Hiking Vancouver Island  by Shannon & Lissa Cowan

Hiking Vancouver Island Guide Book

by Shannon & Lissa Cowan (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Vancouver Island  by Shannon & Lissa Cowan
Lace up your boots and sample more than 50 trails on Canada's beautiful west coast. From the rugged windswept shores of Cape Scott Provincial Park to the urban trails of Victoria's Galloping Goose and the ancient and silent forests of the island's interior, Hiking Vancouver Island has memorable routes to please hikers of every stripe. Outdoor explorers, writers, and sisters Shannon and Lissa Cowan have selected trails that vary in length, from easy one-hour outings ideal for children and beginning hikers to more challenging backpacking treks in the backcountry. Inside you'll find: up-to-date trail information; clear directions from major access points; difficulty ratings; detailed trail maps; tips on navigation, equipment, first aid, and hiking with children.

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Trails from the "Hiking Vancouver Island" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 50.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 50.

This steep, half-day climb over forested and rocky terrain culminates in views of Comox Lake and the Cruickshank River. Hike this trail in early to midsummer and you may catch vivid displays of alpine ...
Cumberland, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
The 5-kilometer Beautiful Bay Trail follows the northern shores of Malcolm Island through old-growth forests, over boardwalks and bridges, to several stunning beach access points. Frequented by river ...
Sointula, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
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This vigorous hike through low- to middle-elevation forest leads to one of the more popular backcountry camping areas in the park. Pick up the trail at the south end of Buttle Lake and walk through ma ...
Campbell River, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
Often tricky to locate, this trail can be hiked as two separate ascents or as one full-day loop. Located near the old Forbidden Plateau ski lodge, this steep hike passes through mixed forest to panora ...
Courtenay, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.1
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Three short trails wind through mature forest stands to rocky beaches, outcrops, and tidal pools. Well worth the two-hour trip from downtown Victoria, this must-see Island destination is one of Vancou ...
Port Renfrew, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
A bark mulch path ambles through immature temperate rain forest with some old-growth Douglas fir trees and ocean views. The forest is clear-cut on both sides of this protected area. Although the offic ...
Nanaimo, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
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One of the lengthier hikes on northern Vancouver Island, the hike to the cape passes through old-growth forests, historical settlements, storm-tossed beaches, and mudsoaked wetlands. While the histori ...
Port Hardy, BC - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14.8
One of the most ecologically diverse places on Vancouver Island, this old-growth temperate rain forest is home to some of the world’s largest and oldest Sitka spruce trees. Measuring 95 meters, the Ca ...
Port Renfrew, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.9
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Another great place for families, Cathedral Grove offers short loop trails on either side of Highway 4 through stands of giant old-growth Douglas fir trees, some of which are 800 years old. Mixed wi ...
Port Alberni, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
This rugged hike from the Kennedy River Valley through the Clayoquot River watershed leads to the beautiful meadows of Norgar Lake. It includes views of the rock slide that created Spires Lake as well ...
Port Alberni, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.2
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This easy hike through streamside forests follows the Cowichan River, a popular camping and fishing destination. Located along the trail are Marie Canyon and the 66 Mile Trestle. The 64.4 Mile and Hol ...
Duncan, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.5
A favorite spot for climbers, Crest Mountain is also a breathtaking hike to gorgeous views of Strathcona’s snowcapped wonderland from 1,500-plus meters. This steep climb winds its way straight up the ...
Campbell River, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
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At 440 meters, Della Falls is one of the ten largest falls in the world. Access this hike at the west end of Great Central Lake by first renting or chartering a boat and then making your way to the B. ...
Port Alberni, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
This is a full-day hike over rugged coastline through Douglas fir, western hemlock, and Sitka spruce forest combined with arbutus groves. Reminders of the area’s rich past mingle with continuous ocean ...
Sooke, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
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Located just outside the town of Campbell River, this picturesque trail series meanders along the Campbell and Quinsam Rivers through popular fly-fishing areas. Waterfalls, beaver ponds, salmon enhanc ...
Campbell River, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
For a gentle wilderness backcountry hike, follow this trail along the lush Elk River Valley and visit a glacial lake surrounded by snowcapped peaks. In addition to mature hemlock forests, the hike a ...
Gold River, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.9
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For an afternoon or half-day nature walk, a hike along the picturesque Englishman River and its tributaries offers a diversity of ecological systems. Start with a steep descent and a slippery log cros ...
Parksville, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
A hike along the scenic Englishman River to the upper and lower falls takes less time than your favorite TV show. Take along your family and a picnic and you might just turn that box in for good. (Tho ...
Parksville, BC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
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Access to the alpine has never been easier. This moderate hike starting from Mount Washington Alpine Resort moves through subalpine forests and meadows to a series of lakes and scenic viewpoints. Two ...
Nanaimo, BC - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 26
The Galloping Goose includes a sampling of urban and rural vistas. The trail—named for a local 1920s railway car—cuts through British Columbia’s capital city of Victoria. Highlights include wildflower ...
Victoria, BC - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 34
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