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Hikers challenge the peaks of Strathcona Provincial Park
Trails on Vancouver Island accommodate hikers, bikers, horse riders and cross-country skiers. They are built and maintained by volunteers from clubs, BC Parks, the Forest Service, municipalities and logging companies. Generally, urban and frontcountry trails are built to a high standard. Backcountry trails are normally primitive, doing no more than necessary to get you to your destination. What all these trails have in common, is a need for their users to be able to look after themselves, as telephones, ranger cabins and trail checks are almost non-existent - and that's the attraction of hiking the wilderness of Vancouver Island!

So, be well prepared, carry a map and emergency supplies - especially rainwear and a flashlight. Remember, away from the road it's a wilderness.... and it sure is beautiful country!

Some of the best wilderness hiking on Vancouver Island is to be found in Strathcona Provincial Park (Central Island), especially for those who like to hike in the middle of rugged and heavily glaciated mountains. The park was created in 1911 for those who seek adventure in remote wilderness surroundings. It may be easier to reach the Park's trailheads today, but the hiking routes still remain as challenging as ever. To really experience the beauty of this enormous park, come prepared to explore the backcountry.

At the northern tip of the island, Cape Scott Provincial Park is one of the wildest, windiest, most woebegone locales in the province for human habitation, Journeying to either Brooks Peninsula or Cape Scott is only for those whose mettle has been tested by repeated exposure to the bellows and blast-furnace of nature in the raw.

The mother of all hikes on the island is the very well-known West Coast Trail (Pacific Rim), which runs for 48 miles (77 km) along the west coast of Vancouver Island, and lies within the southern boundaries of the Pacific Rim National Park. This 7 to 10-day adventure trek draws hikers from all over the world.
North Island
Cape Scott Lighthouse Trail
Cape Scott Park Trails
Grant Bay Trail
Lowrie Bay Trail
Marble River Trail
Nootka Island Trail
North Coast Trail
Raft Cove Trail
Schoen Lake Park Trails
Songhees Lake Trail
   
Central Island
Bedwell Lake Trail
Cathedral Grove Trail
Della Falls Trail
Elk Falls Canyon
Elk River Trail
Englishman River Falls Trail
Kwai Lake Loop
Labour Day Lake Trail
Landslide Lake Trail
Little Qualicum River Falls
Lupin Falls Nature Walk
Morte Lake Trail
Mount Albert Edward Trail
Mount Arrowsmith Trails
Newton Lake Trail
Paradise Meadows Loop
Ripple Rock Trail
Sawdust Trail
Strathcona Provincial Park
   
South Island
Bear Hill Regional Park
China Beach Trail
Coast Trail - East Sooke Park
Cowichan River Footpath
East Sooke Regional Park
Elk & Beaver Lake Trail
Francis/King Regional Park
Galloping Goose Regional Trail
Horth Hill Regional Park
Juan De Fuca Marine Trail
Lone Tree Hill Trail
Matheson Lake Regional Park
Mill Hill Regional Park
Mount Wells Regional Park
Mount Work Regional Park
Roche Cove Regional Park
Thetis Lake Trail
Witty's Lagoon Regional Park
   
Pacific Rim
Mount Arrowsmith Trails
Pacific Rim National Park Trail
Port Alberni Trails
Stamp River Provincial Park
West Coast Trail
Wild Pacific Trail
   
Gulf & Discovery Islands
Bodega Ridge Trail
Dionisio Point Provincial Park
Mount Maxwell Provincial Park
Newcastle Island Provincial Park
   
Sunshine Coast
Caren Range Old-Growth Forest
Chapman Falls
Confederation Lake Trail
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park
Skookumchuk Narrows Trail
Smuggler's Cove Provincial Park
Tetrahedron Recreation Area

Trail information in this section is kindly provided in part by the Vancouver Island Trails Information Society, through their three superb Hiking Trails guides on Vancouver Island.









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