Ancient rainforests, blue alpine lakes, wildflower meadows, meandering streams, cascading waterfalls, secluded beaches, and views that will take your breath away...
These are the rewards that await hikers in the Vancouver Island region. Beach strolls, nature walks, forest trails, country rambles - literally every community and provincial park in the region has a network of hiking and walking trails that range from easy half-hour walks to more challenging full-day treks. And, almost every town and city has designated scenic walking routes along harbours or seawalls or in historic residential and downtown areas. The best way to find a route suited to you is to walk right into the Visitor Info Centres in the areas you are visiting and ask the staff for their favourite trails.
If you want to make hiking the focus of your holiday, you have some excellent options. Several companies in the region offer guided hiking adventures that range from half a day to several days with overnight campouts in the wilderness. These guided adventures provide you with the benefit of hiking with experts who know the terrain and have experience with all kinds of weather and trail conditions. Plus, these guides are knowledgeable naturalists with a wealth of information on the flora and fauna you'll see on a hike.
Lace up your boots and load your camera with film...the Vancouver Island region has more trails than you can shake your walking stick at!
photo courtesy of Boomer Jerritt/Tourism Vancouver Island
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