Backpacking is all about balance – keeping your pack weight low while still ensuring you have everything you need to be self sufficient and comfortable in the backcountry. This post features a comprehensive multi-day packing guide detailing every single item to bring on a short backpacking trip.
There’s nothing quite like walking through a rainbow coloured field of alpine wildflowers in midsummer. Experience this yourself on the approachable Trophy Meadows Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park. With the parking lot being situated at 1700m, most of the elevation is gained before even stepping onto the trail.
The best hikes aren’t always the longest ones, as proven by the Jumbo Pass Trail near Kaslo, British Columbia. There’s only 5km of distance between the parking lot and Jumbo Pass itself, yet the reward is immense – a beautiful subalpine landscape, backdropped by huge peaks and glaciers. Here’s what you need to know.
Waterfall chasers rejoice! Whether you’re looking to add something special to your itinerary or plan a waterfall focused adventure, this post will help you locate the best Vancouver Island waterfalls.
Winter hiking can be intimidating. Heading out in the snow, ice, and below-zero temperatures requires careful preparation to stay warm, safe, and comfortable. But here’s the good news: you don’t need to stop hiking when the snow arrives. Here are some winter hiking tips to get you started!
The 35km long Nootka Trail offers a wild coastal backpacking experience on what feels like the edge of the Earth. Discover more about the Nootka Trail, with our own five day trip report and comprehensive hiking guide.
Hiking the West Coast Trail is a once in a lifetime experience for many. With this in mind as well as the remote location and logistics required to get there, most WCT hikers arrive with a plan. This post features 12+ West Cost Trail itineraries, designed to inspire and inform your own trip planning.
Every year, reservations for the West Coast Trail disappear within minutes. The great news is that there are so many amazing alternative coastal BC backpacking trails to enjoy! Here are eight of the best WCT alternatives.
Striking McIntyre Bluff rises 300m above beautiful Vaseux Lake, providing awesome panoramic views of vineyards, orchards and arid lands to those who take the time to hike it. It’s a must do Okanagan Valley trail!
Famed for rugged, untouched coastal scenery, the West Coast Trail is a legendary 5-8 day backpacking experience. But this wilderness setting does mean that the West Coast Trail (WCT) is somewhat tricky to access. This post will explain everything you need to know about West Coast Trail transportation to plan your ideal hike!
The West Coast Trail is one of Canada’s most iconic hiking trails. The demanding 75km journey along Vancouver Island’s rugged coastline traverses windswept sandy beaches, gnarled old growth forest, slippery boulder fields, surge channels and tidal pools. This comprehensive guide will help you prepare to hike the legendary West Coast Trail.
The West Coast Trail is one of Canada’s most iconic hiking trails. Most hikers spend 6-8 days traversing the challenging 75km long trail, camping at their choice of 13 designated campgrounds. In this post, I’ll share the lowdown on each and every West Coast Trail campground, as well as other accommodation options.
Looking for the perfect gift for an hiker? As regular hikers and ex-outdoor store managers we have you covered! Here are our top picks for the best gifts for hikers, with budget, midrange and luxury options.
Crossing the Cascade Mountains by foot has been made possible with the restored 74km Hudson’s Bay Company Heritage Trail (1849) from Hope to Tulameen, British Columbia. The reinstatement of this historical trail enables hikers to step into the footsteps of First Nation and European traders.
The Heather Trail is one of British Columbia’s premier backpacking paths, offering huge rewards for relatively little effort. Featuring sweeping mountain views, vibrant wildflower meadows, great camping facilities and minimal elevation gain, it’s the ideal destination for a first time backpacking trip.
The Rim Trail is one of British Columbia’s best one-day hikes. Stunning vistas, interesting rock formations, azure lakes, moderate difficulty hiking and the potential to see mountain goats….what more could you want?
The Iceline, Yoho National Park’s signature hiking trail, showcases breathtaking alpine panoramas, spectacular waterfalls and lush subalpine meadows. It’s a true feast for the eyes, especially if you love glaciers and snow capped mountains. For all these reasons and more, we rate the Iceline Trail as one of British Columbia’s best day hikes.
Part of Monashee Provincial Park, Spectrum Lake is an ideal first time or family backpacking destination. The trail is short (just 6km one way), the difficulty low and the reward satisfying. This post shares everything you need to know about hiking to Spectrum Lake, as a day hike or backpacking trip!
The Enderby Cliffs Trail (also known as the Tplaqin Trail) offers one of the most impressive hiking experiences in the northern Okanagan. The path climbs 700m from the valley floor through a shady forest to the top of towering cliffs, rewarding hikers with spectacular, sweeping views of a patchwork of farmland as well as mountains, rivers and lakes.
Merritt is situated at the crossroads of some of British Columbia’s busiest highways and acts as a gateway into the interior. But Merritt is more than a gas stop. This post features 12 Merritt hiking trails, all of which are accessible within only 30 minutes drive of downtown.