The best way to see our region is to walk or
hike. Only then can you fully appreciate the wildlife,
plants and geology.
If you are new to hiking our trails,
join the BV
Backpackers who lead no-cost hikes and ski
tours every week of the year
We have trails of all types. There are short
trails within our towns' boundaries and longer trails
within a short drive. We also have very remote trails
for the adventurous.
We have a lot of excellent trails in North-Central
British Columbia. Many were built in the early 1900s
to serve prospectors. In addition, there are many mountains
that have no established trails and present a wilderness
challenge for the most ardent explorer or heli-hiker.
Unlike many other mountainous areas, our alpine areas
receive enough rain and snow to support lush
alpine meadows with many grasses, sedges and alpine
In our region, there are very few vehicle roads
that extend to above timberline. That means that you
must hike to reach timberline on many mountains. Limited
access has saved many alpine areas from damage by vehicles
and has kept the alpine areas pristine.
As you can see from the photos, our mountains vary
from rounded and flat-topped to very rugged peaks with
towering rock faces and glaciers. There is something
for all, from the casual walker to the serious hiker
and the daring rock or ice climber.
Sub-alpine and town trails are used all year-round.
Alpine trails are usually accessible for hiking from
July 1 to mid October. Otherwise you'll need snowshoes
or skis to cross the snow pack.