Mountain and trail hiking in the Fraser Canyon is not only a breath of fresh air, it is also a breathtaking experience. The views are amazing, the exercise is superb, and the scenery is unbelievable. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or inexperienced adventurer, there is a trail for all calibres and interest. The trails are a birdwatchers and photographers paradise and are all dog friendly, so you can bring your "best friend" along too. Amazing views and endless outdoor activities plan your next outdoor adventure trip in the Fraser Canyon. There are literally hundreds of marked trails in the Fraser Canyon so when you are visiting drop by our visitor information centers located in Hope, Lytton, Cache Creek Lillooet and Harrison to find out the many hiking opportunities available.
Located in Hope Rotary nature trails are great for casual outdoor walks and are suitable for all ages. The trail has a great view of the Coquihalla River and the Fraser River with a portion of it running alongside the Hope Gold Country Club. There is also a picnic park at the base of the trails for a rest when you're done. To get there, drive east down Wallace Street, turn left on Fourth until it turns onto Wardle Street and at the end of Wardle Street you will see a carved archway marking the trailhead.
Located in Yale you can find the Spirit Caves, which give you a great view of the Canyon overlooking Yale. At the top of the trail you can find the caves hidden behind some large rocks, these caves are known for their mystic whistling sound made when the wind blows through them. The trail is moderately hard and has some areas that can prove to be more difficult. It is 5km long and an elevation gain of 500m, a round trip is approximately 3 hours. To get there visit Yale, which is 25km from Hope, and look for the sign on the left side of the highway. Be sure to pack a lunch, lots of water and bring your camera.
Silverdaisy Mountain Trail is located outside of Hope towards Manning Provincial Park it's at its best between the months of July and September. The skill level for this trail is difficult it's 20 km long, takes 9 hours to complete, and the elevation gain is 1435 m. To get there, head east along Old Hope-Princeton way, take Exit 177 east onto Highway #3 toward Manning Provincial Park and continue 29.5 km to the Sumallo Grove Picnic Area. The trailhead is on your right hand side.
Falls Lake, near Hope, is on the Coquihalla Highway the Falls Lake Hiking Trail is an easy trail, only about 2 km long and takes about 2 hours to complete. It is ideal for hiking in the spring, summer and fall and for a quick snowshoe in the winter. The trail takes you through a beautiful interior forest setting to an alpine lake. Some tenting spots are available around the lake. Experienced hikers can navigate the surrounding peaks for better views. On the way down if you would like to take a change of scenery, follow an old forestry access road. (Look for an overgrown road near the beaches.) This road will take you directly to where you parked your car. To get there take the Falls Lake exit from the Coquihalla Highway and drive a short distance to an unsigned trailhead. There is a large open space on your right and across the road you will see a set of steps indicating the start of the trail. It's an ideal trail for birdwatchers
Mount Outram, located in Manning Provincial Park, is an awesome hiking trail. The skill level is rated difficult because of the steep terrain. The trail is a 6000 ft. climb in 9 km the trailhead starts at the Manning Park Engineers Trail and soon splits off onto the BCFS Mount Outram Trail. The trail switches back through the forest until you cross a creek. It then continues to switch back further until you hit the meadows. After the meadows and some more switch backs, you will find a rocky bluff and then a small lake. This is a superb place to camp if you're staying the night. The final 1000 feet is steep and involves climbing a scree slope. Do not give up as the view is spectacular. The trip takes 9 hours. If you plan on hiking it in one day you will need to leave early. To get there drive east on Highway 1, take the Highway 3 exit towards Manning Park and park at the Manning Park sign.
The Trans-Canada Trail is the world's longest, and most diverse hiking trail connecting three oceans. The trail is over 22,000 km long and you can hike the entire trail, however many people hike small sections of personal interest or sections close to where they live. 4 of 5 Canadians live within 30 minutes from the trail the Trans-Canada trail runs right through Canyon Country. The difficulty varies; some sections are easy and even wheel-chair accessible, while other sections can prove to be difficult. There are some great online resources that can help provide you the information. Or you can visit the Hope Visitor Information Center.
Dog Mountain Trail is a great trail to take a walk through old growth forest. The trail that is 3 km long and it only takes 1 hour to complete. The Skill level is for intermediate hikers and is best hiked in the spring and summer. To get to Dog Mountain from Hope head east on Highway # 1 across the Fraser Hope bridge and turn right on Highway # 7. The trail starts about 1 km into Highway # 7. Park near the weight scales and cross the road. The trailhead is on the right hand side facing westbound.
One of British Columbia's Newest Wilderness Protected Areas, The Mehatl Creek Provincial Park is one of the Fraser Canyon's best kept secrets! Enjoy 23,860 hectares of alpine ridges, lush sub alpine meadows, and amazing old growth forests in a quiet and breathtaking setting. This Provincial Park is most popular for the Mehatl falls which can be discovered by a 30 minute hiking a trail along the mehatl river. Seasonal activities include hiking wildlife viewing, bird watching, photography, Fishing , back country camping and more. Mehatl Creek Provincial Park was designated to park status in July, 1999, The park area is the traditional territory of the Nlaka-pamux Nation, who have occupied the area for thousands of years. Several culturally modified trees are found along the lower Mehatl. Oral history has indicated this park was a route with which the Nlaka-pamux traded with the Mt. Currie First Nations. The park lies in a transition zone that exhibits both coastal and interior characteristics. Lower elevations are noted for stands of coastal western hemlock and interior Douglas fir. Englemann Spruce, subalpine fir, mountain hemlock, and lodge pole pine can be found at higher elevations, and above those, alpine tundra. Many of the stands in the subalpine environment are old growth forests. The portion of the creek below the falls protects Chinook, bull trout and rainbow trout spawning. Portions of the park are an important breeding and nesting habitat for harlequin duck. In combination with the Nahatlatch and Stein protected areas, Mehatl Creek Provincial Park offers habitat for species that are dependent on old-growth ecosystems and a high degree of wilderness. The valley is prime habitat for grizzly bears, black bears, and cougars. Other species in the park area include wolves, lynx, mountain goats, mule deer, and spotted owl. This Park is undeveloped and isolated, there are no sign or trail guides, visitors must have wilderness experience, this park is not patrolled visitors should be self-sufficient.