10 Of The Most Scenic Backpacking Trips In Canada

West Coast Trail, British Columbia

Ever popular, the 75 km West Coast Trail is a physically demanding 6 – 8 day hike. Although the trails through the rainforest are not always beautiful, the campsites every night make up for it. This is a hike that takes some planning as you can do it in either direction; there are pros and cons for starting in Port Renfrew or Bamfield. Some of the highlights along the trail – apart from the beaches include Hole in the Rock, Pachena Lighthouse, fresh caught crab for lunch at Nitinat Narrows (bring cash to take advantage of this) and a tremendous sense of accomplishment upon completion.
Climbing one of the many ladders on the West Coast Trail

Lake Magog, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

Some of the best mountain scenery in Canada can be found in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. Unfortunately, it’s a haul to get there unless you fly in by helicopter. The prettiest way to access the area is via Sunshine Meadows though most people hike in via the Mt. Shark trailhead. Once at Lake Magog, there are many days of sublime hiking. Don’t miss a hike to Wonder Pass or the Nublet. If you don’t want to camp you can book a stay in the Naiset Huts or if you have deeper pockets, you can stay at Assiniboine Lodge.

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