Hi, Just found this site, it's great. Anyways, I am looking for a list of "must do" overnight backpacking trips. Criteria is within a 2.5 hour drive of Vancouver, overnight (ie. weekend - 2 days hiking).
Really you can make almost any hike an overnighter and I think most people just combine a couple hikes or take a dayhike and camp at the destination point when coming upp with overnight hikes. However, there is a book called "Gotta Hike BC" which includes alot of overnight/multi-day hikes in southern BC that may be of interest to you.
I agree, any hike can be made an overnighter. Most of my trips by far are just overnighters and I only do 3 or 4 multi-day trips year. One of my rules is "that if it takes more than two hours to drive to the TH, I'm spending the night".
One of my all time favorite overnighter's is Joffre Lakes. I love camping by the Upper Lake.