Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park that will take you down a gently-graded path to reach a series of relaxing thermal pools. Along the trail, you will be surrounded by a beautiful forest landscape that is only amplified when you reach the pools that are nestled along the edge of the Lussier River. This route isn’t so much a hiking trail, as it is a means to access the restorative properties of the hot springs.

    Very Easy
    0.5 km
    16 m
    No Ratings
    E.C. Manning Provincial Park

    Fat Dog Trail

    The Fat Dog Trail is a 14.8 km out-and-back route in E.C. Manning Provincial Park that is open for winter access only, operating from December-March. Because of this, the route is popular with snowshoers and cross country skiers, but can also be utilized by hikers depending on trail conditions. This amazing trail is a great option to get out into the scenic winter landscape of the park and enjoy majestic views of nearby mountains.

    14.8 km
    697 m
    No Ratings

    Panorama Mountain Village Trail

    The Panorama Mountain Village Trail is a 6.4 km hiking loop at the top of Panorama Mountain Resort near Invermere, BC, that will expose you to seriously scenic views that look out over the rugged subalpine landscape. With moderate changes in elevation and relatively easy terrain, both casual and experienced hikers will be able to utilize the trail and admire the sights of the neighbouring mountains of the Purcell Range. To reach the trailhead, hikers will need to either travel up the mountain by foot or utilize the Mile 1 chairlift.

    6.4 km
    476 m
    No Ratings
    Okanagan Valley

    Enderby Cliffs Trail

    The Enderby Cliffs Trail is an incredible hike in the Okanagan Valley! It's a fantastic half-day excursion, so pack a lot of water and snacks. especially if you're hiking in the summer heat. Get ready to wind up a steady elevation gain until you stand atop soaring cliffs. Here, you'll get a chance to walk along the ridge, providing ample opportunity to admire the views of the Shuswap River, twisting between layers of green in the valley below.

    12.9 km
    790 m
    No Ratings

    Elk Falls Loop Trail

    The Elk Falls Loop Trail is a 1.4 km lollipop hiking route in Campbell River, BC that takes you through Elk Falls Provincial Park for some amazing views over the plunging falls. Along the trail, hikers will pass through a gorgeous stretch of forest along the edge of the rushing Campbell River before arriving at a viewpoint where you can witness the violent water dropping 25 m into the moss-covered canyon below. With easy to navigate trails that are well-maintained and beautifully scenic views, this is a family-friendly adventure that everyone will be sure to love.

    Very Easy
    1.4 km
    45 m
    No Ratings

    Englishman River Falls Trail

    If you are looking for a quick and easy hiking route with amazing views near Nanaimo, then the Englishman River Falls Trail is the perfect option for a fun day of adventuring. The trail winds through the dense forests of Englishman River Falls Provincial Park and visits the rushing waters of both the upper and lower waterfalls. With well-maintained trails and an easy to navigate route, this is a fantastic hike that is suitable for hikers of all skill levels.

    Very Easy
    1.3 km
    52 m

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