Western Canada: 10 must-try hikes in Western Canada
1. Pacific Rim
On the bucket list of any serious hiker, the 75-kilometre West Coast Trail follows the one-time survival route of unlucky shipwreck victims through old-growth forests, past wide-open beaches and across suspension bridges spanning rivers and streams.
2. British Columbia
Experience the towering old-growth hemlocks and cedars of B.C.’s legendary old-growth forests with easy strolls along boardwalk trails. Transition to subalpine spruce and fir as routes lead you to mountain meadows offering sweeping panoramas of the Selkirk wilderness.
3. Waterton Lakes
Experience great wildlife viewing and scenic trails on a visit to stunning Red Rock Canyon. Then watch the stars come out from the comfort of a Blackfoot-style tipi at nearby Crandell Mountain Campground.
Waterton Lakes National Park
4. Gulf Islands
Enhance a Gulf Islands National Park Reserve experience by following self-guided routes through the highlights of the islands’ natural landscapes, learning and gaining insights along the way by geocaching or using an Explora app.
5. Glacier National Park
Conquering a technical mountain ascent, traversing icefields with 1,500-metre descents, freewheeling past glaciers, waterfalls and rock canyons: this is all part of the high country adventure experience.
Among the best ways to experience the park’s Rocky Mountain scenery is on the trail. Whether on foot or by bike, visitors have access to hundreds of kilometres of trails.
Banff National Park
With more than 400 kilometres of trails, Yoho is a backpacker’s paradise. Set out from Takakkaw Falls or Emerald Lake for Yoho’s most scenic and popular destinations, or head west for unmaintained trails in the Amiskwi Valley or Ice River.
Join a knowledgeable guide as you hike through a forest naturally regenerating after wildfire en route to the recently discovered Stanley Glacier fossil site. Here, the remains of unique and sometimes bizarre sea creatures reveal the mysteries of early life on Earth.
Kootenay National Park
Jasper’s newly completed Easy Trail System offers twenty kilometres of bike-friendly, multi-use trails easily accessed right from your hotel doorstep… or tent flap! Visit lakes, beaches, and take in gorgeous mountain and valley views along the way.
10. Mount Revelstoke
Bike, hike or drive to the peak of Mount Revelstoke and celebrate the summit experience. Arrive to panoramic vistas, stroll the historic trails, take in the local art or find inner calm with a yoga workshop.