Located in Canada, the hiking in British Columbia offers over fifteen hikes. The best British Columbia hiking based on popularity are considered to be West Coast Trail, Sea-To-Sky Trail, Quartz Lake Trail, Black Tusk Trail, and Dawn Mountain Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a British Columbia hiking trail below.
The rugged West Coast Trail winds 47 miles along the remote Pacific coastline of Vancouver Island. While in this temperate rainforest, be prepared for unusual river fords, and crossings via pully cars and rope bridges. The entire route is a five to seven day trek with slippery, muddy, rocky trail conditions. This difficult trail is not recommended for children under twelve years old.
Northwest of Victoria, the 29 mile Juan De Fuca Marine Trail traverses the coastline above the Juan De Fuca Strait meandering from forest to beach. Both gaiters and gortex gear are recommended, and be ready for mud! The southern hiking trailhead is near China Beach and the northern terminus is in Botanical Beach Provincial Park near Port Renfrew.
Northwest of Golden in the Purcell Mountains, the trek up to Mummy Glacier is a 6km out and back through beautiful Cedar Hemlock. The route out climbs to the edge of the glacier and onto a lateral morraine above.
North of Spokane, Rossland has become a hiking mecca due to hectic gold boom in the late 1800's. The result of this boom is an extensive network of mining and logging trails, including the Dewdney Trail (15 miles), Neptune/Oasis (15 miles), Doukhobour Draw (9 miles) and the Whiskey Trail (7 miles).
East of Vancouver, the 9,258 hectare Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park has miles of hiking trails to explore. There are three main trails at this park. Greendrop Lake, Flora Lake and Radium Lake trails share the same trailhead at the Post Creek Parking Lot. Greendrop Lake is 10.4 km return and Flora Lake is 14 km return. The Radium Lake trailhead (16 km return) is accessible from the Chilliwack Lake campground.
North of McBride near Valemount, the Kakwa Provincial Park has numerous hiking trails, but they aren't marked or maintained. Along the routes, you may encounter both grizzly and black bears, along with moose and elk. The trails provide access to 12 walk-in campsites.
West of Prince George and northeast of Vanderhoof, the Waterlily Nature Trails are a variety of easy to moderate trail loops. The trails are divided into seven loops ranging from 1.2 to 11.9 km in length. All trails are blazed with orange markers. For one of the longer routes, try the Moose Mountain Mainline trail (5.35km) to the Moose Mountain Geodetic Survey Marker.
West of Prince George and south of Vanderhoof, the Sinkut Mountain route is a 5.6km one-way hiking trek. This is a moderate to difficult uphill walking for 2.7 km up a rough road to the forest lookout tower.