Vancouver Island is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in Canada. Vancouver Island’s most well-known hike is the West Coast Trail, but there are dozens of other hikes, of all lengths from short walks to multi-day treks. Here’s a list of some of our favorites that you won’t want to miss.
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This hike loops through some magnificent old growth of Douglas fir to a Cliffside above the Straight of Geogia. The hike is about five kilometers that circle Saint John’s Point with excellent views of the ocean. You will even see sea lions on the offshore rocks and field and fields of wildflowers in the early spring months.
Wild Pacific Trail
This hike begins just down the road from Tofino. It’s a spectacular trail made even more beautiful when there’s a moody storm brewing. It can be broken into three sections. The Lighthouse Loop is a 2.5 km trail that begins are point that leads you to a point jutting out into the waters. The waves of the ocean slam full force against the rocks and you can feel the vibration of force from hundreds of feet away. A quieter, less intense section is the hike to Browns Beach. It begins next to the Black Rock Resort following the coastline north to a parking lot on the highway. This trail winds through old growth of rainforest leading you to viewpoints looking out onto the Pacific.
Ripple Rock is a twin topped mountain just below the ocean surface of Seymour Narrows. Views range from dense forest and snaking waterways to mountain peaks off in the distance. If you’re looking for a variety of views and varied terrain, this is a good trail for you.
This trail is similar to the West Pacific, but it does take more money and effort to reach. This trail will take about five to six days to complete, it’s not for the novice hiker, but it’s the only trail were you will come across Japanese glass fishing floats on the west coast.