Mount Seymour offers a variety of summer recreation activities including picnicking, bird and wildlife viewing, mountain biking, and hiking. In the summer, Mt Seymour Resorts Ltd. offers a patio restaurant and bar and a Summer Kids Eco Adventure Camp in July and August. These mid-week day camps for 5-12 and 13-15 year olds offer children…
The highlight of this park is the turquoise blue waters of Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre lakes, all three of which are located along the trail. Their striking, saturated blue colour is caused by “rockflour” – or glacial silt – that is suspended in the water and reflects sunlight. Steeply rising from Lower Joffre Lake,…
Garibaldi Park’s rich geological history, diverse vegetation, snow-capped mountains, iridescent waters, abundant wildlife and scenic vistas all contribute to the immense beauty, and make it a year round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can access over 90km of hiking trails that take them to popular destinations including Elfin Lakes, Garibaldi Lake, and Panorama Ridge. This is purely…
This park, located on the North Shore Mountains, is very popular for hiking and skiing enthusiasts visiting the Vancouver area. No matter what the season or the weather, the park is an enjoyable place to visit and view the outlying areas of Vancouver. You’ll find many km of hiking trails, some of which are wheelchair…
The day-use area has been expanded for guests to enjoy the spectacular 70-meter falls and view of Daisy Lake. A short walk from Brandywine Falls’ viewing platform, along a short gentle trail, is another viewpoint of the magnificent Black Tusk. There are hiking trails to the Cal Cheak Suspension Bridge (2 hour return) and the…
One of the Sea to Sky’s best-kept secrets! Enjoy the peace and tranquility associated with wilderness camping from the comforts of a drive-in campground, situated only three hours north of Vancouver. A spacious day-use area includes sandy beaches, several picnic sites, a designated swimming area, and a concrete boat launch. The area includes over 11 km of…
Ruckle – Salt Spring Island
This park has a fascinating farm history as the Ruckle family’s involvement with this land dates back to 1872. There are extensive hiking trails, beachcombing and heritage farm buildings to explore. An excellent wildlife viewing area. Interpretive Programs run during summer months. Firewood is available for sale.
Juan de Fuca
Scenic beauty, spectacular hiking, marine/wildlife viewing, and roaring surf in its course along the Pacific coastline of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A 47 km trail from China Beach to Botanical Beach is used for hiking, camping, and surfing. It ranges from moderate to difficult, and features suspension bridges and spectacular views.
Gowlland Tod provides an excellent and extensive network of over 25 km of hiking trails, offering spectacular vistas, wildlife viewing, and opportunity for nature appreciation. In spring and early summer, moss-covered rocky knolls come alive with colourful, vibrant wildflowers. Tod Inlet provides boaters a view of the Butchart Gardens fireworks display in July and August.
If it’s outdoor recreation you’re after, Cowichan River Park is the place to go. Great for swimming, canoeing, white-water kayaking, tubing, camping, fishing, and hiking. Also, it’s a great place to take it easy in the sun; you’re bound to find something to do in this “recreation corridor”. Stoltz Pool is open year round.
This lush forested sanctuary is one of the most remarkable wild places on Vancouver Island. It contains diverse forest ecosystems, including a large Sitka spruce ecosystem that represents 2% of BC’s remaining old-growth forest. It is home to some of the world’s largest spruce trees and 1,000 year-old cedars.
Group camping, two day-use areas for picnicking and undeveloped beach areas for visitors to enjoy many water activities on Sproat Lake. A short trail from the campground area leads to the lake. For reservations of the group campsites, please contact Discover Camping 1-800-689-9025 or www.discovercamping.ca.
Well known for its great fishing. Stamp River is a year-round destination and well known for the annual run of Pacific salmon, which wait in the pool below Stamp Falls before moving up the fish ladders on their way to spawning beds. View points along the river offer excellent opportunities to observe the natural phenomenon…
Maquinna Marine (Hot Springs Cove)
This Park boasts naturally occurring hot springs and pools that interface with the tidal flux. There is a strictly enforced “leave no trace” policy – pack out everything you pack in. The Hot Springs are a highly fragile ecosystem and detergents or soaps are prohibited.
Englishman River Falls
Encompassed by an old growth Douglas Fir forest, which surrounds captivating cascading falls. There are some pools at the bottom of the falls for wading or soaking. 3 km of trails cross the river twice with viewpoints overlooking the falls. Just minutes from Coombs with the Goats on the Roof. Campground closed October through April.
Tribune Bay – Hornby Island
Tribune Bay located on Hornby Island is nicknamed “Little Hawaii” and features white sandy beaches that stretch endlessly out to meet an aquamarine sea. Boasting close to 1 km of fine white sand beach, the south-facing Tribune Bay is easily one of the most spectacular on the east side of Vancouver Island. Here, shallow waters…