Travelers all over the world plan vacations around hiking and adventure activities. We recently highlighted some outdoor adventures in British Columbia, Canada that focused on more water-based activities, which is great for anyone planning a trip to Canada. But what other options do you have if you’re not a big water person? Destination British Columbia has put together a range of trip ideas to assist you in your trip planning, many of which focus on hiking, biking, and some much needed relaxation in between all the activities.
Whistler Outdoor Adventures
Typically known as a premium ski destination during the winter, there’s actually so much to do in the summer in Whistler: activities like hiking, rock climbing, biking, and river rafting await. Want to learn more about what to expect when traveling to Whistler? Check out this small sampling of what awaits:
- Hiking – Try to keep your jaw from dropping while hiking the High Note Trail as you admire the alpine wildflowers and stunning views of the Black Tusk peak.
- Biking – Whistler is a popular ski destination in the winter months, but from spring to fall, trade in your skis for a bike. Head to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, home to more than 50 lift-accessed runs. Or explore the 124 miles (200 km) worth of trails surrounding Whistler Village.
- Relax – With all the energy you’ll be exerting, you’ll need to build in some time for relaxation, and Whistler has you covered. Check out interactive exhibits and art at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center, and feel the energy at Whistler Olympic Plaza, where you can watch free outdoor concerts and movies in the summer or ice skate in the outdoor rink in the winter.
For more in depth information on what to see and do, check out Whistler Outdoor Adventures.
BC Hiking Trails
No matter what your experience or comfort level, if you love strapping on the boots and getting outdoors for a hike, British Columbia is the place for you.
- Sweat and burn your way along the Grouse Grind in North Vancouver. It’s a 1.8-mile (2.9-km) trail that gains 2798 feet (853 m) on Grouse Mountain. The trail takes you through a beautiful forest to the mountaintop for stunning views over Vancouver.
- Strike gold in historical Barkersville while taking advantage of the rugged routes around the town, including the Yellowhawk Trail, a 6.5-mile (10.5-km) hike that leads to killer views over the Cariboo Mountains. Once you’ve had your hiking fill, explore the 1860s townsite and step back in time to the Gold Rush in BC’s largest historcial site.
- Want to challenge yourself on a multi-day hike? Trek the beauty of Mount Robson Provincial Park on the Berg Lake Trail, a 14-mile (23-km) hike deep into the Rocky Mountain backcountry. Expect some rugged surroundings as you hike to Berg Lake to see glaciers and the Emperor Face of Mount Robson soaring high above.
- If you’re really hard-core, then test your mettle on the West Coast Trail, one of the top wilderness hikes in the entire world! This 47-mile (75-km) trek on Vancouver Island takes about a week, where you’ll hike through lush rainforest, along driftwood strewn beaches while catching glimpses of seals, sea lions, eagles, and whales.
For more in depth information on what to see and do, check out BC Hiking Trails
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