Once you arrive at your destination — whether that’s the top of a mountain, your camp for the night or just a quiet space in the wilderness — stop, rest and cross this trail off your to-hike list before starting all over again in the morning.
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Choose your own adventure
Look up — way up. Snow-capped peaks, glacial outcrops, alpine meadows, raging rivers and misty waterfalls. You’ve just walked right inside a painting, and now it’s up to you to discover what awaits around the next corner, and what beauty and majesty will come in the next turn. Never doubt it — hiking in Valemount is well worth the effort. The Valley in the Mountains makes the ideal landing spot for hikers of all skills and fitness levels. Make a week of it, and explore the hundreds of kilometres of trails that wind throughout Mount Robson Provincial Park. Start on the well-travelled paths and work your way up to geography so remarkable it has been written about in guidebooks for generations. Now it’s time for you — a modern day explorer — to lace up your boots and write your own chapter.
Simple stomping ground
Take a casual stroll down a well marked, lake-side path or a rigorous journey over switchbacks and up through rocky terrain — in Valemount, we call it hiking and you don’t have to go far to find a perfect route, or five or six.
Looking to spend a carefree afternoon picnicking in the woods with the kids? Discover Little Lost Lake, or head out to Jackman Flats, both are well-marked with gentle, easy climbs, making them great choices for families and beginners, as they can be shortened or lengthened depending on your fitness levels.
R.W. Starratt Wildlife Refuge
With binoculars in hand, take on the Cranberry Marsh Loop — found within the R.W. Starratt Wildlife Refuge — the trail, which comes complete with wildlife viewing platforms — affords some of the most spectacular bird watching opportunities in the region.
History buff? The Mica Mine Trail is a 4.5 km (3 mi), one-way trip back in time. Explore the old mine site where in the 1890s horses were used to haul mica down the mountain. Mica Mountain is also the location of William Roe’s famous Sasquatch sighting back in October 1955, so maybe if you’re quiet and patient you’ll spot the elusive creature that he first mistook for a grizzly bear. But remember to bring a camera!
Serious Stomping Ground
If endurance isn’t an issue, then try out the Selwyn Traverse Trail, which takes you on an 11 km (7 mi), one-way journey across small creeks and through cedar forests. If views are a priority, head to the McKirdy Summit Trail, which branches off the Selwyn Trail. A steady climb, but the effort is well worth it when you manoeuvre through the boulder field and reach the peak. Panoramic views of the Monashee, Cariboo and Rocky Mountain ranges can be had from the 13 km (8 mi) Canoe Mountain trip, and if the challenging climb and stunning views leave you breathless, then park yourself above the alpine lake (about 1 km from the summit) and have lunch — you’ve earned the respite.
Rocky Mountain High
Old growth forests, deafening waterfalls and wildflower meadows mingle with steep climbs and dramatic descents — Mount Robson Provincial Park (Play/Mt Robson), a UNESCO World Heritage Site,is renowned for its hiking opportunities. Elevation changes mean you’ll be treated to each of the four seasons, sometimes in a single day. Catch sight of mule and whitetail deer as they roam unhindered through the forest, which is also home to caribou, mountain goat and even grizzly bears. Mount Robson Provincial Park isn’t a place you spend a day. Spend a week here, camp (Play/Camping) under the stars in protection of the range’s highest peak, and pick up some friends along the way, as people come from across the globe to experience the epic hike to Berg Lake.
Bird’s Eye View
Arrive at the top in style by booking a heli-hiking tour of Berg Lake. Drink in the sights of the Valley of a Thousand Falls, Emperor Falls and Berg and Kinney lakes. Watch in awe as the glaciers calf into the turquoise waters of the lake and, when the sun begins its descent, climb aboard and soar back down the mountain to relive this experience again and again with your family and friends. The ride up makes it easy for hikers of all ages and fitness levels to explore the alpine and appreciate views usually reserved for the most athletic.
View wildlife in its natural habitat
More than 182 species of birds have been discovered in the Mount Robson Provincial Park, from majestic golden eagles, to American Pipits, Hammond Flycatchers, Rufous Hummingbirds and grey owls. To date, there have been 42 species of mammals found in the park, from the wetland-loving moose and valley-hugging deer, to the mountain goats in the alpine tundra. Both black and grizzly bear make a home in the park, as do elk, deer, wolf, coyote and caribou. Arrive in June for the annual Mount Robson Bird Blitz, or show up in autumn and be there as the leaves change and the aspen, poplar and low-growing willow turn vibrant shades of yellow, red and orange. Another ideal spot for bird watching is the R.W. Starratt Wildlife Management Area, which is located along a major migration route. More than 140 species of birds touch down each year, including hawks, eagles, geese, ducks, swifts, woodpeckers, sandpipers, owls, finches, vireos, flycatchers, chickadees, bluebirds and warblers. To experience the true magic of the marsh, come at sunrise or at dusk in spring or in the fall.