How to Hike Vancouver Island

How to Hike Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, has a landscape made up of dense forests, mountains and water. Hiking on Vancouver Island can be intense, as it is a remote area made up of raw natural areas that have been untouched by man. By using the right gear and supplies, you can spend quality time enjoying the scenery and interacting with nature as you hike the terrain of Vancouver Island.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Research the Vancouver Island area by visiting and Vancouver Island Abound. Locate the area in which you would like to hike. The largest and most popular hiking spot in Vancouver Island is the Trans- Canada Trail, which offers a remote terrain with dirt paths; deep, wooded valleys; and suspension bridges and trestles.
Step 2
Obtain a topographic map of the Vancouver Island area and map out the area where you will be hiking. Take note of the terrain and other landscape obstacles that will come up throughout the hike; the map should provide keys to, or identifications of, such items as forests, bridges, rocky terrain, low-lying areas, bodies of water and manmade objects.
Step 3
Create a checklist of essential items you will need on your hiking trip. Pack all of your gear and pay close attention to your list at all times. Include items such as a lightweight, waterproof backpack; a trek pole for climbing unsteady terrain; waterproof hiking boots that provide adequate traction; a compass for following directions; an informational map of the area; first-aid supplies for injuries and accidents; energy snacks and bottled water; a cell phone or two- way radio device; sunglasses; and other protective weather wear, such as a hat or rain jacket.
Step 4
Load up your hiking equipment and gear and begin your hiking journey on Vancouver Island. Use your trek poles to make your way up rocks and steep slopes. Rely on your weatherproof attire to swiftly glide through riverbeds and waterfalls. Navigate through desolate terrain with your map, GPS system and compass.
Step 5
Take time to observe the sights that are favored by hikers, such as the mountaintops overlooking the crisp lakes below. Wildlife like whales, black bears, moose and deer--as well as hundreds of different species of birds that reside in the area--can be observed from several vantage points.

Tips & Warnings

Plan your hiking trip ahead of time, and make sure that you pack only the essentials you will need on your trip.
Pack as lightly as possible so you will be able to maintain your energy throughout the day.
Travel with a partner if possible, as the trails on Vancouver Island can be desolate.
Be prepared for emergencies at all times by keeping fresh batteries in your cell phone or radio, as well as water on hand at all times.

Article Written By Julie

Julie is an outdoor enthusiast and freelance writer. She enjoys hiking and camping the North Woods of Michigan, as well as remote regions of Canada. She spends her free time backpacking and exploring new and unchartered territory on all of her outdoor expeditions.

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