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Outdoor British Columbia

Berg Lake Trail

Lying at the foot of Mount Robson in the aptly-named Mount Robson Provincial Park, Berg Lake greets hikers with its scintillating azure color and flotillas of icebergs. From the intimate close-up of photogenic Mount Robson to the power of Berg Glacier calving into the lake, the Berg Lake Trail crosses through three biogeoclimatic zones and 21 kilometres (13 miles) of world renowned sights and lookouts in eastern British Columbia.

Hikers can access the trailhead from Highway 16, located east of Valemount - there is no fee for those hiking for a day. Once starting, hikers follow the Robson River and slowly ascend 800 metres (2,624 feet) to reach Berg Lake. Deviating from the trail are routes to scenic Kinney Lake, Toboggan Falls, Snowbird Pass, and Moose River.

Galloping Goose Trail

Measuring in at 55 kilometres, the Galloping Goose Trail is a rail trail connecting cities like Victoria and Leechtown on Vancouver Island. The trail, built for the Canadian National Railway, is no longer is service, but today is used for hiking, running, cycling, and other recreational activities.

Specific points of interest along the trail include the Selkirk Trestle and the Switch Bridge. The trail makes up a portion of the Trans-Canada Trail and connects with the Lochside Regional Trail.

White Rock Beach

Named after the distinctive white boulder that sits on the beach, White Rock Beach marks the edge of White Rock city, near Surrey.

You can entertain your imagination as you try to come up with answers how a 486 ton granite boulder sits alone on the shores of Semiahmoo Bay (the official explanation: it migrated southwards during the last ice age.) To preserve its namesake, the city paints it white every few months or so.

Once you get past the rock, you can enjoy views of the bay, of the surrounding Vancouver metro area up north and of nearby Mount Baker in Washington State.

The pier and promenade are popular during the summer months, but venture far enough and you will find plenty of places of peace and quiet.

Columbia River Wetlands

Home to over hundreds of thousands of large mammals and birds, the Columbia River Wetlands is a 180-kilometre stretch of land, open water, marshes, ponds, and channels all rolled into one.

Visitors to the wetlands come to respect the incredible diversity of wildlife that rely in the area while being awestruck by the remote and peaceful mountain scenery.

The abundance of wildlife and lack of agriculture and development have lead to this site being designated a Wildlife Management Area.

Recreational activities include boat tours on the wetlands and bird watching, but most come here to appreciate nature. The wetlands are located at the headwater of the mighty Columbia River in eastern British Columbia, near Golden.

Granville Island

A hotspot for tourism and entertainment, Granville Island is situated across False Creek from downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Beneath the south end of the Granville Street Bridge, residents and visitors flock to the Island for shopping, art, and much more.

The Granville Island Public Market offers fifty permanent retailers – in addition to a farmers' market and over a hundred day-vendors – offering Vancouver-local produce, cottage-industry foods, and handmade crafts. Adding to the sights and sounds, street performers, artists, musicians, and magicians line the streets in front of the famous La Baguette Bakery.