Upcoming Trips and Courses

  • Wilderness Navigation 1

    Wilderness Navigation 1 is a one-day introduction to using and understanding topographic maps and...

    Jun 8, 2024 (day trip)
  • Wilderness Navigation 2

    Building on the foundational map and compass skills learned in the level 1 course, the level 2 course...

    Jun 9, 2024 (day trip)
  • Wilderness Survival

    Over two days, we will cover and practice the essential survival skills for backcountry users...

    Jun 22 - 23, 2024

Welcome to Hike Vancouver Island!

Welcome to hikevancouverisland.com, the place for all things hiking on Vancouver Island and in the BC Coast Range. From our stunning coastlines to the high alpine, our backyard offers endless hiking opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you are looking to learn the skills needed to travel in these places safely on your own, or if you want us to show the way, we are sure to have a course or a trip for you, all lead by our fun and professional Association of Canadian Mountain Guides certified guides. If you don't see the trip our course you are looking for here, just ask, we have the knowledge and resources to set up the perfect trip for you.

-The Hike Vancouver Island​​/Island Alpine Guides Team


We at Hike Vancouver Island/Island Alpine Guides are grateful for the privilege to live, work and play on the unceded, traditional territories of the first peoples listed below, who have been the stewards of these lands for millennia:
Da’naxda’xw, Ahousaht, Scia'new, Ditidaht, Cowichan, Ehatteshaht, Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda'xw Band, Halalt, Heiltsuk, Hesquiaht, Homalco, Hupačasath, Huu-ay-aht, K'ómoks, Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h', Klahoose, Kwakiutl, Kwiakah, Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwaw-ah-mish, Lyackson, Malahat, Mamalilikulla-Qwe'Qwa'Sot'Em , Mowachaht/Muchalaht, Namgis. Nanoose, Nuchatlaht, Nuxalk, Pacheedaht, Pauquachin, Penelakut, Qualicum, Quatsino, Snuneymuxw, Songhees, Stz'uminus, T'Sou-ke, Tla'amin, Tla-o-qui-aht, Tlowitsis, Toquaht, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseshaht, Tseycum, Uchucklesaht, We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum.

Important - Please Read

All Island Alpine Guides (Hike Vancouver Island) courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers, and hazards, some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by guides and instructors.

To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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