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

It’s and in and out, rather a full loop.

hiking
29 days ago

Nice place!

Took a SUP across Buttle, no problem stashing for two nights. Camped at the lake downhill from emergency cabin. Second day summited the Spire & Mt McBride, more of a scramble than trail. Heavy fog made finding the shute back to Marble Meadows more difficult. Highlight was seeing my first Vancouver Island marmot.

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snow
1 month ago

Lovely walk along Emerald Lake, very flat. Becoming quite snowy and icy on the right hand side of the loop, a few fallen trees on path. Still very doable in winter boots.

Easy, scenic walk to see the water and surrounding area. Dog friendly on a leash. Worth the 45 minutes.

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

What a lovely trail around the lake. Took my elderly parents all the way around and we had a great time. There’s starting to be snow and ice on the trail but the lake itself hasn’t frozen over yet.

on Emerald Lake Loop

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike, ground mostly frozen but no snow today! The lakeshore at the car park is very busy but very few continue around the loop!

on Emerald Lake Loop

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Cloudy with light sprinkle. Light traffic. Don’t drop your Kleenex! Pack it out! Please....

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely agree that the second half the trail is muddy, but still worth it if you like feeling like you’re hiking in the mountains/forest. Lots of planks that assist with walking over the mud. If you are doing this for the pure sake of a lake view - then you will want to consider going back the way you came in. The muddy side does have some areas to peel at the lake - but not as many as the first half of the trail. Overall, beautiful hike!

Great flat walk circling the lake/s. Lots of people and dogs but enough to have some quiet time also. 10 kms so can’t be done in 2 hours at a decent pace but nice to go a bit slower and enjoy. Many opportunities for swimming and resting on a bench along the way, and numerous facilities (bathrooms and playgrounds) also. BLUE/GREEN ALGAE NOTICES currently present.

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muddy
2 months ago

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

was able to take the stroller the whole way around. it was foggy but nice today.

Great Hike. Beautiful scenery along the coast

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful well kept trail that loops the lake, nice transitions from deeply shaded forest to sunlit lakeside shoreline

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muddy
2 months ago

For the views of the lake alone it is worth the effort. It’s a nice stroll for a sunny day.

hiking
2 months ago

First half of the trail is nicely paved, along the lake side. The second half is really muddy with not as great of view of the lake. Overall, it was gorgeous!

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous stroll around the lake today. The weather changed from sun to cloud to showers but it was amazing to see the colours around the lake change. Even captured a rainbow at the back of the lake. The blueness of the water was incredible. Definitely recommend this if you want an easy 2 hour walk with constant views.

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muddy
2 months ago

on Emerald Lake Loop

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muddy
2 months ago

The weather cooperated and we were able to see the beautiful color and some reflections in the lake. Worth the drive. There is a small cafe with reasonably priced food. As you face the lake at the parking lot end, the trail to the left is all paved or packed stone. The opposite end is a bit marshy. The right side is mostly mud and tree roots. According to the signs this side of the lake is unique. The mountains shade the forest and the forest stays wet most all of the time. Not a place to wear your Blue Suede Shoes to hike. We found a few headed toward the mud side in white tennis shoes and suggested they turn around. The entire loop is worth doing in the right foot wear

hiking
2 months ago

I really enjoy this trail when I feel like a longish walk on flat terrain. I appreciate how many pit toilets and bathrooms there are dotted all the way around.

hiking
2 months ago

The lake is beautiful, but was a little disappointed on how commercialized the lake was. didn't do my research and was a bit shocked to find out about the hotel being there.

Totally agree with other reviewers who say this is a challenging walk. Took us 1 hour to do the interior walk through the forest and a further 3.5 to do the coast path from Cabin Point to the parking lot. I think this is a better route than coastal path first. With lots of photo stops. The first section between cabin point and Beechy Head was particularly difficult with lots of scrambling over quite steep rocks. We saw herons, oyster catchers and harbour seals (these were near the very end of the walk in the section before the turn off to the car park at Aylard Farm (toilets here).

hiking
3 months ago

Two thumbs up. It’s a classic. If possible try to time the tides since paddling against it will slow your roll, and bottoming out the canoe every 5 minutes at low tide is a drag. Otherwise the walk to the waterfall is great.

Spectacular!

Very nice walk/hike through lush green Forest. Trail had some recent upgrades to bridges and walkways. Floating Bridge is still out. We started the hike from the upper parking lot.Walked as far as canoe landing, great spot for lunch and a dip in the lake .14 km round trip ,4hours .Most of this hike weaves through a shaded forest with equal drops and climbs ,over bridges, boardwalks and wooden stairs with occasional glimpses of the lake. Had the trail all to ourselves today. Take a slight detour and check out Steelhead Falls, it's well worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

We arrived in the parking lot at 8am. A line hard already formed to secure a canoe rental. Be sure to check the tides prior to heading out as there will be low areas otherwise that will require you to get out of the boat & push. Even at high tide some areas were quite low. The hike along the trail is very uneven. Packing running shoes to change into before the hike is needed. There are some ups & downs in this trail as well. The falls were beautiful & it was well worth the journey to get there. We saw several people using kayaks & SUPs to get to the trailhead. There are only canoes for rent as another option. (2 man-$80/day, $100 overnight)

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