10 awe-inspiring B.C. hikes to do before you die

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From Three Brothers Mountain to the North Coast Trail, these spectacular trips belong on your to-do list

Hikers in the Vancouver area are spoiled for choice.

From Black Tusk and the Stawamus Chief to the Howe Sound Crest Trail and Elk Mountain, the unceded First Nations territories of southwestern British Columbia have no shortage of spectacular trails.

Indeed, it’s downright difficult to narrow them down to a list of the best hikes within a day’s drive of Vancouver, so I’m not even going to try.

That being said, here’s 10 amazing day hikes and backpacking trips in B.C. that deserve to be on your ever-growing to-do list.

1. North Coast Trail

Where: Cape Scott Provincial Park, Vancouver Island.

Category: Multi-day backpack (7 days recommended, water taxi required).

There’s nothing easy about the North Coast Trail, a 43.1-kilometre extension to the Cape Scott Trail. But a backpacking trip on this rugged and remote trail at the northern tip of Vancouver Island just might be one of the best experiences of your life. If you’re thinking about tackling the NCT, I recommend obtaining a copy of Maria I. Bremner’s excellent guidebook, Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail (Harbour Publishing).

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