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Hikers challenge the peaks of Strathcona Provincial Park in Central Vancouver Island
Trails in British Columbia accommodate hikers, bikers, horse riders and cross-country skiers. They are built and maintained by volunteers from clubs, BC Parks, the Forest Service, municipalities and logging companies.

Generally, urban and frontcountry trails are built to a high standard. Backcountry trails are normally primitive, doing no more than necessary to get you to your destination. What all these trails have in common, is a need for their users to be able to look after themselves. Telephones, ranger cabins and trail checks are almost non-existent - and that's the attraction of hiking the wilderness areas of BC!

So, be prepared. Carry a map and emergency supplies - especially rainwear and a flashlight. Remember, away from the road it's a wilderness.... and it sure is beautiful country!

Trails in British Columbia
Trail information is provided in our descriptions of BC Parks and in the Hiking & Backpacking sections of the Recreation category.

Trails on Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands & Sunshine Coast
Popular trails on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast of BC are described below.

North Island
Cape Scott Lighthouse Trail
Cape Scott Park Trails
Grant Bay Trail
Lowrie Bay Trail
Marble River Trail
Nootka Island Trail
North Coast Trail
Raft Cove Trail
Schoen Lake Park Trails
Songhees Lake Trail
Central Island
Bedwell Lake Trail
Cathedral Grove Trail
Della Falls Trail
Elk Falls Canyon
Elk River Trail
Englishman River Falls Trail
Kwai Lake Loop
Labour Day Lake Trail
Landslide Lake Trail
Little Qualicum River Falls
Lupin Falls Nature Walk
Morte Lake Trail
Mount Albert Edward Trail
Mount Arrowsmith Trails
Newton Lake Trail
Paradise Meadows Loop
Ripple Rock Trail
Sawdust Trail
Strathcona Provincial Park
South Island
China Beach Trail
Coast Trail - East Sooke Park
Cowichan River Footpath
Elk & Beaver Lake Trail
Francis/King Regional Park
Galloping Goose Trail
Juan De Fuca Marine Trail
Lone Tree Hill Trail
Thetis Lake Trail
Witty's Lagoon Regional Park
Pacific Rim
Mount Arrowsmith Trails
Pacific Rim National Park Trail
Port Alberni Trails
Stamp River Provincial Park
West Coast Trail
Wild Pacific Trail
Gulf & Discovery Islands
Bodega Ridge Trail
Dionisio Point Provincial Park
Mount Maxwell Provincial Park
Newcastle Island Provincial Park
Sunshine Coast
Caren Range Old-Growth Forest
Chapman Falls
Confederation Lake Trail
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park
Skookumchuk Narrows Trail
Smuggler's Cove Provincial Park
Tetrahedron Recreation Area

Learn about the Historic Chilkoot Trail, in Northern BC.

The information for Islands trail section is kindly provided in part by the Vancouver Island Trails Information Society, through their three superb Hiking Trails guides on Vancouver Island.

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