Frosty Mountain–Cool views and alpine larches, too!

Quick Facts: Location: North Cascades, E.C. Manning Provincial Park Land Agency: BC Parks Roundtrip: 13.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3820 feet Contact: E.C. Manning Provincial Park Notes: Dogs permitted on leash. Practice Leave No Trace principles. Access: From Vancouver BC follow Trans-Canada Highway 1 east to Hope. Then continue east on BC 3 (Crowsnest Highway) for 37.5 miles and […]

Cheam Lake Wetlands–Birding hotspot where the North Cascades meet the Fraser River

  Quick Facts: Location: Popkum, Fraser Valley Regional District, BC Land Agency: Fraser Valley Regional Parks Round Trip: 2.5 miles (4.0 km) roundtrip Elevation Gain: minimal Contact: Fraser Valley Regional Parks Notes: Dogs prohibited Access: From Vancouver, BC follow Trans-Canada Highway 1 east to Exit 138 (12 miles /20 kilometers east of Chilliwack). Turn left […]

Swan Lake and Christmas Hill –A very merry hike minutes from downtown Victoria

Quick Facts: Location: Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island Land Agency: Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary Roundtrip: 3.5 miles/ 5.6 kilometers Elevation gain: 325 feet/ 100 meters Contact:  Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary  Notes: dogs prohibited Access: From Victoria or Sidney, follow BC 17 (Patricia Bay Highway) exiting onto McKenzie Ave. Proceed east turning right onto Rainbow […]

Mount Wells– Victoria area summit gushes with flowers and views

Quick Facts: Location: Victoria—Langford, BC Land Agency: Capital Regional District Parks Roundtrip: 2.0 miles/ 3.2 km Elevation gain: 865 feet/ 264 m Maps: CRDP site Contact: Capital Regional District Parks Notes: dogs permitted on leash; please stay on trail to protect rare plants Access: From Victoria, follow Trans-Canada Highway 10.5 for miles (17 km) exiting […]