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

Top Hiking Spots in and near British Columbia

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia

    Hike to Mystery Lake

    4.0
    3.1 mi / 492.1 ft gain
    From the Mt. Seymour ski area parking lot, head towards the Mystery Peak Express. Once you have passed the base of the Mystery Peak Express, you will continue up the trail to your left (right goes to dog mountain, straight to the 3 peaks of Seymour). Follow the trail all the way up to the lake. T...
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  • Comox-Strathcona D, British Columbia

    King's Peak Trail

    5.0
    9.23 mi / 5512 ft gain
    Our trip, as pictured, was completed as a single-day trail run / hustle. The climb is typically done, however, as a weekend trip with a camp either in the lower meadow, along the ridge leading to the Queen's Face or in the upper cirque. As for climbs in the Island Alpine, for detailed route desc...
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  • Nanaimo F, British Columbia

    Hike Little Qualicum River and Falls

    4.3
    0.6 mi
    Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park is just off the #4 highway on your way out to Port Alberni. Simply look for the signs indicating Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, and you will turn into the park before Cameron Lake.Easily accessible by everyone, this park can get busy in the summer mon...
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  • Comox-Strathcona C, British Columbia

    Century Sam Lake

    4.0
    3.62 mi / 1342 ft gain
    The next time you have the opportunity, I recommend you pay Century Sam Lake a visit. This short day hike complete with a spectacular emerald green lake, towering rock cliffs and summer snow caves make this a 'must do' for mid Island adventurers. This day hike is a well kept secret – and often...
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  • Field, British Columbia

    Hike to the Opabin Prospect

    5.0
    2.5 mi / 820 ft gain
    Located in Yoho National Park, Lake O'Hara is said to be the crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies (rightly so!). Callum Snape has described a bit of the process on what it takes to gain access to Lake O'Hara at this post here. Once you arrive at Lake O'Hara, either at the lodge or at the neighbori...
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  • D'Arcy, British Columbia

    Seton Lake Lookout

    4.8
    0.78 mi / 259 ft gain
    On highway 99 (Duffy Lake Road) just outside of Lillooet there is Seton Lake which is so very picturesque in its own way. It's turquoise coloured and surrounding it are cliffs and desert-like mountains. To get to the stunning view point there is a big pull out just before the last switch back on...
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  • Field, British Columbia

    Hike the Emerald Lake Circuit

    5.0
    3.2 mi
    Emerald Lake is without a doubt one of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies and is the jewel (see what I did there...) of Yoho National Park. The circuit surrounding the lake allows great opportunities for pictures and views from all sides.Getting there: Just west of Field, BC turn of...
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  • East Kootenay F, British Columbia

    Hike to Jumbo Pass

    6 mi / 2200 ft gain
    From Invermere, British Columbia, head West towards Panorama Ski Area on Toby Creek Forest Service Road. At the turnoff for the bridge that heads towards Panorama, set your trip odometer to 0. At a fork in the road at about 12 miles, stay right on Jumbo Creek Road. In another mile, stay left. At ...
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  • East Kootenay G, British Columbia

    Hike to Lake of Hanging Glaciers

    5.0
    Do you like rushing rivers, impressive waterfalls, serene forests and massive glaciers? How about glacier fed lakes, epic mountains and starry nights to boot? This is it, all of it in one place.Beginning at the trailhead 50km west of Radium in British Columbia, this 16km hike runs over and around...
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  • East Kootenay G, British Columbia

    Hiking in Marble Canyon

    1.2 mi
    Marble Canyon is easily accessible off of the 93S in Kootenay National Park between Banff and Radium.This is a really beautiful area and a nice easy walk for the family with some beautiful scenery to go along with it. Make a visit here in August when the the Fireweed is at its prime, lining the f...
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  • Port Renfrew, British Columbia

    Hike to Mystic Beach

    5.0
    Head west from Victoria along Highway 14 past Sooke and Jordan River until you see the Juan De Fuca Marine Trail - China Creek trailhead about 5km past Jordan River on the West Coast Road. Ample signage, parking, and outhouses are available here.The trail taking you to Mystic Beach is just one s...
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  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia

    Hiking Golden Ears Trail

    14.9 mi / 4921.3 ft gain
    Golden Ears is well known to those in the Lower Mainland. After staring at the jagged 'ears' from all angle, I finally got to see them up close and in-person. The West Canyon Trail is a gentle 5.5 kilometers on a well groomed path, lined with deciduous trees making it a perfect place to watch the...
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  • Whistler, British Columbia

    Hike to the Black Tusk Lookout Point

    5.0
    18.6 mi / 5700 ft gain
    The Black Tusk is a distinctive landmark just south of Whistler (the remnants of an old volcano). There is nothing else like it, and it is visible from all over the Sea to Sky area.Depending on your experience and fitness level, you can either: climb right to the top of the Tusk (expert hiking/sc...
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  • West Vancouver, British Columbia

    Hike to Cypress Falls in West Vancouver

    4.0
    3.1 mi / 400 ft gain
    Drive the the end of Woodgreen Pl in West Vancouver, and you will pass the tennis courts on your right. You will see a little dirt road that heads up into the woods on your left - drive up this road ~30 feet into the parking lot. From the Parking lot, hike up the trail beside cypress creek (this ...
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  • North Vancouver, British Columbia

    Hike Mount Seymour to First Peak

    4.0
    The elevation gain to first peak is approximately 451m and is about 9km.There are several ways to get to the top, each trail is marked well. One way is to follow the ski run up to brockton point and then take the turn off to Mount Seymour. Do not follow the Elsay Lake trail as it's signifciantly ...
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  • Whistler, British Columbia

    Hike to Little Diamond Head

    22 mi / 5900 ft gain
    Given the total distance and cumulative elevation gain of this hike, I would suggest a good level of fitness to reach the summit. The trail does not have any technical challenges and the elevation gain is gradual. The final kick up to the summit involves some loose scree and minor exposure depend...
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