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British Columbia

    • Colombie-Britannique (French)
  • Capital » Victoria
  • Largest City » Vancouver
    • The third-largest metropolitan in Canada with about 2.5 million
    • Weather


  • Population » 5 million


  • Area » 944,735 sq km (364,764 sq mi)
  • British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains to the east
  •  BC is bordered to the north by Alaska, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories, to the east by Alberta, to the south by Washington, Idaho, and Montana, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean.



  • West Coast Trail – Vancouver Island – The 75km multi-day hike is one of the world’s best hiking trails (BestHike.com)
    • permits into the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve are required, limited, and in high demand — WCT Trail reservations
  • Chilkoot Trail (Dyea, Alaska, to Bennett Lake, Canada) (Map)
  • Kootenay National Park (Parks Canada)
    • Rockwall Trail – One of the best hikes in the Rockies (Video)
      • 5 or 6 day hike. Can be done in 4 days (but why?).
        • Hikers must be completely self-sufficient and provisioned.
      • The Rockwall Trail is a 55 km (34 mile) superlative-laden feast, traversing three alpine passes through subalpine meadows and past impressive hanging glaciers. The trail’s defining feature is a single, massive limestone cliff, towering in some locations more than 900 m (2953 feet) above the trail below. (Parks Canada)
      • Where’s the best hike in the Canadian Rockies? (Globe and Mail)

Roads & Ferries

  • Drive BC
  • BC Ferries
    • There is a ferry from Prince Rupert (North Coast on the mainland) to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island
      • Not a bad way to sail the inside passage inner islands and access northern Vancouver Island, but also not inexpensive. Much cheaper to drive.

Weather Conditions and Forecast


This page was updated May 4, 2023