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High On A Mountain Top In British Columbia

By Wesley Mathews

With a total land area of nearly 360,000 square miles, and most of it rugged alpine country, hiking tours of British Columbia are plentiful and varied. British Columbia also has a population density of less than five people per square kilometer as most of the province’s 4.5 million inhabitants live in the metro areas of Vancouver and Victoria. With this kind of open space, you will find solitude and unspoiled vistas that in many cases have been rarely explored on foot by Europeans and a keen understanding of B.C.’s motto, “Splendor Without Diminishment”.

Canada’s department of ecology, Environment Canada, has categorized British Columbia into six distinct ecological zones, each of which offers hikers a unique experience. Of course, as hiking and other forms of outdoor recreation has grown in popularity, so have the number of vacation rentals and Canada romantic travel inns throughout the province. Lodgings at a range of prices from as low as $24 (CDN) per night can be found in even the most remote areas.

If you are interested in an all inclusive resort that is genuinely a pampering experience, consider Cathedral Lakes Lodge near Penticton in south-central British Columbia. Hiking trails at 7000 foot elevations can lead you to any one of seven pure mountain lakes where the trout fishing is excellent.

Ecotourism is just one exciting hiking opportunity that is extensively obtainable in British Columbia. These are trips, typically taken on foot, in which people have the chance to travel to a number of the more ecologically sensitive regions including the coastal clement rainforests that stretch from the Alaskan panhandle to northern California and the delicate sub-arctic taiga and boreal plains.

Sponsored by the province’s municipal governments and non-profit organizations, these ecotours are managed in a way so that participants leave a minimal affect on the region while having a chance to enjoy indigenous flora and fauna in a natural state. Because so much of British Columbia is unoccupied by people, hikers will have a chance to see many types of wildlife that have become rare in the more heavily populated U.S.

If you are searching for a change from hiking in British Columbia’s glorious mountain country from one of the region’s cabin rentals, you might also consider agritourism. As is the case in Washington and Oregon to the south, British Columbia is an important agricultural center, mainly in the southern and eastern parts of the province. Agritours give hikers a chance to observe and even participate in the workings of green farms in a few of Canada’s most varied farmlands.

Wesley Mathews is part of the travel team at FindVacationRentals.com and FindBedandBreakfast.com. These directories provide detailed information on bed breakfasts and things to do.

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