Hole in the Wall, Port Alberni BC

Hole in the Wall, a short day hike, is a is fast becoming a major attraction for the Vancouver Island community.

The hole is all that remains of a decades old water line.

Check in at the Port Alberni Visitor Centre for directions.

Parking is difficult though the trail itself is only an easy 1.3km return walk.

Rather than following the normal route as posted on AllTrails Port Alberni Hole in the Wall, I walked instead from an industrial park end of Sherwood Road.

Definitely muddier and less traveled, I did find it interesting. Nobody else parked there.

Here are the rough trails as shown on Maps.me.

Click PLAY or get a glimpse of my hike on YouTube.

BestHike #2 – John Muir Trail, California

John Muir Trail is one of our top 10 hikes in the world.

Click PLAY or watch a 1-minute preview on YouTube.

John Muir Trail

If there’s a hiker’s paradise on earth, it’s the JMT in the Sierra Nevadas.

213 miles without a road. Fantastic weather. 11 high passes. Unbelievable nonstop vistas. And Mt Whitney.

AT A GLANCE

Yosemite map
  • Yosemite, Ansel Adams and John Muir wilderness, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
  • start in stunning Yosemite, Muir’s “Range of Light”
  • 223mi (360km) to Whitney Portal adding sidetrips to Half Dome, Vermillion Resort and Mt. Whitney 14,505ft (4,421m)
  • 15-21 days recommended
  • carry your own food and tent
  • JMT about 10% the length of the Pacific Crest Trail

Read more on our John Muir Trail information page.

Ammonite Falls the HARD WAY 😀

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.

Without checking in advance, I cycled out for my first visit to Ammonite Falls near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Most convenient for me was the Weigles Road trailhead.

January 15th was the best weather we’ve had in 2021. A perfect day.

And it’s an easy day hike.

What could go wrong?

Turned out the BENSON CREEK trail to the Falls was closed for MAJOR improvements. I had to find another way.

Later I found out that other trails to the top of the Falls were open. 😀

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

related – Outdoor Vancouver – Ammonite Falls Hike

Click PLAY or watch the hike from the Jameson road trailhead on YouTube.

Nile Creek waterfalls in Winter

Nile Creek Trail is at least 10km (6mi) out and back near Qualicum on Vancouver Island.

AllTrails does not recommend it November through March as it’s very wet and muddy during winter.

Slippery too. Many rough boardwalks and log bridges.

On the other hand, water is high. The waterfalls and cascades even more impressive than in summer.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Starting from Charlton Drive, Qualicum Beach.

related – trip report of the second half – Get out and Play – Nile Creek

Little Qualicum Falls, Vancouver Island

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, established 1940 to protect the old growth forest, offers a terrific 1 hour hike if you are driving between Nanaimo and Port Alberni.

There are plenty of other nearby attractions including Cathedral Grove.

Swimming is possible in good weather. But know that people have drowned here.

Outdoor Vancouver – Little Qualicum Falls Loop

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Englishman’s River Falls B.C.

BestHike editor Rick McCharles. 

Many, many times I’ve walked the spectacular 2km loop at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park near Parksville B.C.

Often I cycle there from Parksville. Then walk or run the loop a number of times.

Click PLAY or watch a November run on YouTube.

B.C. Parks website.  The campsite has over 100 spaces.

Read more – Bikepacking.com – Miles Arbour – ENGLISHMAN RIVER OVERNIGHTER

Click PLAY or watch a summer run on YouTube.

Hiking Helmcken Falls, British Columbia

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.

Helmcken Falls is a 141 m (463 ft) waterfall on the Murtle River within Wells Gray Provincial Park in British Columbia …

The protection of Helmcken Falls was one of the reasons for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park in 1939.

This was my first visit to massive Wells Gray.  Like 99% of visitors, I drove only the 42km of paved roadway out of the gateway town of Clearwater.

End of the road is the short walk to a viewing platform on the rim of the canyon providing a panorama of the falls and canyon

Helmcken is the fourth highest waterfall in Canada, measured by total straight drop without a break.

Next I hiked to the top of the Falls (other side) on the Rim Trail.

That’s about 3 hours, 8 km round-trip.

There’s no fence along canyon edge so you can climb directly above the river.

Click PLAY or watch some drone footage on YouTube.

Best Pemberton B.C. hike – One Mile to Nairn Falls

I parked at the Tim Horton’s coffee shop in Pemberton near Whistler.

Hiked to Nairn via pretty One Mile Lake.

About an hour each way to visit both.

In fact, I enjoyed One Mile just much as the Falls themselves.

I do love boardwalk.

It’s a great family hiking option year-round. You can skate One Mile Lake during the winter.

From the end of the lake I connected to Nairn Falls via Lumpy’s mountain bike trail system. A bit rugged at points.

Nairn Falls themselves are busy during the summer. This is a very popular stop for tourists.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. 

related – Outdoor Vancouver – Nairn Falls Hike in Pemberton

Hiking to Yoho Lake

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.

Yoho Lake was the site of the original Alpine Club of Canada camp in 1906.

Early alpinists climbed Mt Wapta (south) and Michaels Peak (north).

Mt Wapta

Returning from our Twin Falls hike, we resupplied at the vehicles parked at the Takakkaw Falls trailhead.

Then started with great views over to Takakkaw , the second highest Falls in Canada.

One of our group forgot his sunglasses at the lookout.

ET and I asked some hikers going the other direction to see if they could find them. And it worked! We found them on ET’s vehicle 2 days later.

We climbed steadily up to the lake on a route that many switchbacks.

More wildflowers here than on the Twin Falls side.

You catch a glimpse en route of Hidden Lake.

Here’s a first look at Yoho lake.

Yoho lake is deep emerald green, more so than Emerald lake.

You’d have to be CRAZY to swim.

Warren set up a cook tarp to protect from sun and rain.

It’s a peaceful campground.

Next morning we had one deer hang around the tents.  I assume he was salt deprived, looking for urine.

We took a day hike to look down on to Emerald lake.

There are some impressive waterfalls en route.

Warren and I decided to extend the walk and circumambulate Emerald lake.  (Actually, we had originally planned to return via Burgess Pass trail — but it seemed to be unsigned and closed in 2020.). So we walked around Emerald lake and back the way we came.

The only difficult section was about a half hour of flooded alluvial plain.

Once back in camp we found our group had decided to hike out a day early.  Forecast was for big storm.

Rather than camp at the Takakkaw Falls campground, we instead drove to Banff and enjoyed a dry night at the Hidden Ridge resort.

Another great hiking adventure.  🙂