Gott Peak. Photo: Stephen Hui
Gott Peak. Photo: Stephen Hui

My new book, Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, covers 55 beautiful hikes near Vancouver.

Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia
Available in paperback and ebook

Destination Hikes spans 272 pages and comes loaded with colour photographs, topographic maps, notes on nature and culture, and bonus stops of interest (check out what’s inside).

All of the trips featured in this book are distinct from those of the bestselling companion volume, 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia (see the table of contents for 105 Hikes). In combination, the two books offer a total of 160 different hikes!

Ready to get started? The table of contents is your guide to Destination Hikes.

  • Foreword by Cecilia Point
  • Introduction
  • Safety Matters
  • Outdoor Ethics
  • How to Use This Guide
  • Key to Map Symbols
  • Overview Map
  • Hikes at a Glance

Hikes North of Vancouver

North Shore

  1. Elsay Lake
    A secluded swimming hole worth sweating for
  2. South Needle
    Thread your way to solitude on the summit
  3. Kennedy Falls
    First stop: a giant western red cedar
  4. Dam Mountain
    After the Grouse Grind, keep going for superb city views
  5. Twin Sisters (The Lions)
    Get up close and personal with Vancouver’s rock stars


  1. Petgill Lake
    Swim and soak up the Howe Sound views
  2. Slhánay’
    Gain a unique perspective of Stawamus Chief Mountain
  3. Echo Lake
    Chase the best waterfall hike in Sea to Sky Country
  4. Crooked Falls
    Ancient giants, thundering water


  1. Helm Lake
    Fire and ice in the shadow of The Black Tusk
  2. Cheakamus Lake
    See the forest for the old-growth trees
  3. Singing Pass
    The hills are alive with a symphony of wildflowers
  4. Decker Mountain
    Get off the beaten path in the Spearhead Range
  5. Wedgemount Lake
    An alpine jewel worth the steep price of admission


  1. Semaphore Lakes
    A little piece of paradise in the Coast Mountains
  2. Marriott Basin
    Fall under the spell of a pair of enchanting lakes
  3. Blowdown Pass
    Swimming is bliss at Blowdown Lake
  4. Gotcha Peak
    Scramble above Blowdown Pass for a panoramic payoff
  5. Gott Peak
    The ridge walk is going to get you

Hikes East of Vancouver

Port Moody and Coquitlam

  1. Diez Vistas Trail
    The case of the hidden viewpoints
  2. Dennett Lake
    Make a splash on Burke Mountain

Maple Ridge to Harrison Hot Springs

  1. East Canyon Trail
    A trail of two beaches
  2. Mount Nutt Viewpoints
    Admire Golden Ears from afar
  3. Statlu Lake
    Drink up the sparkling mountain views


  1. Chadsey Lake
    Cool off on Sumas Mountain
  2. Taggart Peak
    Enjoy the silence beyond the Abby Grind


  1. Pierce Lake
    Lupines, thimbleberries, and big trees, oh my!
  2. Greendrop Lake
    Enter for two chances to swim
  3. Flora Pass
    Catch the subalpine flower show above Chilliwack Lake
  4. Radium Lake
    Old-growth trees are aplenty on this quiet trail

Hope and Fraser Canyon

  1. Eaton Lake
    Conifers, cliffs, and boulder fields ring a remote bowl
  2. Hozomeen Lake
    Tread water beneath the twin towers of Hozomeen Mountain
  3. Mount Lincoln
    History and heights in the Fraser Canyon

Coquihalla Pass

  1. Yak Peak
    A scrambly affair on Zopkios Ridge
  2. Zoa Peak
    Marvel at these meadows

E.C. Manning Provincial Park

  1. Ghostpass Lake
    Explore an ancient forest and historical horse route
  2. Punch Bowl Pass
    Hike into history and the headwaters of the Tulameen River
  3. Poland Lake
    A floral rainbow from start to finish
  4. Derek Falls
    One trail, three waterfalls

Hikes West of Vancouver

Howe Sound and Sunshine Coast

  1. Mount Killam
    Get away to Gambier Island
  2. Mount Elphinstone
    Magical views on the Sunshine Coast
  3. Mount Hallowell
    Survey the Salish Sea from an old fire lookout

Gulf Islands

  1. Mount Galiano
    Top-notch West Coast scenery on Galiano Island
  2. Bodega Ridge
    Arbutus trees and endless views of the Salish Sea


  1. Extension Ridge
    Step up to The Abyss, an intriguing rock fissure
  2. Mount Benson
    This local favourite pays off with coast and mountain views

Hikes South of Vancouver


  1. Lookout Mountain
    A waterfall and woodland wander
  2. Lost Lake
    Find the heart of Chuckanut Mountain
  3. Chuckanut Ridge
    Sandstone and Salish Sea scenery
  4. North Butte
    Searching for solitude on Blanchard Mountain

Mount Baker Wilderness

  1. Welcome Pass
    Take a ridge walk and say hello to Mount Baker
  2. Lake Ann
    Reflections of Mount Shuksan

Cascade River to Washington Pass

  1. Hidden Lake Lookout
    A dreamy hike to an old fire tower
  2. Cascade Pass
    Dazzling scenery from start to finish
  3. Blue Lake
    Home of the golden larches
  • Acknowledgements
  • Hikes by the Numbers
  • Stops of Interest
  • Further Reading
  • Index
  • About the Author and Photographer

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