Hiking the East Beach Trail on Haida Gwaii

East Beach. Photo: Stephen Hui
East Beach. Photo: Stephen Hui

I often say that my most memorable backpacking trip was the 10 days I spent on the 178-kilometre Sunshine Coast Trail in B.C.

The East Beach Trail, which is found in Naikoon Provincial Park on Haida Gwaii, is second on the list. Running from Tlell (Tllaal) to Tow Hill (Taaw) via the East Beach (GaahllsGagas), Rose Spit (Nee Kun), and North Beach (Gaatguusd), this remote coastal route covers 89 kilometres on Graham Island in Haida Nation territory.

Our hike lasted six days. We camped at Cape Ball River (MaaGan Gandlaay), East Beach lumber pile, Oeanda River (Xuuya Gandlee), Cape Fife (Sk’aw Gandalaa), and North Beach. Continue reading “Hiking the East Beach Trail on Haida Gwaii”

Hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail in B.C.

Tin Hat Mountain. Photo: Stephen Hui
Tin Hat Mountain. Photo: Stephen Hui

The Sunshine Coast Trail extends 178 kilometres from Sarah Point to Saltery Bay, via Powell River, in Tla’amin Nation territory.

Four sections of the SCT are highlighted in my new guidebook, 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia: Fairview Bay (Hike 86), Walt Hill (Hike 87), Confederation Lake (Hike 88), and Manzanita Bluff (Hike 89). Continue reading “Hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail in B.C.”

Hiking the Hudson’s Bay Company (1849) Heritage Trail in B.C.

Mount Davis. Photo: Stephen Hui
Mount Davis. Photo: Stephen Hui

Crossing the Cascade Mountains, the Hudson’s Bay Company (1849) Heritage Trail extends 74 km (46 mi) between Hope and Tulameen, in the territories of the Nlaka’pamux, Stó:lō, and Upper Similkameen peoples.

Three sections of the HBC Trail are featured in my new guidebook, 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia: Manson’s Ridge (Hike 69), Palmer’s Pond (Hike 70), and Podunk Creek (Hike 73). Continue reading “Hiking the Hudson’s Bay Company (1849) Heritage Trail in B.C.”

9 sublime B.C. trails in the new 105 Hikes book

Upper Twin Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui
Upper Twin Lake. Photo: Stephen Hui

Can you feel the excitement? There are just two weeks left until the launch of 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia. The publication date for my debut hiking guidebook is May 26.

105 Hikes is an all-new, expanded follow-up to Mary and David Macaree’s venerable 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia. The B.C. Mountaineering Club and The Mountaineers of Seattle originally published 103 Hikes in 1973, and Jack Bryceland authored the sixth and last edition in 2008.

Offering a selection of trails in northern Washington, colour photographs and maps, kid-friendly options, and rainy-day recommendations, 105 Hikes is not an update of the previous guide; it’s a completely new book. The first edition introduces features such as an at-a-glance summary of all the hikes, a rating system for quality and difficulty, and shorter or longer options for many outings. Continue reading “9 sublime B.C. trails in the new 105 Hikes book”