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Hiking, Running, Walking, Climbing, Horse Back Riding, Surfing

If you want to do some hiking, there are numerous trails, especially along the road from Horseshoe Bay to Squamish. Some are marked, but you can spot most of them if you keep a sharp lookout. Most are quite steep and usually end up at an Alpine Lake. There are also many other hikes within easy reach of Vancouver, some are even accessible by transit. Lynn Headwaters, for example) If you are interested in hiking, it is worth buying a copy of "103 Hikes in SW British Columbia" (You can order it online by clicking the link, or pick it up in virtually any Vancouver Bookstore) This book contains descriptions and maps of most of the trails, and is quite good. Also recommended is "Best Hikes & Walks in Southwest BC" . NEVER go hiking in BC without letting someone know where you are. If you fall down an embankment, they may find your bones a couple of years later, especially if you are a visitor, and not missed. This is especially important in the winter months, when there are fewer other hikers around. It is also a good idea to carry a cell phone if you have one, although you have to be close to civilization or a major highway for it to work. Some trails have registration booths at their start. This allows the Ranger to know if someone has not returned. Fill out the card at the start and end of your hike, for your own safety. So far, the government bears the cost of rescuing lost hikers, but there are moves afoot to pass some of costs for helicopters, etc. on to the rescued party, especially if negligence is involved. There are usually about 50 hikers a year that require rescuing and a couple of fatalities are not unusual. A recent irritating development is the presence of mountain bikers on hiking trails. They can be very annoying (unless you happen to be one of course), and the bikes can turn a pleasant trail into a sea of mud. Hikers have right-of-way, but some bikers don't observe this. If you are thinking of hiking the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, check the link in the table below. Also check the "Backpacking in BC" Link in the table below for some descriptions of hikes. There is also a link for less strenuous escorted walks around Vancouver.

Chances are you may encounter a Bear while hiking. Mostly these are Black Bear who are more concerned with avoiding you, than the other way around. Your chances of running into a Cougar is more remote. Check out my Camping section for detailed information on Wildlife hazards.

Hiking Links

Hiker's Den Hiking Guide to BC
Hike Chilliwack Chilliwack hiking club
Russ's Hiking Page Excellent Hiking Info Resource for Vancouver area & BC
BCPassport.com Hiking Section This  web site has a pretty good hiking section
Sun Run Annual Marathon in May
Vancouver Marathon Annual Marathon in May
Tahsis Great Walk Annual event in June-Vancouver Island
Cliffhanger Indoor Rock Climbing / Climbing Links
Bivouac Mountaineering Directory Info on Climbing
Squamish Area Climbing Info on Climbing in the Squamish area
West Coast Trail Info on Vancouver islands West Coast Trail
West Coast Trail Express/Knight Limousine Service Transportation to the West Coast Trail
Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Vancouver Island Another West Coast of Vancouver Island Trail
Hiking/Cycling Jasper National Park Rocky Mountains-Alberta side
Walking tours around Vancouver Escorted Walking tours
Sea to Summit Adventure Annual Race Bike, Kayak, Hike-register online
Hiking, BackPacking and Guided Tours Tour company offering organized hikes
Mountain Equipment Co-op Good place in Vancouver to gear up
EcoMountain Tours Escorted hikes near Whistler including transport from Vancouver
Whistler Xc Ski & Hike Escorted hikes, XC Ski trips from Whistler

 

Taigaworks is a Vancouver based outdoor store that has been around for years. When I traveled throguh Europe, the Middle East & Asia in the early 70's, it was with a Taiga backpack. I still have it, and after over 35 years of use, it is still in good shape, albeit dirty. I actually just tried to donate it to the Salvation Army but it was too dirty for them. Their loss.

Walking Links

John Atkins Vancouver Walks Escorted walks with John Atkins, Knowledgeable local resident
Eco Walks of Stanley park Stanley Park Walks
Walk Vancouver Walks Around the city, including maps, great site
Tahsis Great Walk Annual event in June-Vancouver Island
Walking tours around Vancouver Escorted Walking tours
Hiking, BackPacking and Guided Tours Tour company offering organized hikes

 

Climbing & Misc Links

Climbing coastal British Columbia, Canada Info on Climbing
Bivouac Mountaineering Directory Info on Climbing
Squamish Area Climbing Info on Climbing in the Squamish area
Mountain Equipment Co-op Good place in Vancouver to gear up
Great Wall Climbing Climbing lessons-Whistler
Whistler Xc Ski & Hike Climbing in Whistler Area
Cougar Mountain Tours ATV, snowmobile, Snow Shoeing, Dog Sledding, etc - Whistler
Cliff Hanger Indoor Climbing Walls

 

Horse Back Riding

Poole Creek Stables-Whistler (no web site) Phone 604-932-8666
Adventure Ranch - Pemberton (near Whistler -no web site) Phone 604-932-5078
Canadian Outback Horseback riding Vancouver/Whistler
Sea to Sky Stables Squamish

 

Surfing:

Best Place for Surfing is the West Coast of Vancouver Island. This is considered some of the best surfing in the world, especially in winter, but you definitely need a heavy mil wet suit. Be careful, though, there have been some nasty turf wars, between surfers, as is the case in most parts of the world, where this is hardly a gentleman's sport. Most surf companies are located in Tofino. To get there you need to take a ferry to Nanaimo & then bus to Tofino.

Deep Snow & Surf Surf Tours
Storm Surfshops in Tofino and Ucluelet, Long Beach, Vancouver island
Hooksum Outdoor Education Mid Vancouver Island
Surf Sister Surf School Tofino, Vancouver Island
Inner Rhythm Surf Camp Tofino, Vancouver Island
Surfing Vancouver Island Surf  Site
Pacific Surf School Tofino, Vancouver Island
http://www.tatchuadventures.com/ Tahsis , Vancouver Island
http://www.bruhwilersurf.com/ Tofino, Vancouver Island