8 Top Outdoor Adventures in British Columbia
If you’re heading to British Columbia and want to experience all that this breath-taking westernmost province of Canada has to offer, we suggest backpacking, hiking, and cycling its trails and kayaking and canoeing its vast lakes and sounds. Here are 8 top outdoor adventures in British Columbia.
Backpack the West Coast Trail
The West Coast Trail is a physically demanding 75km hike along the west coast of Vancouver Island which offers a variety of root covered trails, ladders, cable car crossings over raging rivers, beaches, and boardwalks. Be sure to include the Carmanah Point and Pachena Point Lighthouses along your planned route as they are definite highlights.
Backpack the Spectrum Range
The Spectrum Range is located in the remote Mount Edziza Provincial Park, north-western British Columbia. It’s a full 2 days drive out of Calgary and you’ll have to charter a plane to fly into the park. However, it’s totally worth it for the multi-coloured volcanic landscape with glistening lakes, wildflowers and animals.
Hike the Coast Trail of East Sooke Park
The Coast Trail of East Sooke Park begins just 45 minutes from downtown Victoria and even though it’s just 10km long, it’s a difficult journey. The rugged coastal scenery is interrupted by temperate rainforests, monstrous cedars and firs, small beaches, tidal pools, and spellbinding views of the Olympic Mountains.
Hike the Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park
Starting from the parking lot at Takakkaw Falls, the Iceline Trail is located in Yoho National Park – which has no mobile reception which means no NZ Sports Betting for a bit, so get your wagers in before you go– and has a 400m steep start to reach treeline. The trail offers many variations and there is also the option to do a 3-day backpacking trip with a visit to the Stanley Falls Hut.
Kayak Johnstone Strait
One of the many reasons to kayak the Johnstone Strait is that its home to the largest number of resident orcas in the world and you may find yourself paddling amongst them. With other sea and animal life on offer, you’ll likely spot bears, seals, sea lions, porpoises, and dolphins.
Kayak Desolation Sound
Located off the northern end of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound is famous for its summer boat cruising and the spectacular views of the Coast Mountains draws kayakers from both near and far. A 10 day stay is recommended in order to explore the many islands, islets, bays, and pocket coves.
Cycle the Kettle Valley Railway
The Kettle Valley Railway is an abandoned railroad track which winds along the Okanagan and Similkameen region in southern British Columbia and offers over 800km of cycling trails. The 80km stretch from Myra Canyon to Penticton is the most popular and the 12km Myra Canyon section draws the largest crowds of all.
Cycle Victoria’s Gulf Islands
Victoria and the Gulf Islands are renowned for their mild temperatures, low rainfall in summer, and plenty of sunny days. The Gulf Islands offer daily, weekly, or even longer cycling trips if you’re hoping to enjoy a variety of activities and Saturna Island and the Lochside Trail are not to be missed.