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Top Ten Day Hikes on the
Canadian West Coast

Hiking from Sea-to-Sky around Vancouver and the West Coast

Hiking around British Columbia's West Coast and Vancouver Island offers a diverse and breathtaking array of natural landscapes that encapsulate the quintessential Pacific Northwest experience. The region is marked by its majestic coastal rainforests, rugged shoreline, soaring mountain ranges, and an abundance of wildlife, providing a myriad of outdoor adventures.

In the coastal rainforests, trails meander through towering, centuries-old trees draped in moss, beside crystal-clear streams and cascading waterfalls. The undergrowth is lush and vibrant, providing a vivid display of greens that are especially captivating in the misty rain that the area is known for.

Along the shoreline, trails follow the rugged, rocky coast, offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. These paths often pass through isolated coves and sandy beaches, where hikers can witness the power of the ocean and the rich marine life, including seals, sea lions, and, during migration season, whales.

In the mountainous regions, trails range from moderate hill climbs to challenging alpine routes. These hikes reward with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, from snow-capped peaks and glaciers to expansive views of the ocean and islands dotting the coastline.

Hikers on Whistler's High Note trail, above Cheakamus Lake and Garibaldi Provincial Park
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Vancouver Island, in particular, is known for its incredible diversity. From the wild, windswept beaches of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, to the temperate rainforests of the interior, and the mountainous Strathcona Provincial Park, there are countless opportunities for exploration.
The wildlife viewing throughout the region is exceptional, with opportunities to spot black bears, grizzlies, cougars, and an impressive variety of bird species. It's a hiker's paradise that caters to all levels of ability and interest, offering endless opportunities for adventure and exploration.
Hiking the Pesuta Shipwreck Trail in Naikoon Provincial Park
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