We’ve had some great adventures in British Columbia the past few years. Here are our top 3 favourite spots to hike and camp we’ve been to so far.
Mt. Robson & Berg Lake Trail
This past June we hiked and camped along the world-renowned Berg Lake Trail. Located in Mount Robson Provincial Park in east, central British Columbia, just west of the British Columbia/Alberta border. The trail takes you through some of the most amazing scenery that you’ll ever lay your eyes one.
The 23km (One-Way) Berg Lake Trail traverses three biogeoclimatic zones and connects seven campgrounds along the way. We spend a total of 4 nights between the Trailhead and Berg Lake.
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is about a 3.5 hour drive from Vancouver. The 10km round trip hike will take you to 3 beautiful turquoise lakes, a spectacular glacier and mountain peaks.
From the parking lot, the first of 3 lakes is just a short 5 minute easy hike. Once you take in the view of the first lake it’s time to continue on to the more challenging trek to Middle and Upper Joffre lakes. Don’t worry, it’s well worth the reward as each lake gets more and more beautiful.
The Semaphore lakes area is a relatively short 2.5km hike accessible from the Hurley River Forest Service Road (FSR). The Semaphore Lakes trail starts from the 22KM mark of the Hurley River FSR. The trailhead is marked by flagging tape on a small tree where the car pullout.
While it is relatively short 2.5KM one way hike, at times the trail is quite steep and you will be climbing up over lots of slippery roots, rocks and more than a few muddy spots along the way. Make sure you have proper footwear!
Once you reach the Semaphore Lakes base you’ll see an area surrounded by the “school of railroad mountains” such as Locomotive, Tender, Caboose, Handcar, Faceless, Face etc. In the Semaphore Lakes area there is a series of trails snaking around so make sure you leave enough time to spend wandering so you can find all the little lakes and tarns in the meadow. Or better yet, camp overnight!
What is your favourite hike in BC? We’d love to hear in the comments!