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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2009, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm looking for a good spot to go car camping that has lots of day hikes nearby.

We've been spoiled by Lake O'hara and Cathedral Lakes. Both those locations are spectacular and we are wondering if there are any other spots in British Columbia that offer so many beautiful trails just a stones throw from a wonderful camping site.

Although Lake O'hara and Cathedral aren't "car camping" they both have bus service to a nearby lodge so you don't have to carry your backpack more than a kilometer or so.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2009, 04:23 PM
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Probably too far, but one never knows. If you want to get away from the crowds and don't mind a long-ish drive I would suggest heading to Tumbler Ridge,BC. The campsite at Kinuseo Falls is great and there are lots of day/overnight hikes in the area as well. There are even a couple FSR c/g to keep the costs down. Here is a link to the "Wolverine Nordic Mountain Society". These local folks do the majority of the trail up keep.

http://www.pris.bc.ca/wnms/
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Mannning Park has alot of hikes within 30km of it
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If you are on the upper end of van. island { the rock } tryout
b.c.parks Quinsam falls park , very close to campbell river ,
depending on season may need reservations, or not . Many trails,
most easy and picturesque, 15kmh speed limit , speed bumps, some
paved sections , small play ground, Host on site, reasonable rate,
take bicycles too. H2o but no fancy toilets . Good staging ground for
day tripping.
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Byron, you could do the same at Takakkaw Falls, it's got a walk-in campground and you've got the whole Yoho Valley trail system right there. Illecillewaet campground in Glacier is the hub of several great--though a bit steep--dayhikes. Marble Canyon in Kootenay also has some great hikes nearby.

But if you don't mind camping at "Forest Service" rec sites (they're now managed by MoTCA not MoF) rather than just Parks, there's a few more possibilities. For starters, I'd recommend the Bugaboos--Bugaboo-Septet rec site is very nice, and the hiking (some inside the park, some outside) is as good as it gets. Upper Elk River (near Elk Lakes Park), Meadow Mountain, and some sites in the South Chilcotins are some others that come to mind.

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