I've hiked quite a bit in my life but am trying to get into back packing and over my fears of bears lol. Anyone have any idea where the safest places are for multiday/overnight back packing trips?
I'd be more worried about my car being vandalized while I'm gone. Manning Park is safe as I've never heard about bear attack there. I've been hiking for 45 years and never had a bear attack instead I had been bluffed charged by grouse quite a few times. The best information on bears is by Dr Tom Smith, a wildlife biologist. I wouldn't worry too much...just go out and have fun but respect the environment.
Yeah don't worry too much about the bears, I have a co-worker that lives in Coquitlam who doesn't hike, and he sees way more (urban) bears than I do hiking. Last year he showed me a video of a bear rummaging through stuff on his back patio!