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Valhalla Provincial Park for One of the Best Hikes in BC

Valhalla Provincial Park is home to one of the best hikes in BC. The 6 km trail into Gwillim Lakes is take-your-breath away beautiful, especially in the evening light. You'll find meadows to explore, mountain ridges to climb and lakes for skinny dipping. Also look for well-spaced tent pads, a kitchen area and a couple of outhouses. You could easily spend a few nights here. Where is Valhalla Provincial Park? There's a pretty good chance…

Beautiful Reflection In Fish Lake In The Morning

One of the Best Hikes in Banff – The Hike to Fish Lakes

If you're looking for one of the best hikes in Banff, you'd do well to choose the hike to Fish Lakes via North Molar Pass. Very fit hikers could knock off the 29.6 km return hike to the lakes in a very long day. But my recommendation is to book a backcountry campsite (in January) and stay for a couple of nights at the Fish Lake Campground so you can truly enjoy what is truly…

The 10 Hiking Essentials Everyone Should Carry

Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. If you purchase an item through these links, I receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. This helps me continue to write free content like the article you are reading. I only recommend products or experiences I personally use or see a use for. The Mountaineers, a Seattle based organization for climbers and outdoor adventures - and the people behind the bible of…

A Challenging Hike on the Lake Superior Coastal Trail

"The Coastal Trail in Lake Superior Provincial Park is more difficult than the Coastal Trail in Pukaskwa National Park" exclaims one of the staff working at the Lake Superior Provincial Park Visitor Centre. I roll my eyes - thinking "as if". What does she really know? Now that I have hiked a major section of the Coastal Trail over a three day period - and not the most difficult section which is the 20 kilometres…

The 7 Secrets to a Successful Backpacking Trip

You've put a lot of work into planning a multi-day backpacking trip but it turns out to be a disaster. You want to try it again but you haven't decided if it's worth the effort. Maybe you'll just stick to day hikes instead.  If this sounds like you don't give up on backpacking. It's always going to be one of the best ways to get into areas that are off limits to day hikers. Instead…

25 of the Very Best Outdoor Adventures in British Columbia

If you're traveling to British Columbia in search of adventure, I've got you covered. Check out these 25 adventures that include everything from hiking to backpacking, and biking to canoeing and kayaking. I've done 23 of them and the two I haven't are at the top of my wish list.  Backpacking in British Columbia Backpack the Juan de Fuca trail Not sure if you can handle the full West Coast Trail experience? Hike the 47…

A Four Day Hiking Trip on the Juan de Fuca Trail

Interested in a four day hiking trip on the Juan de Fuca Trail - a cousin to the better known West Coast Trail? Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just 90 minutes from Victoria the 47 kilometre Juan de Fuca Trail runs parallel to the coast dodging and weaving through temperate rainforest and along rocky beaches. It goes all the way from China Beach to Botanical Beach just outside of Port Renfrew. It…

The Juan de Fuca Trail: What You Need to Know Before You Go

I'm just back from a four day backpacking trip on the 47 kilometre long Juan de Fuca Trail. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, a little south of its more famous cousin, the West Coast Trail, its short distance belies the difficulty of the trail. This post is meant for those who have yet to hike the trail but want to - and would like to be as prepared as possible. Here's what…

Backpacking the Sunshine Coast Trail: Mt. Troubridge to Saltery Bay

I spent a week backpacking the Sunshine Coast Trail with a friend - Judy - one of the few people I know that would actually agree to long days of hiking with a pack followed by sleeping on a hard, wooden floor in a hut in the forest. Without wine. Most of my friends have chosen luxury now over roughing it and real adventure. I chose two sections of the Sunshine Coast Trail to hike, based on…

The Sunshine Coast Trail: What You Need to Know Before You Go

The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 180 kilometre hut to hut hiking and backpacking trail that runs from Sarah Point overlooking Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay where the ferries come in from Earl's Cove. As the brainchild of Eagle Walz, the trail was built, starting in 1992, to link sections of old growth forest before they disappeared. Eagle continues to play a major role in expanding and upgrading the trail though countless volunteers are also to be…

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