BC residents are lucky to have ocean views, short winters, and plenty of mountains, making it the perfect place for people who love to hike. Whether you are new to hiking or have been participating for years, our list below offers hikes of varying difficulty located all over BC.

Diez Vistas and Lake Buntzen Loop

Difficult

Located in Anmore BC, Lake Buntzen is a 15km hike for adventurous folk. A loop around Lake Buntzen including many great viewpoints, users are directed to start at the South Beach on the Buntzen Lake Trail going East until you hit the North Beach and divert into the Diez Vista trail. This is a tough hike with many steep sections, and the path can vary from tree roots, soil and gravel. It is a good idea to be prepared with hiking boots, poles, water, and a map for this trail as it can be difficult.

With snowshoes you can hike this mountain in the winter, but if you are planning to go in the summer get there early! The parking area can get busy quickly.

Parkhurst Ghost Town

Easy

Located near Whistler, the Parkhurst Ghost Town Loop is a 7.7km moderate hike. The trail is located in a former logging settlement on the shores of Green Lake. It was founded in the 1920’s but abandoned since the 1960s, and has been left littered with interesting artifacts like old buildings, cars, and more!

Happiest Outdoors has a great post about how to find the hidden gems in this hike, click here for more information!

Whistler Trainwreck Millar Creek Trail

Easy

In the 1950’s a train going through Whistler was derailed, and on this trail it has sat since. At a length of 5.8km, this trail is a very popular hiking and running spot, and offers great views of the Cheakamus River. This trail features a suspension bridge and a waterfall, and on leash dogs are permitted. There is another entry closer to the site of the train crash, making the walk to the wreck only 2.5km.

Castle Towers

Difficult

Located near Whistler at Garibaldi Park, the Castle Towers hike is a 35 km multi day hike for experienced hikers. There are camping spots along the trail if you choose to stay, rocky areas, and plenty of breathtaking views that make the climb worth it.

Kanaka Creek

Easy

Located in the Maple Ridge, Kanaka Creek park is a great place for some easy hikes! The Kanaka Creek Canyon Trail is 3.7km long, and features stairs, a bridge, a creek and a waterfall. There is access to the creek if you have a dog or children who would like to cool off. It is a popular trail so chances of spotting wildlife are very low, and on leash dogs are allowed on the trail.

Cheam Peak

Difficult

Located near Popkum, Bridal Veil Park is full of lovely trails. The Cheam Peak trail is 8.4km hike, but requires a good 4×4 vehicle with ground clearance to make the drive up. On the way down you can add Lady Peak to the south, but it is another trail with added difficulty and distance.

Helmcken Falls Rim Trail

Easy

Located near Kamloops at Wells Grey Provincial park, the Rim Trail is a 8km simple hike for hikers of any level, and on leash dogs are allowed! The hike takes you along Murtle River to Helmcken Falls, Canada’s fourth highest waterfall!  There are also six other waterfalls upstream.

Helmcken Falls can be accessed from the road off a short 1km walk. The falls are beautiful in the winter, and perhaps this shorter path may be more appealing in the winter months while the edge of the Rim Trail is so narrow and slippery.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion can happen easily on long hikes during hot weather. The best way to avoid heat exhaustion is to start your hikes early to avoid the heat, drink lots of water, take breaks, and aim for shade.

Heat cramps, intense muscle cramps due to dehydration and heat, can also occur. To avoid heat cramps stay hydrated and take breaks.