Hiking is a favorite pastime for a great deal of British Columbians. It's not because people who live in B.C. necessarily have a proclivity for hiking over other activities, it's more so because there are just so many trails to follow. After all, people like to do the things that they have easy access to. This may be a lazy trait, but a difficult hike is not for lethargic slackers.\nThe Metro-Vancouver area, specifically, spoils its citizens with an assortment of hikes, most of which are musts for anyone who claims to love the outdoors or wants to really feel like a British Columbian. But not all are located around Vancouver. There are specific trails threaded throughout the province that are absolute musts for anyone wanting to have an authentic British Columbian experience.\nWhether they're near the 604 or deep in the backwoods of the province, here are some of the hikes you should try before calling yourself a true British Columbian.\nContent disclaimer: We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. The locations listed below may or may not have changed their regulations in regards to what you can or cannot do on site since the article was last updated. Always consult with local authorities. If you do plan to visit a location, know the risks beforehand and respect the environment.\nGolden Ears Provincial Park\nWhere To Find: Ridge Meadows\n@adrianasinkeembedded via\nGolden Ears trail, nestled in Golden Ears Provincial Park, offers some utterly spectacular views that would blow anyone away. It starts off as a long, fairly easy hike, but becomes increasingly difficult once you've passed the midway point. Also, make sure you finish this hike by 11 PM as the gate will be locked and you'll be forced to stay overnight.\nThe Lions\nWhere To Find: Lions Bay/ West Vancouver\n@adrianasinkeembedded via\nIt takes between 7 - 10 hours to complete The Lions though there are many suitable points to stop and turn around along the way. It would be described as a difficult hike, but to reach the summit itself it does take a technically skilled climber. Gorgeous views of the Howe Sound can be seen along the way. This is an absolutely iconic British Columbian hike.\nWidgeon Falls\nWhere To Find: Ridge Meadows\n@unionwoodcoembedded via\nIf you're looking for an easier hike with little elevation but still experience all of the stunning B.C., this is the hike for you. Most of it is through the marsh-lands which means you can actually bring (or rent) a canoe or kayak along with you. Additionally, there are also places for you to jump in and take a dip. This is definitely one of the more unique trails in the province.\nThe Grouse Grind\nWhere To Find: West Vancouver\n@grousemountainembedded via\nThe Grouse Grind is trendy, to say the least. It's something that most Vancouverites attempt at least once. It consists of four quarters, the last two of which are exceptionally steep. However, it's a short hike through the woods only meant for intense exercise. The stunning view of Vancouver is the pay-off, along with a beer if you choose to visit the bar at the top.\nPanorama Ridge\nWhere To Find: Whistler\n@tomhill_photographyembedded via\nPanorama Ridge is a difficult hike located not far from the world-famous ski-resort town of Whistler. On average, it takes about 11 hours to finish the entire trail, though it's best done over two days. It also should be noted that not all the best views, including meadows of wildflowers, are saved for the finale. The hike overlooks Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk, and the Helm lake area.\nAl's Habrich Ridge Trail\nWhere To Find: Squamish\n@rozgroenewoudembedded via\nSweeping views of the Howe Sound is what you'll find on this intermediate hike located just outside of Squamish, B.C. It starts by taking the Sea-To-Sky-Gondola up to the start of the hike. The end-point of the trail is marked by the scenic Neverland Lake, but before you get there you'll have to venture through a backcountry full of yellow cedars.\nBrandywine Falls\nWhere To Find: Whistler\n@tomhill_photographyembedded via\nThough this trail only takes about 30 to 45 minutes to do, the stunning waterfall at the end is more than worth the trip up to Whistler. This is less of a hike and more of a scenic destination. Regardless, it's a quintessential B.C. spot that must be enjoyed. For those wishing for a more intense hike, Brandywine Mountain isn't too far away.\nThe Stawamus Chief\nWhere To Find: Squamish\n@sabsycembedded via\nOther than the Grouse Grind, you won't find a more iconic hike in B.C. than The Chief. Located along Highway 99, the top of this hike offers panoramic views of the Howe Sound, the village of Squamish, and the surrounding mountain peaks. The dome-shaped mountain itself is so distinctive, it's hard to miss. It's best to start this hike from the Shannon Falls parking lot.\nJuan De Fuca Marine Trail\nWhere To Find: Juan De Fuca Provincial Park / Vancouver Island\n@calibreusembedded via\nThis B.C. trail allows hikers to view some of the most isolated shorelines in all of B.C. It's a moderate hiking experience but takes multiple days to fully enjoy it. It's a long one so bring camping gear. This trail is also not for the faint of heart as both bears and cougars have been spotted along it. Enjoy, but be careful.\nMount Galiano\nWhere To Find: Galiano Island\n@mountainman_millerembedded via\nLocated on the picturesque Galiano Island, this day hike offers spectacular views of the surrounding islands, including Mayne and Salt Spring. Traveling to Galiano island from the mainland might require an overnight stay, but the hike itself isn't too difficult or long. You may even spot a bald eagle or three along the way.\nMount Steele\nWhere To Find: Tetrahedron Provincial Park/ Sechelt\n@sabsycembedded via\nThis is a destination of choice for hikers. The Tetrahedron Outdoor Club maintains the trails and facilities to a Grade-A standard. Most of the hike itself is through unbelievably beautiful forests. Up to is a view that will knock your socks off. The hike can be enjoyed on a day-trip or you could even spend the hike and go a little bit further.\nBerg Lake Trail\nWhere To Find: Mount Robson Provincial Park/ Mount Robson\n@furstyembedded via\nDue to the 800 meter incline in just under 23 kilometers, The B.C. Parks website states that "the trail traverses three biogeoclimatic zones". This means that you'll need to pack warmer clothes. On the trail, hikers will cross paths with glaciers, wildflowers, snowy mountain tops, and waterfalls. It pretty much has something for everybody, making it a "B.C. must". Berg Lake Trail is far from Vancouver, located half-way up the province on the border of Alberta.\nGlacier Crest\nWhere To Find: Golden\n@scarfonephotoembedded via\nGlacier Crest is a pretty challenging hike that rewards its travelers with breath-taking views, particularly of Mount Sir Donald. The trail offers rolling countrysides and thickly wooded forests. It may be a bit of a drive from Vancouver, but you'll seldom find a more beautiful spot.