Outdoor Gems in British Columbia

May 27, 2017

‘Splendour without diminishment’ is the provincial motto of the natural beauty we know as British Columbia. The westernmost province in Canada is abundant in lush rainforests, breathtaking mountains, rugged coastlines, surf swells and magnificent wildlife.

Year after year, visitors flock to British Columbia in search of a thrilling adventure in the great outdoors. Camera in-hand surrounded by the rich landscapes and seascapes, it’s truly a challenge to keep the awe-inspiring photographs and superb storytelling at bay.

In the spirit of #BringBackWildhood, here’s a roundup of some of our favourite Instagram snapshots of outdoor gems in British Columbia that feature scenic routes, stunning viewpoints and stellar shorelines. Enjoy and happy trip planning! ;)

1. Crazy Creek Suspension Bridge

Straddling the Okanagan and Kootenay Rockies regions is the Crazy Creek Suspension Bridge. Soak in the spectacular vistas (and feel the cool mist) of the canyon and waterfalls at Crazy Creek from the 240ft suspension bridge and pedestrian crossing. A gorgeous gorge, indeed.

We’re still gushing over this epic waterfall photo by our friend Dax Justin. Follow Dax’s journey via Wildhood Stories to see the other natural gems to explore in super natural British Columbia!

ps – If you totally fall in love with the area, stay for a picnic at the rest stop or camp overnight at the RV park.

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2. The Coquihalla

The Coquihalla ‘ or ‘The Coq’ as the locals say ‘ spans over 180 kilometres across Southern BC. This scenic route offers amazing views of dense forest and the Cascade Mountains. If you’re looking to travel this highway this summer, be aware of the scheduled road construction and plan accordingly.

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3. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

One of eight National Park Reserves in Canada, the Gulf Islands is a prime destination for outdoor enthusiasts on the west coast. Spanning over 36 square kilometres across 15 islands, this breathtaking region has lots to offer to avid hikers, kayakers, whale-watchers and beach-dwellers alike. Check out Parks Canada’s Top Ten Park Experiences for a little travel inspiration.

RVers are welcome at Parks Canada’s McDonald Campground on Vancouver Island ‘ a great base to camp and venture out to the Gulf Islands and Victoria.

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4. Silver Spring Lakes Trail

Take a short day trip from Fernie and head to Silver Spring Lakes Trail (near Elko) for a truly picturesque hike. Striking deep blue lakes, beautiful mountains and meadows of wildflowers all around. What more could you ask for on an afternoon hike?

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5. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Vancouver Island is a mecca of pristine nature and fascinating culture. Near Ucluelet, you’ll find Pacific Rim National Park. This outdoor playground abundant in rainforest hiking trails, year-round surfing, interpretive walks and wildlife watching.

Thinking of an island adventure in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary’ Take a page out of Parks Canada’s 150 Adventures in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

6. Terrace

Nestled along the Skeena River, Terrace is a haven for everything outdoorsy. Salmon fishing, paddling, mountain biking, rock climbing – you name it. Oh, did we mention the larger-than-life views of rugged mountain views and shimmering waters? Case in point: this remarkable sunset on Trapline Mountain.

Feeling inspired to map out your next road trip for #Canada150′ Get started with our handy RV trip planner. For tourism information on British Columbia, visit our friends at hellobc.com.

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