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.
Spirit Caves Trail
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.
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.