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Tips to safely hike BC’s most popular trails

July 22, 2022

Found in Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places

The most popular hikes around Vancouver are known for lush forest trails, challenging terrain, and stunning views. But some of them are also known for having the highest number of search and rescue calls in BC, which affects regional search and rescue groups.

Whether you’re a visitor to BC or a local, it’s important to remember that these hikes might be easy to get to, but that doesn’t make them easy.

Want to learn more about planning an overnight hike from BC AdventureSmart? Sign up for the free webinar on July 28 at 6pm PT, supported by MEC.

Hiking tips for popular trails

To help you prepare for your next hike, BC AdventureSmart has created trail-specific safety videos for the 11 trails with the most search and rescue incidents. Watch these short videos to learn:

  • Details about the terrain and elevation

  • What to bring on this hike

  • The best time to hike this trail

  • How long this hike will take

The information in the videos can help you decide if this trail is a good match for your skills, or if it might be better to choose a different one. Here’s a closer look at some of the most popular hikes near Vancouver.

Stawamus Chief

Hiking to the top of the Chief offers panoramic views of Howe Sound, Squamish, and Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Eagle Bluffs Trail

Whether you hike this trail from Horseshoe Bay or Cypress Mountain Resort, Eagle Bluffs is a beautiful viewpoint.

Mount Seymour Trail

Wind up through forest and past the ski resort to reach one, two or three peaks that feature views of greater Vancouver and mountains as far as the eye can see.

Get ready for your hike by following these hiking safety tips – your goal is to make it home safe.


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