Best Backpacking in Canada

Looking for the best backpacking in Canada? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Canada. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Dawn to Dusk in Banff National Park

    This is a micro adventure in one of the world’s most desired National Parks. The common excuse for those who tend to skip the great outdoors is lack of time. This one day adventure is an example that you can cram a lot into a day! Dawn: Sunrise hi...

    6.8 miles

  • Backpack to Panorama Ridge

    Take the Sea to Sky Highway (HWY 99) north from Vancouver up towards Whistler. Turn off the highway about 30 minutes before Whistler Village onto Daisy Lake Road. There are signs along the highway indicating the Garibaldi Lake turn off. The trailh...

    18.8 miles

  • Backpack to Lake Lovely Water

    This adventure is one of the best kept secrets in the Whistler area, let alone, British Columbia. The trailhead for Lake Lovely Water is located on the west side of the Squamish River. There is no road access to the trailhead so you need to cross ...

    8 miles 3840 ft gain

  • Hike the Plain of Six Glaciers

    Starting from the parking lot on the east end of Lake Louise, there are a few options you can take to get to the Plain of Six Glaciers. One is to head directly along the lakeshore trail, and in about 7 km (4.2 miles) you will be at the lookout off...

    4.2 miles 1263.1 ft gain

  • Hike and Camp at Garibaldi Lake

    Garibaldi Lake is a huge basin of beautiful turquoise water measuring almost 10 square kilometers (2460 acres), and located at nearly 5000ft above sea level. The lake is over 800 feet deep, filled with pristine glacial water. You’ll be surrounded ...

  • Hike to the Lake Agnes Teahouse

    Towering peaks, glaciated valleys and crystal clear water draws thousands of visitors a year to the shores of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. A short hike takes you beyond the crowds up to Lake Agnes, in a beautiful valley surrounded by jagged...

    5 miles 1300 ft gain

  • Backpack to Berg Lake

    Mount Robson Provincial Park is vast and surrounded by the Canadian Rockies with an area of 2,249 km². If you want to experience the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies you've gotta check out Mount Robson. From the parking lot to Berg Lake is...

    24 miles 2591.9 ft gain

  • Backpack Mount Assiniboine: Sunshine Village to Mount Shark

    This trek specifically covers the distance from Sunshine Village to Mount Shark. You will need a car at Mt. Shark, as there are no shuttles from that location to Canomre or any local areas. Otherwise, you can try to hitch a ride back – your best b...

    34.6 miles 3494.1 ft gain

  • Hike Panorama Ridge

    It's pretty much impossible to declare one place around Whistler BC 'the best scenic hike' but this one has got to be in the top five! If you want to get a look at some of the most spectacular and unique landmarks in the Sea to Sky area, hiking to...

    33 miles 5000 ft gain

  • Explore Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

    Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site sequestered 27 km from the nearest road. We took a helicopter in, and hiked out . You can also hike both ways, but the hiking once you are there is more amazing than on the way in. ...

  • Hiking the Howe Sound Crest Trail

    Distance: 18 miles / 29 kms.Duration: 1 - 3 DaysElevation Gain: 6000 ft. / 1800 m.Magnesia Meadows: 49.483708, -123.190377The Howe Sound Crest Trail (HSCT) is one of the most epic hiking trips one can do in the Vancouver area. The trail is entirel...

    18 miles 6000 ft gain

  • Hike to Joffre Lakes

    Joffre Lakes is a well loved destination, and for good reason: it is absolutely stunning. Not only is it located on one of the most scenic drives you could ever hope to find (Duffy Lake Road) , but it's possible to enjoy this area no matter how mu...

    6.2 miles 1200 ft gain