Life is better when you take the scenic route. While not all of us love to lace up our hiking boots, we all can appreciate the beauty of a waterfall or the epic lookout from a mountain peak. Thankfully there are plenty of natural gems that are easy to reach and won't even make you break a sweat. To help you make the most of the warm weather, we've gathered up a list of incredible B.C. hiking trails you'll want to try as soon as it's warm enough to leave your layers at home.
You might be surprised how many stunning natural gems you didn't even realize are close to home. Within our province, we have no shortage of easy walking paths that would be perfect for an afternoon adventure with your BFF.
Or if you have been going to check out the Old Baldy Mountain swing on repeat, we have another spot you need to discover. There is another secret swing where you fly through the air above the crashing waves.
The only challenge will be deciding which to do first. So it is time to text your friends and start planning as adventure awaits.
Address: MacMillan Provincial Park, 452 Alberni Hwy., Nanaimo F, BC
Why You Need To Go: You can follow an easy flat path through an ancient forest. Some of the trees here are over 800 years old.
Address: Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Duffey Lake Rd., Mount Currie, BC
Why You Need To Go: The 7.7-kilometre trail will take you past three lakes in different shades of blue.
Address: Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, 38049 3 Ave., Squamish, BC
Why You Need To Go: Skip the gym and invite you BFF to join you for this 11-kilometre hike instead. The roundtrip journey will take you roughly six hours but it worth it for the breathtaking vistas from the top.
Address: Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, Whistler, BC
Why You Need To Go: For a quick and painless hike, this is a fantastic choice. It will only take you around 15 minutes to reach this magnificent 70-metre tall waterfall.
Address: Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, BC
Why You Need To Go: For the ultimate way to soak in the sunshine you can head to gorgeous Mystic Beach. Here you can spend a peaceful afternoon swing next to the crashing surf.
Wild Pacific Trail
Address: Ucluelet, BC
Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you've escaped to Australia as you follow the coastline and see dense forest and sandy beaches.
Address: 4902 Beacon Ln., West Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: It is a quick hike close to Vancouver where you'll see plenty of birds and an Instagram-worthy lighthouse.
Address: Whistler, BC
Why You Need To Go: The spring is the perfect time to visit, as all the extra rain and melting snow means the falls will have gushing water that makes for a beautiful photo.
Parkhurst Ghost Town
Address: Parkhurst, Whistler, BC
Why You Need To Go: Here you can explore an abandoned ghost town. While here, you'll see the colourful graffiti on the remains of the eerie old settlement.
Address: Myra Creek, Comox-Strathcona D, BC
Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a slice of paradise relaxing next to Myra Falls with your friends.
Address: 1700 Mt. Seymour Rd., North Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: You'll want to head here when it isn't cloudy, so you can take in the incredible lookout of Vancouver. The full trip will take you two hours to complete the 5-kilometre hike.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.