The West Coast Trail, located on the traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht, Ditidaht, and Pacheedaht First Nations, is one of Canada’s most challenging hiking trails. Ladders a few stories high to climb, tide tables to manage, roots that will twist your ankle, and boulders as large as vans to scale. It also is one of
These hikes range from kid-friendly to extremely challenging hikes to do with kids.
When we lived in British Columbia, we had babies and so many of the hikes were done at an adult pace. Hikes like Hermit Meadows are challenging even when you are not hiking with a baby and a toddler.
We also did a backcountry trip to Helm Lake on the backside of Black Tusk. This hike is also not considered kid-friendly.
I wanted to include these hikes on the site if you are similar to us and wanting to try more challenging adventures with your family.
On our most recent family trip we decided to do a short backcountry trip with our two kids aged 2 and 4. It would be our 4 year olds second trip into the backcountry and our 2 year olds first time. The reason we waited so long to take our second daughter into the backcountry
Location: From Pemberton take the BC-99S for 29.6 km. Eventually you will see a sign that says Joffre Lakes hike. Turn right into the parking lot. This road into the parking lot is also called Pemberton Portage Rd. Distance & Elevation Gain: First Lake: 50 metres (5 minutes), Elevation Gain not significant Second Lake: 3 km
Location: From Vancouver take the BC 99 N for 53 km. Turn Right onto Mamquam River Service Forest Road. The trail head is straight ahead. Distance & Elevation Gain: 1.5 km 1st Peak (3 km round trip), 540 m Difficulty: Difficult. Child Carrier Accessible: Carrier access only. Although it is short a good time up the mountain is under
Location: Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, British Columbia. 23 minutes from downtown Vancouver. From Lions Gate Bridge take a slight right onto Marine Drive. Turn left onto Capilano Drive and continue onto Nancy Greene Way until you reach Grouse Mountain. Distance & Elevation Gain: 2.9 km, 2,800 ft Difficulty: Difficult. Child Carrier Accessible: Carrier access only. Facilities: Full service washrooms, gondola, restaurants,
Location: Deep Cove, Vancouver, BC. From Vancouver take the Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W. Take MT Seymour Pkwy W to Deep Cove Road which is in North Vancouver. Take a left on Deep Cove road until you reach deep cove. Turn left of Panarama Drive. The Trail is located on Panarama Drive. When looking at the ocean in Deep
Hike: Lower Falls Trail Location: Golden Ears Provincial Park, British Columbia near Maple Ridge. Located about 1 hour from Vancouver, BC and about 20 minutes from Maple Ridge, BC. Driving instruction available on Google Maps. The Trail head is easily located in the Gold Creek day use parking lot in the Golden Ears Provincial Park. Distance: 2.7