How to Make Backcountry Camping Reservations in BC
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by Taryn Eyton
2w ago
British Columbia’s wilderness is spectacular, so it’s no surprise that backpacking and backcountry camping are popular. I’ve been backpacking in BC for decades (and I even wrote a book about it), so I’ve put together a complete guide on how to make backcountry camping reservations in BC. While there are literally hundreds of places to go backpacking in BC without reservations, the most popular spots require advance booking. This post breaks down how to book backcountry campsites in BC Provincial Parks (run by BC Parks), National Parks in BC (run by Parks Canada), and a few independent location ..read more
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How to Get the Smell Out of Hiking Clothes
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by Taryn Eyton
1M ago
If you’re human, you sweat when hiking. And that makes your hiking clothing smell bad. But you don’t have to throw away your stinky clothes. I’ve got a complete guide to getting the smell out of hiking clothes. The advice in this guide covers hiking clothing like base layers (long underwear) shirts, pants, fleece jackets, underwear, sports bras, and socks. Rain jackets and down jackets need to be washed differently. I’ve been hiking and backpacking for two decades, mostly in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. (I even wrote a book about it.) It isn’t that hot here, but it’s pretty humid ..read more
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24 Easy Backpacking Trips In BC For Beginners
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by Taryn Eyton
1M ago
British Columbia’s backcountry is gorgeous, making day hikers wish they didn’t have to leave. The next logical step is a backpacking trip, but it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why I put together this list of easy backpacking trips in BC. I’ve been backpacking in BC for 20 years (and I even wrote a book about it), but I still remember what it was like to be a beginner backpacker. I’ve also taken countless friends backpacking for the first time, so I know what kinds of BC backpacking trips are best for beginners. In this guide, I recommend 24 easy backpacking trips spread across BC ..read more
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Della Falls Trail Hiking Guide (Vancouver Island Backpacking)
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by Taryn Eyton
3M ago
The 32 km-long Della Falls Trail takes hikers through a beautiful river valley deep in the mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. From your riverside campsite, hike to the base of the falls or a spectacular viewpoint on the Love Lake Trail. At 440-metres-tall, Della Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Canada. And the only way to see it is to go on a backpacking trip. I hiked the trail over three days in early July and have put together a HUGE Della Falls Trail guide for you. It includes: Quick facts about the Della Falls Trail How to get to Della Falls including wa ..read more
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Tatchu Trail Guide: Vancouver Island Coastal Backpacking
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by Taryn Eyton
3M ago
If you’re looking for a challenging and remote coastal hike on Vancouver Island, check out the Tatchu Trail. It’s a rough route along the Tatchu Peninsula where you are unlikely to encounter other hikers. Most of the route is on the coast, with a few rough inland sections. The highlights are sandy beaches, fascinating geology and plentiful wildlife, including endangered sea otters. I thought it had some of the most beautiful scenery of any of the coastal trails in BC that I’ve hiked. Completing the entire trail from Rugged Point to Port Eliza (32 km) is tough and best left for experienced hike ..read more
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My Favorite Hiking Gear – 2022 Edition
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by Taryn Eyton
3M ago
In 2022, I spent even more time than usual hiking, completing research for my upcoming backpacking guidebook for Vancouver Island. (Look for it in May 2024.) As a gear geek, I am hyper-critical of my gear and refuse to use things that don’t meet my standards. Here are my favourite pieces of gear from 2022. The gear on this list are things that impressed me, surprised me, and made me want to use them over and over. Hey there: Some of the products in this post were gifts from brands. I also received lots of other gear that didn’t make the cut so you can be sure that I only share info about produ ..read more
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Backcountry Huts in British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies
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by Taryn Eyton
4M ago
Backcountry huts give hikers, climbers, and skiers a warm and dry place to sleep, eat, and chill out between adventures. Thankfully there are dozens of backcountry huts in British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies. In this post, I’ve got basic info for over 80 backcountry cabins in BC and Alberta. The listing for each hut includes the location, info on fees, and booking, and a link to make reservations or get more info. The backcountry hut listings are separated into six regions. Click the links below to jump to your area. Vancouver backcountry huts Sunshine Coast backcountry huts Vancouver I ..read more
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40 Cheap and Free Things To Do in Whistler
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by Taryn Eyton
4M ago
It’s no secret that Whistler is an expensive place to visit. I’ve been visiting Whistler my whole life and currently live just down the road in Squamish, so I know all the locals’ tricks to find cheap and free things to do in Whistler. In this list of things to do in Whistler for free or cheap, I’ve got 40 fun ideas for activities, attractions, and places to go. Don’t you hate recommendations for cheap things to do in Whistler that include activities that cost over $25 per person? Yeah me too. You won’t find any of that on this list. Out of the 40 things I recommend, 31 of them are totally fre ..read more
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20 Fabulous Canadian National Park Gift Ideas
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by Taryn Eyton
4M ago
If you’ve been to a Canadian national park, you know they are special places. I’ve been to 17 of the 48 national parks in Canada and am already planning which park I will visit next. (Spoiler: It’s Gwaii Haanas!) If you’re looking for the perfect present for a national park lover, I’ve got you covered. This list of the best Canadian national park gift ideas has something for everyone including: The BEST gift for Canadian national parks lovers: the Parks Canada Discovery pass Books and maps to plan their next trip to a national park Must-have national park souvenirs and collectibles Posters, a ..read more
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How to Go Backpacking in BC Without Reservations
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by Taryn Eyton
8M ago
With lots of people stressing about backpacking reservations in BC, you might feel like you have to book backcountry camping months in advance if you want to go on a trip. But that’s totally untrue – there are tons of places to go backpacking in BC without reservations. I’ve been backpacking in British Columbia for almost 20 years and have done dozens of trips, most of them without reservations. I know that sometimes it’s just not possible to plan ahead – you want to wait for good weather, plans change, or you didn’t get that coveted reservation. Don’t worry! In this guide to backpacking in BC ..read more
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