Best Hiking Trails in British Columbia June 24, 2019 – Posted in: Lifestyle
British Columbia (B.C.) is known for its rugged, natural beauty. If you believe life is meant to be lived outdoors, then Canada’s westernmost province is the place for you. Out west, hiking is a great way to explore B.C.’s beauty. From temperate rainforests to mountain peaks and everything in between, B.C. has something to offer all hikers, no matter their level of expertise.
Here are three of the best hiking trails B.C. has to offer.
If you are new to hiking, or want to take the entire family along for an afternoon jaunt in the sunshine, a hike to Admiralty Point is a great place to start. Located in Belcarra Regional Park, about a 50 minute drive east of Vancouver, this hike is an easy trail with little elevation.
It offers wonderful views of Deep Cove, Mount Seymour and Burnaby Mountain, among other sights. Once you’ve reached Admiralty Point, take in the beautiful North Shore Mountains while listening to the water below.
This is a scenic escape not far from the city.
Elfin Lakes Trail – Garibaldi Provincial Park
If you are more adventurous and experienced, there are plenty of tougher hiking trails to explore. The Elfin Lakes Trail, located in Garibaldi Provincial Park just south of Whistler, is a great step up if you want more of a challenge.
The first four kilometers of this 23 km hike are quite steep. Once you pass through a meadow of red heathers (a beautiful pink plant native to the region) you’ll reach a stunning waterfall—an excellent place to stop. You’ll be able to take in the mountain views as you gently descend towards Elfin Lake, a placid spot surrounded by mountains, and a popular camping spot.
This trail is open all-year round, but it does get busy in the summer.
Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
The awe-inspiring Juan de Fuca Marine Trail offers something for everyone, from novices to more advanced hikers. Located about two-and-a-half hours northwest of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, the trail is an amazing way to see some of British Columbia’s pristine beauty.
A day hike to Botanical Beach to gawk at the tidal pools teeming with marine life is a great way to spend the day.
For intermediate and advanced hikers, there are 47 km of trail hugging the island’s western shoreline to explore. Lose yourself in the beauty of towering old growth forests while being sprayed by ocean waves. But remember to be careful and take precautions as bears and cougars have been spotted along the trail.
Hiking British Columbia
There’s a reason people rave about Western Canada’s beauty. It has so much to offer and hiking is just one way to experience its nature and enjoy a gorgeous coastline. Be sure to keep yourself warm and comfortable on those hikes with clothing from Somewon, a collectively-owned clothing line that represents the province’s passion for outdoor life and living!