.Vancouver

Whistler is situated about two hours north of Vancouver in the Sea to Sky corridor. This area is, without a doubt, the outdoor capital of North America. World class snowboarding, heli-skiing, backcountry skiing, big wall climbing along with the the infamous "north shore extreme" mountain bike area are a few of the reasons why.

 
 
 

Had enough? We're just getting warmed up. You'll also find excellent scuba diving, sea kayaking, whitewater paddling, hiking, camping, backpacking and mountaineering. This says nothing of the ready access to spectacular alpine meadows, waterfalls, fjords, glaciers and 8000ft mountains overlooking the blue pacific.

British Columbia has recognized it's phenomenal natural riches by protecting large swatches of the Province and thus ensuring that outdoor recreational activities thrive. This foresight has paid off in spades returning huge dividends each year in the form of throngs of visitors who stand in awe at the natural splendor of the province and the outdoor playground it presents them.

Provincial Parks

Surrounding Region - Sea to Sky

Garibaldi Provincial Park - Backcountry Camping (no front country), huts, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing Located in the Sea to Sky corridor of the Coast and Mountains off Highway 99. The park surrounds and forms the back drop for Whistler resort. A spectacular unspoiled wilderness area it is readily accessible to those with the back country skills and stamina... more

Cypress Provincial Park - Backcountry Camping (no front country), hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and downhill skiing The park is 3,012 hectares in size and is located within a stones throw of the city of Vancouver off Highway 99. On a clear day, the lookout situated on the road into the park provides a spectacular view of the city and beyond... more

Mount Seymour Provincial Park - Backcountry camping (no front country), hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horse trails, snowshoeing, snowboarding and downhill skiing The park overlooks Vancouver and on a clear day provides a spectacular view of the city and if you're lucky the 10,000ft peak of Mount Baker. The park is located on Mount Seymour Road just north of the parkway, 15 km north of Vancouver, just off of Hwy 1 in North Vancouver. Outside of the ski centre this is wilderness area just 30 minutes from Vancouver... more

Golden Ears Provincial Park - Reservations, front country camping, backcountry camping, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horse packing, canoe camping, sea kayaking, swimming A spectacular park 48km east of Vancouver off highway 7. The park has easy car access with trails into the backcountry and several significant peaks which can be reached by park trails. The park butts up against Mount Garibaldi Park at its north boundary providing a seamless corridor of untouched wilderness surrounding the populous lower mainland... more

Note: Golden Ears isn't in the Sea to Sky corridor but it's listed here since it forms the southern boundary with Garibaldi Park and along with Garibaldi it provides some of the most accessible wilderness recreation possibilities in the lower mainland.

Alice Lake - Reservations, front country camping, hiking, swimming The park has 88 front country campsites. The park has its own trail network and with a short drive you can easily get access to the backcountry trails which will take you to the Black Tusk and Diamond Head areas of Garibaldi Provincial Park. The park is fften used by campers intending to visit Whistler, which is less than and hour by car. Make sure you have reservations in the high season. From Vancouver take the Lions Gate Bridge into West Vancouver then head up Taylor Way to the Upper Levels Highway and head west towards Whistler. The park is just off Hwy 99, approximately 13km north of Squamish.

Brandywine Falls Provincial Park - Reservations, Front country camping, hiking trails, waterfall The park is located just 11km south of the town of Whistler on Highway 99 from Vancouver. The waterfalls are spectacular and well worth a visit. The park is perhaps the best base base camp you'll find for exploring Whistler, Garibaldi and the surrounding areas. Reservations are a must in high season. From Vancouver take the Lions Gate Bridge into West Vancouver then head up Taylor Way to the Upper Levels Highway and head west towards Whistler.

Nairn Fall Provincial Park - Front country camping, hiking, swimming, waterfall The park has over 80 front country campsites available. The Nairn Falls after which the park is named are a spectacular site at 60m in height. The park along with Brandywine Falls and Alice Lake are often used by campers who need a base station from which to explore Garibaldi Park or Whistler. Reservations are a must in high season. The park is located just off Highway 99 approximately 32km north of Whistler. From Vancouver take the Lions Gate Bridge into West Vancouver then head up Taylor Way to the Upper Levels Highway and head west passed Whistler.

Porteau Cove - Reservations, front country camping, scuba diving, sea kayaking There are 44 Front Country and 15 Walk-in. A lot of the parks campsites are situated right on the water. The park and the surrounding area are well know to have great scuba diving. The park is locate on the shores of Howe Sound on Hwy 99 south of Squamish about 9km from Britannia Beach. From Vancouver take the Lions Gate Bridge into West Vancouver then head up Taylor Way to the Upper Levels Highway and head west towards Whistler.

Shannon Falls - Hiking, water falls From Vancouver take the Lions Gate Bridge into West Vancouver then head up Taylor Way to the Upper Levels Highway and head west towards Whistler.

Stawamus Chief - Front Country Camping, Climbing, Hiking A world class climbing destination, the park has some of the best, most accessible big wall climbing in North America. From Vancouver take the Lions Gate Bridge into West Vancouver then head up Taylor Way to the Upper Levels Highway and head west towards Whistler. The park is just across from Squamish.


 

Forests in British Columbia

BC Forest Service Recreation from the BC Forest Service

BC Forests have over eleven hundred camping sites scattered throughout the province. Some are managed and some are user managed, with some of the managed sites charging a fee for camping. In addition the Forest Service has a large network of trails it oversees, which include some of the finest hiking in the province.


 

Rivers and Lakes in the Coast and Mountains Region

Rivers

  • Anderson
  • Ashly Creek
  • Coquihalla
  • Cheakamus
  • Chilliwack
  • Clendenning Creek
  • Elaho
  • Harrison River - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route description - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Hope Slough - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Fraser River - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Lillooet
  • Mamquam
  • Meager Creek
  • Nahatlatch
  • Nicomekl River - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Nicomen Slough - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Pitt Polder - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Pitt River - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • River of Golden Dreams - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Salmon River - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Serpentine River - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Skagit
  • Simon Fraser
  • Squamish
  • Stave
  • Stein River
  • Sumas River - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Toba
  • Vedder River - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Widgeon River - Vancouver Coast and Mountains, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions
  • Dease River - Vancouver Coast and Mountians, route descriptions - Canoe Trips British Columbia - Jack Wainright, Summit Productions

 

Lakes

  • Alouette Lake - Golden Ears Provincial Park, Coast and Mountains
  • Alice Lake - Alice Lake Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Alta Lake - Whistler
  • Anderson Lake
  • Buntzen Lake
  • Burnaby Lake - Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Capilano Lake
  • Carpenter Lake
  • Chehalis Lake - Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Chilliwack Lake - Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Coquitlam Lake
  • Cultus Lake - Cultus Lake Provincial Park, Coast and Mountians
  • Daisy Lake
  • Deer Lake - Burnaby, Coast and Mountains
  • Deer Lake - Harrison Hotsprings, Coast and Mountains
  • Garibaldi Lake
  • Green Lake - Whistler
  • Harrison Lake - Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Haslam Lake
  • Hatzic Lake - Coast and Mountains
  • Harrison Lake - Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Lilloet
  • Lois Lake
  • Pitt Lake - Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Powell Lake
  • Ross Lake
  • Seton Lake
  • Seymour Lake
  • Stave Lake - Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Wahleach Lake

 

Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list.

 
 
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