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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

  • Victoria, British Columbia

    Hike to Jocelyn Hill

    4.0
    5.75 mi / 1499 ft gain
    Gowlland Tod is a beautiful park, running along the Finlayson Arm fjord. Jocelyn hill is in the middle of the park, and can be accessed from the Caleb Pike access at the South end (along the Ridge trail) or from the McKenzie Bight access at the North end (along the Timberman trail). With planning...
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  • Central Kootenay H, British Columbia

    Hike to Gwillim Lakes

    5.0
    The trail to Gwillum Lakes is a must do when in the West Kootenay. It's iconic with the locals for being one of the best day hike or overnight camp trips in the region. A 6km hike through true wilderness rewards you with an alpine meadow dotted with small lakes perfect for swimming in and camping...
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  • North Vancouver, British Columbia

    Hike and Camp on Mt. Seymour

    From the end of the parking lot next to the BC Parks sign board, walk towards the ski run and follow it uphill to a green sign on the left. The first trail goes to Dog Mountain, another scenic and shorter hike then Mount Seymour. Instead, follow the trail that heads uphill and parallel to the ski...
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  • Port Alberni, British Columbia

    Hike to Hole in the Wall

    4.3
    0.6 mi / 0 ft gain
    The Hole in The Wall is located just outside the city of Port Alberni, British Columbia. The day hike is easy enough to bring kids on the adventure, is dog friendly and offers a beautiful view of some of Port Alberni's history. Previous to the 1960's, the Hole In The Wall was the opening for a pi...
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  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia

    Camp in Golden Ears Provincial Park

    11.2 mi / 3937 ft gain
    Backcountry permits are required to camp on Panorama Ridge ($5) and can be paid online.The trailhead is located at the West Canyon Parking lot. The trail starts out on a relatively flat old logging road. The trail slowly gains elevation over three kilometers taking you through thick green forest ...
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  • Whistler, British Columbia

    Backpack to Russet Lake

    4.0
    Russet Lake is a beautiful alpine lake at the base of Fissile Peak in the backcountry of Garibaldi Provincial Park. This trip is well suited for two nights but can be accomplished in a full day without a pack.Your starting point is Whistler Village Gondola, then up the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to the ...
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  • Anmore, British Columbia

    Backpack the Dilly Dally Loop

    15.5 mi / 3800 ft gain
    This hike begins near the parking lot of Buntzen Lake. The trailhead will read "Halvor Lunden Trail,” named after the man who made it. This part of the trail is well marked, however as you continue along the loop it gets less and less worn, making things more difficult, but also more natural.The ...
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  • Duncan, British Columbia

    Explore the Kinsol Trestle

    4.0
    1.6 mi
    The Kinsol Trestle is a highlight of the Cowichan Valley Trail, which travels from Shawnigan Lake to Lake Cowichan and then onward to Duncan. The trestle is easily reached via a 1.3km, wheelchair accessible section of the CVT from the trailhead on Renfew Road. Originally built in 1911 for the r...
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  • Tofino, British Columbia

    Hike Lone Cone

    4.1 mi / 2400 ft gain
    The trailhead for Lone Cone is located on Meares Island, accessible by water taxi ($40 return). Some choose to rent kayaks and paddle to the trailhead. The dock for the water taxi is located at the end of Main St.49°09’12.8”N 125°54’40.5”WThe water taxi is roughly 15 minutes and travels across th...
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  • Port Renfrew, British Columbia

    Hiking the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

    5.0
    29.2 mi
    This is no walk on the beach. There are many ascents and descents that range from not so steep to hold on for your life as the mud cliff crumbles steep. You might think 200m of elevation gain isn't much, but it is a constant ascend and descend trail in the moderate-difficult sections.A high level...
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  • Bowen Island, British Columbia

    Hike to Mt. Strachan

    4.0
    3.7 mi / 1804.5 ft gain
    On November 23, 1963, the world was faltered by the news of John F. Kennedy’s assassination (the previous day). Vancouver was dealing with it's own tragedy; a military plane crash in the North Shore Mountains. The hike to Mt. Strachan gives you the opportunity to visit the crash site.The Mount St...
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  • Comox-Strathcona D, British Columbia

    Exploring Myra Falls

    5.0
    0.6 mi
    These beautiful falls are just a short and easy 500 metre stroll from the parking lot, making this one of the more family-friendly hikes in the area. Located at the end of the trail are the 75 metre cascading falls and spectacular views of Buttle Lake.Located approximately 1 1/2 hours north of th...
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  • Squamish-Lillooet, British Columbia

    Climb Mt. Garibaldi

    12.5 mi / 4350 ft gain
    Duration: 2 DaysClosed Gate (described below): 49.831834, -123.088424Camp Ground: 49.855926, -123.016797 Driving north from Vancouver along the Sea to Sky Highway (HWY 99) pass through Squamish. Turn right on to Cat Lake Road (Cheekye FSR).49°48’52.6”N 123°07’25.5”W From here the route becomes ...
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  • Port Renfrew, British Columbia

    Explore Botanical Beach

    5.0
    1 mi
    This is a gorgeous beach with so much going on. It's a quick walk from the parking lot (about .8 miles), or you can do the entire Botanical Beach Loop which is 3.5km. Go at low tide for amazing tidal pools and exploring caves if the tide is at its lowest. You can beach hop and climb up to some...
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  • Field, British Columbia

    Canoe Emerald Lake

    4.3
    2 mi
    Beat the crowd at Moraine Lake and paddle Emerald Lake instead! This lake is a must for any Banff/Yoho explorer. It's an easy drive off HWY 1 but stop at the Natural Bridge along the way. There's a restaurant, Cilantro, inside the lodge with a patio along the shore. Canoe rentals are around $90 ...
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  • Central Kootenay H, British Columbia

    Hike to Gimli Ridge

    The hike to Gimli Ridge is one of only two hikes in the Valhallas that reach up to the alpine area. It provides stunning scenery of the surrounding range, and an intimate experience with the huge monolith that is Gimli Peak.The trail steadily climbs elevation. From the trailhead, Gimli seems dece...
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