Welcome to the 4th Anniversary edition of the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains Backroad Mapbook!
The Vancouver, Coast and Mountains region is an outdoor recreation paradise. Kayaking through a coastal fjord, skiing at a world-class downhill resort, fishing for the abundant salmon population, scaling rugged alpine peaks, canoeing down a warm inland river… the possibilities for outdoor adventure in southwestern BC are literally endless. With so much to see and do, and with such an incredible diversity of terrain and climate, it can be a real challenge to figure out where to start when planning an outdoor getaway. Luckily, our Vancouver, Coast and Mountains Mapbook has you covered. Whatever your activity of choice, you’ll find a detailed guide to getting the most out of the outdoors in the newest edition of our most popular Mapbook. With industry leading topographic maps, detailed trip planning resources and meticulously researched adventure listings, there is no better publication available for exploring the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains area.
Vancouver, Coast and Mountains Mapbook Features
In your durable, heavy-duty, spiral-bound 21.5 cm x 28 cm (8.5" x 11") Vancouver, Coast BC & Mountains mapbook you will find 54 detailed topographic maps spanning the region, complete with labeled recreation sites, amenities, highways, backcountry roads, trails and other points-of-interest. This book boasts nine new maps of the Sunshine Coast area with improved scale. These user-friendly maps feature a level of cartographic sophistication unparalleled even by government resources – making them the maps of choice for search-and-rescue.
In addition to our maps, we list contact information for accommodations, services, tours, supplies and amenities. We have also added a new section of Community Profiles, highlighting the best things to see and do in the area’s main communities.
This book features a newly organized and easy-to-use index, divided into Map and Adventure sections. Here you will find page numbers and map coordinates for each activity and location, plus important numbers, distance charts and an advertiser list for easy referencing.
Our detailed adventure section is one of the features that makes your Backroad Mapbook not just a map, but your number one resource for unforgettable outdoor experiences. Here is a breakdown of what we have included in the latest Vancouver, Coast and Mountains adventure section:
No other BC map gets you out into the backcountry with confidence like ours does. We cover not only the well-known (and must-see) sites like Vancouver’s Grouse Grind and Capilano Suspension Bridge, but the many hard-to-find backroad attractions in the region as well. Chatterbox Falls and Keyhole Hot Springs are a couple of our favourite out-of-the way places we have listed in the new book. Whether accessed by highway, municipal road, logging road or trail, you will find a wealth of places to visit listed in our Mapbook.
Whether you are ocean fishing, lake fishing or river fishing, southwestern BC has something exciting to offer. We’ve stocked our mapbook with tips and hotspots for steelhead, trout, char, cutthroat, and salmon. You will discover an active fishery anywhere from Alice Lake to Texada Island on the Sunshine Coast. We also provide information on where to get a BC fishing license. New to this edition, we have added Stocked Lake charts identifying the fish species in all the stocked lakes in the region.
With mild winters and a diverse range of habitats, the Vancouver, Coast and Mountain Region hosts Canada’s widest variety of game animals. Bighorn sheep, moose, deer, black bear, game birds and more can all be found within a few hours’ drive of Vancouver. We give you a breakdown of the area’s WMUs (wildlife management units) along with a WMU map and info on BC hunting regulations. Whether hunting with a gun or bow, our Mapbook will help you bag that trophy animal.
Vancouver’s paddling adventures begin with the expansive waters of the Fraser River. From peaceful Buntzen Lake, to English Bay right in the heart of Vancouver, BC’s southwestern coast and mountains are a playground for anyone with a paddle. Whether paddling on the ocean, lake, river or stream, we give you the skinny on the best places to canoe, kayak and whitewater raft.
One of the surest ways to get an authentic BC wilderness experience is to explore one of the area’s many parks. From the urban forests of Stanley Park in Vancouver to the rugged wilds of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, we have them all listed in our Vancouver, Coast and Mountains Mapbook. For the best camping, hiking, fishing and more, nothing beats the park of southwestern BC.
Rec Site Adventures
For the best of BC camping look no further than one of the many rec sites developed by forestry workers and now maintained by Recreation Sites and Trails BC. From the picturesque Bear Creek Rec Site, to the spruce trees of Silver Lake, and everywhere in between, there is something for everyone. You will find no better place to set up a tent and enjoy a picnic than at one of the many rec sites listed in our Mapbook.
The forests and mountains of southwestern BC contain a rich system of trails, from short interpretive walks to extended wilderness treks through the untamed backcountry. From the easy-to-access Capilano Mountain Trail to the pristine wilderness of Garibaldi Provincial Park, we have you covered. Panoramic views, remote waterfalls, endurance-testing summits and more are easily found in the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains region.
Check out the massive network of logging roads, trails and decommissioned railroad beds that are ripe for ATV adventures. Highlights include the rugged Chilliwack Valley Trails and the impressive system of trails through the Tulameen area. Our comprehensive coverage of off-road areas will have you racing down the trail in no time.
Although Vancouver itself may not be known for its snowmobiling, the varied terrain in the surrounding region provides an abundance of snowmobile trails – from easy, snow-covered roads and groomed trails to challenging hillside routes climbing to wide-open glaciers. We show you the snowmobiling hotspots in Pemberton and Gold Bridge, nearly 100 km (60 miles) of trails in the Lodestone area, and the mountainous terrain of the Sunshine Coast between Gibsons and the Sechelt Inlet.
Home to some of the most vibrant backcountry anywhere, southwestern BC is teeming with wildlife. We give you the lowdown on birdwatching in the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, eagle viewing around Squamish, watching black bears around berry farms near Minnekhada and so much more. Make sure to bring your binoculars when visiting the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains area!
Although Vancouver is known for its mild and rainy winters, point yourself in any direction away from the city and the snow is plentiful. From the world-class downhill terrain of Whistler to the small mountain charm of Hemlock, there is no shortage of winter fun to be had. Whether you are looking for deep powder turns, corduroy groomers, skill-testing terrain parks, peaceful Nordic trails or remote backcountry terrain, our maps and recreation descriptions will guide you through skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more!