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Canyon View Trail
Plateau Mount H'Kusam
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Island is considered by some to have the best hiking trails in
the world. The trails run through varied and beautiful
areas, with sandy beaches, first growth rainforest, mountain
caves, waterfalls and rugged mountains hikes. The trails can
range from easy one hour walks to week long, hard, wet and wild
British Columbia's toughest and most beautiful trail is the West
Coast Trail, situated in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on
the west coast of the island. Considered by some to be the
toughest trail in North America, the trail traverses 75 km of
wind worn and storm tossed coastal areas, giant cedars, huge
hemlock and unending spruce forests, cliffs, beaches, sandstone
ledges and suspension bridges spanning rivers and streams. This
is Vancouver Island wilderness, wild and wet even in the summer.
Hikers who temp this trail must be fit and well equipped for the
Then there is the 47km Juan de Fuca Marine Trail in Juan
de Fuca Provincial Park boasts scenery similar to the
West Coast Trail, but with vehicle accessible points at several
points along the trail, making it a favorite for beginners and
there is Strathcona Park with trails that can take into some
incredibly beautiful back country with awesome mountain vistas,
trails like the Forbidden Plateau trails, or the Flower Ridge
Trail with its display of flowers in the spring. You can hike
into Della Falls, the highest falls in Canada, or run across
Buttle lake and hike up to Marble Meadows and be blown away by
the expanse of these meadows and maybe see a Marmot.
many other mountain trails on the Island and some very
historical trails like the Woss grease trail, First peoples used
this trail to take grease for trade to the west coast areas.
This trail runs from Woss to Tahsis, it is hundreds of years old
if not older.
So put on
your boots, grab your pack and camera and head out into the back
country to see what the Island has to offer.
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