A walking guide
By Janna Wilson
A guidebook to walking routes in British Columbia, from long mountain trails in true wilderness to shorter, accessible walks. The routes cover many of British Columbia's provincial and national parks, including Vancouver and Queen Charlotte Islands, Whistler, Manning Provincial Park, Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks and the Rockies.
SeasonsSome trails open year-round, but mainly from May/June until October, as snow can be severe in the Rockies. Each trail clearly shows best time.
CentresVancouver, Whistler, Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Kelowna, Penticton and Manning Park.
DifficultyRoutes of all grades, length and difficulty.
Must SeeRemote wilderness, mountains, endless beaches, wildlife - but don’t get too close to the bears!
This guidebook explores 50 walking routes in Canada's British Columbia. The guide has a combination of long, multi-day expeditions through wild and mountains areas, as well as shorter, scenic day walks, many of which explore ares defined by native culture. British Columbia is full of National Parks and protected areas, and the walks in this guide venture into dozens. The guide is divided into sections which include: Vancouver Island, the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haidi Gwaii), Whistler and Squamish, Manning Provincial Park, Stein Valley Nlaka'Pamux Heritage Park, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, the Kootenays and the British Colombia Rockies.
The trails in this guide balance coastal and mountain regions. In an area so vast - four times the size of the UK, with only 3.5 million people, most of them in Vancouver - they can only offer a taste of what British Columbia has to offer.
The guideboook also includes plenty of practical advice on camping and hiking in the area, as well as survival tips for exploring the Canadian Wilderness, and plenty of background information on places of interest on the trail. With 637 provincial parks, six national parks, wide regions of protected land and age-old forests, wild mountain rivers, grizzly bears and sockeye salmon, British Columbia is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast, and this guidebook is an ideal companion to exploring its mountains, forests and trails.
Staying in British Columbia
How to Use This Guide
ON THE TRAIL: Practical Information for Hiking and Camping
THE GREAT CANADIAN WILDERNESS: Safety and Survival Tips
Protected Areas – National and Provincial Parks
Surviving in the Wild
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
Trail 1 – Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
East Sooke Regional Park
Trail 2 – East Sooke Coast Trail
Trail 3 – Della Falls Trail
Pacific Rim National Park
Trail 4 – West Coast Trail
Trail 5 – Wickaninnish Trail
Trail 6 – Schooner Trail
Trail 7 – Willowbrae Trail
Trail 8 – The Ahousaht Wild Side Heritage Trail
Cape Scott Provincial Park
Trail 9 – Cape Scott Trail
HAIDI GWAII (THE QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS)
Trail 10 – Spirit Lake Trail
Trail 11 – Sleeping Beauty
Trail 12 – Riley Creek and Rennell Sound
Naikoon Provincial Park
Trail 13 – Pesuta Trail
Trail 14 – East Beach: Tlell River to Rose Spit
Trail 15 – Tow Hill/Blow Hole
Trail 16 – Cape Fife Trail
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve/Haida Heritage Site
WHISTLER AND SQUAMISH
Trail 17 – Stawamus Chief
Trail 18 – Black Tusk/Garibaldi Lake
Trail 19 – Brandywine Falls
Trail 20 – Shadow Lake
Trail 21 – Nairn Falls
MANNING PROVINCIAL PARK
Trail 22 – Heather Trail (to First Brother)
Trail 23 – Skyline 1 Trail
Trail 24 – Pacific Crest Trail/Castle Creek/
Monument 78 Loop
Trail 25 – Lightning Lake Loop
STEIN VALLEY NLAKA’PAMUX HERITAGE PARK
Trail 26 – Lower Stein Valley
MOUNT REVELSTOKE AND GLACIER NATIONAL PARKS
Mount Revelstoke National Park
Trail 27 – Summit Trail
Trail 28 – Eva Lake Trail
Trail 29 – Jade Lakes Trail
Trail 30 – Giant Cedars Trail
Glacier National Park
Trail 31 – Asulkan Valley Trail
Trail 32 – Glacier Crest Trail
Trail 33 – Avalanche Crest Trail
Trail 34 – Abbott Ridge
Trail 35 – Hermit Trail
Trail 36 – Pulpit Rock Hike
Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Trail 37 – Gibson Lake to Slocan Chief Cabin
Purcell Wilderness Conservancy
Trail 38 – Earl Grey Pass Trail
Trail 39 – Lake of the Hanging Glacier Recreation Trail
Kootenay National Park
Trail 40 – Rockwall Trail
Trail 41 – Kaufmann Lake Trail
Trail 42 – Stanley Glacier Trail
Trail 43 – Paint Pots
Yoho National Park
Trail 44 – Iceline Trail
Trail 45 – Emerald Lake Circuit
Trail 46 – Yoho Glacier Moraine
Trail 47 – Yoho Pass
Trail 48 – Hoodoo Trail
Mount Robson Provincial Park
Trail 49 – Berg Lake Trail
Trail 50 – Mount Fitzwilliam Trail
B. Northwest Coast Native Cultures
C. Useful Addresses
D. Trail Table
National Topographic system maps (1:50,000)
Notes on maps
The Centre for Topographic Information of Natural Resources Canada is Canada’s national topographic mapping agency (http://?maps.nrcan.gc.ca). Their NTS (National Topographic System) maps are produced at a scale of 1:250,000 and 1:50,000. Both these are detailed maps showing landforms, terrain, lakes, rivers, forest cover, populated areas and transportation routes. The 1:50,000 maps are good for recreational use, and are suitable for hiking, cycling, canoeing and camping. The 1:50,000 maps cover an area of approximately 1000km2. These maps are distributed to the public through regional distribution centres. Contact ITMB Publishing Ltd., 530 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E9, tel. (604) 879-3621, or visit the website: http://maps.nrcan.gc.ca/topographic.html. Topographic maps are often sold at visitor information centres as well as outdoor specialist shops.
Forest Service Recreation Maps
The BC Forest Service produces about 40 different maps at various scales that are available to the public. These maps show Forest Service campgrounds, hiking trails, interpretive forests and logging roads. They are available for purchase from local Forest Service offices and often visitor information centres as well. For a listing of what is available, check www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfp/rec/maps/svanisle/
Gem Trek Publishing Ltd specializes in producing detailed maps of the Canadian Rockies. These maps are 1:100,000 scale and there is one that covers Kootenay National Park and another that combines Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. These maps are very useful as they show ground relief, campgrounds, hiking trails and roads. These can be purchased locally, or contact: Gem Trek Publishing Ltd., Box 1618, #6- 245- 2nd Ave E, Cochrane, Alberta, T0L 0W0, tel. (403) 932-4208.
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This is a very handy guidebook, since it gives you all the travel low down that you are going to need. There is a very good section on how to cope with bears and wild animals, and how to approach backpacking there. This book firmly puts Canada on the hiking map for the UK audience.
The Aitchison-Jones Walker's Pocket Book 2007
Janna Fleming (now Janna Wilson) lives in the Haida village of Skidegate in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia with her husband and their two young children. She has spent the past few years nurturing a passion for the beauty of her new surroundings: remote islands of rainforest, giant ancient cedars, windswept beaches, and vibrant culture. The landscape, wildlife and people provide endless inspiration for her creative soul and she is now working on a collection of poetry. With two small kids in tow, she now roams at a slower pace savouring their excitement and curiosity about each place they discover and can't wait to paddle, cycle and hike throughout the world with them.View Guidebooks by Janna Wilson
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