British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, is defined by its Pacific coastline and mountain ranges. Nature areas like Glacier National Park offer hiking and biking trails, as well as campgrounds. Whistler Blackcomb is a major ski resort that hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. The scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway links Whistler with Vancouver, a city known for its film industry, at the province’s southern U.S. border. ― Google
British Columbia is known for its stunning natural landscapes and offers many long-distance hiking trails that showcase the region’s beauty. Here are some of the notable long-distance trails that are part of the National Hiking Trail network.
1. Log Train Trail
– The Log Train Trail is a historic rail bed originally developed in the early 1900’s as part of the Bainbridge Mill rail-logging operation. The main section of the trail stretches for 25 kilometers along the foot of the Beaufort Range.
2. Beaufort Trail
The Beaufort Range is a collection of peaks located on the eastern side of Vancouver Island. Stretching from Horne Lake to Comox Lake, the range has 16 named peaks and a trail that connects 8 of them for an incredible adventure. The tallest of the mountains in the range and the highlight of the trail is Mount Joan, which stands at 1,556 m (5,105 ft) tall with 1,129 m (3,704 ft) of prominence.
3. Sunshine Coast Trail
The Sunshine Coast Trail is an incredible 180km hut-to-hut hiking route in south-west British Columbia, Canada. The path weaves along and away from the coast, also featuring lakes, waterfalls, old growth tree groves, creeks, working forests, mountain peaks and panoramic viewpoints.
4. Suncoaster Trail
The Sunshine Coast Regional District has completed phase one of the Suncoaster Trail connecting Earl’s Cove to Halfmoon Bay. The trail has been designed to accommodate hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.
5. Sea to Sky Trail
The Sea to Sky Trail is a 100-kilometre trail between Squamish and Pemberton, British Columbia, connecting the Pacific Ocean to the towering Coast Mountains further north. This beautiful route spoils users with turquoise lakes and lots of unique points of interest along the way.
6. Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail (Grease Trail)
The Alexander MacKenzie Heritage Trail (also Nuxalk-Carrier Route, Blackwater Trail, or simply The Grease Trail) is a 420 km long historical overland route between Quesnel and Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada. Of the many grease trails connecting the coast with the interior, it is the most notable and often is referred to as the Grease Trail. The trail was originally used by the Nuxalk and Carrier people for communication, transport and trade, in particular, trade in eulachon grease from the Pacific coast.
7. Telegraph Trail
The Telegraph Trail is that portion of the Collins Overland Telegraph Trail and its successor Yukon Telegraph Trail that is located in the Cariboo Regional District. It is approximately 275 kilometres long.
8. 1861 Goldrush Pack Trail
By 1860, there were gold discoveries in the middle basin of the Quesnel River around Keithley Creek and Quesnel Forks, just below and west of Quesnel Lake. Exploration of the region intensified as news of the discoveries got out, and because of the distances and times involved in communications and travel in those times, moreover because of the remoteness of the country, the Cariboo Rush did not begin in earnest until 1862 after the discovery of Williams Creek in 1861 and the relocation of the focus of the rush to the creek valleys in the northern Cariboo Plateau forming the headwaters of the Willow River and the north slope of the basin of the Quesnel. The rush, though initially discovered by American-based parties, became notably Canadian, Maritimer and British in character, with those who became established in the Cariboo among the vanguard of the movement to join Canada as the 1860s progressed.
9. Goat River Trail
The 95 km Goat River hiking trail follows a historic gold mining route between Barkersville and the upper Fraser River. The trail extends in an east west direction along the Goat River and forms a section of the National Hiking Trail (coordinated by Hike Canada en Marche).