Discover the best top things to do in British Columbia, British Columbia including Pacific Rim National Park, Gwaii Haanas National Park, Bugaboos Provincial Park, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Muncho Lake Provincial Park, Yoho National Park, Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, Cathedral Provincial Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park, Shannon Falls Provincial Park.
5.0 based on 1,337 reviews
Unique park composed of three sections - Long Beach, the West Coast Trail and the Broken Group of Islands - that feature sandy beaches, island archipelagos, temperate rainforests and important archaeological sites.
The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve consists of 3 units stretching from Tofino, the northern end, to Port Renfrew at the southern end, on Vancouver Island. These 3 units are: 1) The Long Beach Unit located between the beach towns of Tofino and Ucluelet, 2) The Broken Group Islands located in Barkley Sound and accessible only by boat, and 3) The West Coast Trail stretching for 75 km from Pachena Bay to Port Renfrew. Only experienced trekkers should attempt this trail. We got to explore the Broken Group of Islands when we joined one of the Whale Watching tour operators in Ucluelet. We were taken across the small islands in Barkley Sound, towards the south-east of Ucluelet, and saw the spectacular views of these islands covered by a small forest of trees, and rocks with a lot of kelp floating around. Finally the captain of the motorised boat spotted a humpback whale which we followed for quite a while as it kept spouting and breaking the surface of the water every few minutes. We even saw a group of grunting and squabbling sea lions on a rocky island, a sea otter floating on it’s back in the water, and some sea eagles perched up on tall trees of some of the islands. Likewise, a walk along the Long Beach near Tofino and along the West Coast Trail must be as mesmerizing for the incredible coastline scenery with the temperate rain-forests of the islands meeting the ever turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean. Keep your eyes open to spot some of the wonderful aquatic and terrestrial fauna like whales, orcas, dolphins, wolves, bears, cougars, and myriads of smaller creatures along the shore.
5.0 based on 103 reviews
nice place. i really enjoyed the water. very windy. bring a jacket and a hat! also it can be raining here.
5.0 based on 81 reviews
Awesome campsite on Muncho Lake,clean and spacious.We stayed a few nites at McDonald Campground beutifull lake and lots off close hiking areas
5.0 based on 561 reviews
Another superb Canadian National Park with wonderful lakes, mountains and breathtaking views, definitely worth taking the time to visit on a trip around the Rockies, AB or BC in general.
4.5 based on 34 reviews
Hiking and fishing in Cathedral Park is a rare and exclusive privilege. To see its magnificent alpine meadows in full bloom and the panoramic vistas from its rugged ridges is once-in-a-lifetime experience. I can’t think of a much better way to reconnect even the most jaded traveller to nature and remind one of what life is truly worth living for. I just cannot say this more emphatically. This is a very special place. An inconsiderate Tripadvisor reviewer recently complained about the $120 cost for transportation in a 4x4 Suburban into the heart of this pristine wilderness park. That was shocking. I was expecting next to read that they thought a McDonalds is missing here. This person did have the choice to walk up a 1200 metre vertical climb over 16 kilometres on a rugged 4x4 road. This person clearly doesn’t understand what it truly costs to maintain a road and a safe fleet of vehicles to ferry the 20-30 people a day that take the shuttle to visit this alpine wonderland during the short June-September season. The ride would still be a steal at $250. Staying in the Park overnight is a great option at campsites that cost around $10 a day or in a rustic, comfortable but understandably expensive lodge and cabins. (Imagine the cost of maintaining a small, fully-serviced lodge, fresh meals and cabins available for only a few months a year.) Check-out the new Japanese style, wooden outdoor hot tubs to get an idea of what lengths they go to to look after their guests. This small wilderness park is just the way it should be to keep it pristine and uncrowded, yet accessible and easy to enjoy in comfort. It’s fortunately remote, exclusive and hard to get to. If the inconsiderate reviewer and hundreds more a day could drive their “Jeeps” there, this fragile wilderness would get spoiled in no time, just as quickly as the lakes teeming with trout would get depleted.
4.5 based on 464 reviews
This park is beautiful. It's an easy 25 km drive to the end of the road. From there it's a 1 km walk to the summit. There are several wonderful viewpoints and trails along the way. Do them all and you will have walked 10 km. The best trails are at the top where in August, Mother Nature creates the most spectacular garden of wildflowers. There are several trails here, take your time to enjoy this panorama of views and color. If you are are hiker you will want to take a day to hike the trail to Eva and Miller lakes. This 6 km trail leaves from the summit area and for the first part it's an easy walk through meadows. After the halfway mark the trail starts climbing, you cross several rock slides and then a short scramble to the top brings you to picturesque Eva lake. Be sure to walk at least halfway around the lake for some great views onto the other side of the mountain. On your return trip take the short side trail to Miller lake. This lake is situated in a valley with steep mountains above, quite different from Eva lake but just as beautiful. You will arrive back at your car tired but exhilarated from your day in this spectacular setting. Mother Nature has for a time erased COVID from your mind
4.5 based on 1,185 reviews
Beautiful waterfalls just outside of Squamish, easily accessible off the Sea to Sky Highway.
Wonderful little park with an easy walk to a beautiful waterfall. Kids climbed around and I was able to enjoy the area on my mobility scooter. You can choose a more rugged path to get up even closer to the falls but I still had a great view from my scooter. You would never know this lovely little oasis was in town. Parking was ample. There is a gift shop. About an hour to leisurely explore with kids.
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