British Columbia’s Best Hiking Trails
If you think that ‘Beautiful British Columbia’ has become a trite moniker, it’s time to get off the sofa. This province is home to four mountain systems, 18 volcanoes and a host of lakes, rivers and marshes. One-third of B.C. is barren alpine tundra, icefield and glacier; boasting just over 14 million hectacres of park land and reserves. It’s all just begging to be explored.
If it’s inspiration you need, we’ve picked the brain of Explore magazine editor David Webb. Here are his top 25, bucket-list worthy B.C. trails.
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Metro Vancouver & Sea-to-Sky Corridor
The Lions (West Vancouver)
Distance: 15 kilometres (total)
Time: 7-10 hours
Level of difficulty: trail is difficult and reaching the summit requires a technical climb
Details: Taking The Lions Trail via the ridge of Mount Unnecessary will require a spare set of lungs, but hikers are well rewarded with views of Howe Sound. Traversing through dense forest and into the Coast Range Alpine is equally stunning. This is an in-and-out hike along the same route, which will deposit you back at your vehicle. Hikers without climbing skills need not reach the summit to enjoy hiking the Lions. Be sure to wear or pack layers, plan for changing weather, and bring food and water.
How do I get to The Lions? Head for Sunset Drive, Lion’s Bay. Go early as the designated lot fills quickly. If the lot is full, turn around and back track to the elementary school. (About one kilometre away from the trailhead). This area is patrolled and towed vehicles will be taken to North Vancouver!