Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Columbia-Shuswap with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

In 3 hours one can hike halfway to pretty Laughing Falls on this trail and back to the Takakkaw Falls parking lot. The majority of the 124 meter elevation gain is acquired on one hill after the spurs for Angels Staircase and Point Lace Falls. Higher, the trail is in generally good condition to the Laughing Falls bridge and campground. Good views of Takakkaw Falls, the Yoho River, and the Daly Glacier along the way.

hiking
7 days ago

Not a good time to go. The mosquitos were horrible. Some trails were covered with fallen trees. We had to do quite a bit of bushwhacking. There’s outhouses beyond the parking lot.... but they are disgusting.

hiking
12 days ago

hiked 3.4 miles one way to the research building, still snow beyond that. The first part of the hike is in the rain forest . The trail is easy to hike on very soft, beyond the lake it’s a bit more rocky with stunning views
all and all a tough hike because it’s steep
but worth it

backpacking
15 days ago

Perfect trail! My wife and I have camping in the twin falls campground. Laughting falls is at the middle of this trail. Both of these two falls are amazing!

hiking
22 days ago

We completed the the trail, but added in the Marpole Lake trail, creating more of a loop, rather than out and back. Beautiful hike, with some varied terrain. Loved the many waterfalls.
The trail had a few fallen trees across the path, plus a large avalanche debris section covering the trail near Marpole Lake. It wasnt an issue and can be easily maneuvered through.
The seasonal bridge on the Whaleback Trail was still packed away for winter season, and Iceline Trail was still not recommended by Parks (June 20, 2018)

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked (attempted to hike) this trail yesterday but only made it about 3/4 of the way before turning back. The trail up to the lake is decent with minimal snow. However, once I started up the trail to the ridge I soon realized the snow was way too loose & I definitely fell through to my waist a few times. I followed some old boot tracks up the ridge before I finally gave up and decided it wasn’t worth falling through a crevasse. Great hike though, definitely a workout! Go prepared & stay off the ridge for now

1 month ago

Did it couple days ago, still quite snowy. The road is closed and some bridges are removed in the area, but you can do this walk. Up to the lake and viewpoint (nice views!) is quite duable with regard to the snow, but we returned here because the snow thereafter got too deep.

hiking
9 months ago

Looks like it may have been nice a few years ago. Trail #3 is fairly overgrown. Trail #1 and 2 are open, but not much for sight seeing other than forestry views.

Nice and steep but not the best view

hiking
9 months ago

hard work very rewarding.

backpacking
10 months ago

Beautiful falls

10 months ago

It is amazing view.

10 months ago

This was hard but so worth it... the views were extraordinary for me.

hiking
10 months ago

Tough hike. Worth it for the great views

Lots of steep climbs. Challenging, but worth the effort.

hiking
11 months ago

Spectacular hike with amazing views. Difficult but worth it. Do watch for bears.

11 months ago

Fantastic hike. We loved it, totally worth the hard work for the amazing view!!!! ❤️

Rushing river, short walk, perfect place to stop on a rock for lunch and listen to the roaring river. nice bridge crossing views. contemplate the confluence.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

World class day hike, one of my favorites and one i have returned to several times.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Trail was in great shape early July 2017. Lots of great water features along this hike, give yourself some time to enjoy the sights!

We attempted to loop back past Marpole Lake but avalanche debris slowed us down. That trail is closed but currently passable though we did lose the trail along the rocks near the end. Recommend bringing GPS if you give that a shot.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Great photo!

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Beautiful hike! So worth it! So many waterfalls along the way. We did the loop on our way back and you'll be on the side of a rocky mountain with spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers!

hiking
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Big and steep! Puts the size of Sir Donald into perspective (you feel small) and we got a nice wind off Vaux Glacier on the way up. Great access from the highway and Illecillawaet Campground.

hiking
Monday, November 30, 2015

GEt up close and personal with Sir Donald and Faux Glacier. Feels like you are in the heart of the mountains (you are).

hiking
Monday, November 30, 2015

Hard up, but quickly in the alpine.

walking
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Beautiful walk in a beautiful setting. Moist forest and fresh air in a perfect mountain setting.

(Note: the picture of the red sign with yellow letters is not for this trail. This trail is in Glacier National Park off the Trans Canada Highway near Rogers Pass)

on Abbott Ridge

hiking
Sunday, August 17, 2014

It is an August day, great weather with the trail head at Illecillewaet Camp ground and an easy old railway grade then with a left turn you will past the foundation ruins of the Glacier town site and then take an acute right turn to a steep switch back 2.2 klm stretch uphill for 425 metres gain to Marion lake. Trail eases off a wee bit after the lake for 4.6 Klm and a continual elevation gain of 655 metres. (short cut route steep to weather station and often used when snow slides cover main trail.) Weather station hut 150 meters below ridge and approximately 1 Klm from trail end. Trail finding and scramble possible further along ridge to summit. Incline rate 5.1 to Marion Lake and 6.9 averaged from the from lake onward.

hiking
Monday, July 14, 2014

This is in yoho np not glacier

Friday, July 04, 2014

Did this hike a few years ago easily one of my favourites. We did it in 3 days and 2 nights. The switch backs at the end can wear on the legs but worth it to see all the falls

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