Hiking The Valenciennes Canyon

The 8th most popular hiking trail in British Columbia.

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Northwest of Golden in the Purcell Mountains, this 3km one-way trail follows the Valenciennes River into a wild, deep canyon. There are beautiful wildflowers in May and June. To reach the hiking trailhead from Golden, head west on the TransCanada Highway #1 for 26km. Turn onto the Bush River Forest Service Road to the 109km point and park at the Valenciennes River Recreation Site.

Overall, Valenciennes Canyon is the 8th most popular hiking trail of all 18 hikes in British Columbia. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Valenciennes Canyon including Dawn Mountain Trail, Quartz Lake Trail, Mummy Glacier, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Yoho National Park and Mt. MacPherson.


Local Contact(s):  Kicking Horse (888) 706-1117; Golden Tourism (250) 344-7155; Columbia Forest (250) 344-7500; BC Visitors (800) 435-5622; Selkirk Sports (250) 344-2966.

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Mary s Motel (250) 344-7111

Luxury Loding:  Alpine Meadows Lodge (250) 344-5863; Kapristo Lodge (250) 344-6048

Breakfast Restaurant:  Turning Point; Norbert & Doris Bakery Cafe

Reference Source:  click here http://www.gov.bc.ca/for/

Date Published:  12/30/2015

Date Updated:  6/26/2016

ID:  11472


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