The West Coast of North America is well known for its volcanoes, particularly in Washington and Oregon with such mountains as Mt Rainier and St Helens. However, the chain of volcanoes stretches well into Canada and there are some spectacular examples of these peaks in the Coast Mountains of BC.
The Ancient Volcanoes Trek is situated in the heart of some of the most impressive million-year-old stratovolcanoes, some of which are still rumored to have active lava tunnels deep beneath their surface. This area is known as the Sea to Sky corridor, with the towns of Squamish and Whistler at its heart. See our Squamish guided day hiking trip and Whistler guided day hiking trip for more information on these areas.
The route of the trek takes us through peaceful alpine meadows packed with a wide variety of wild flowers. When the snow melts in July/August, these meadows erupt with colors which continues well into September. We hike past glaciers that formed 10,000 years ago which give you a glimpse of the icy history of the area, and a shocking view of how climate change has affected the landscape.
This trek is ideal for those who have done a bit of backpacking before, ideally carrying all your gear. We’ve kept distances short each day to cater for a slow, easy going pace with lots of rests and photo opportunities. If you’re a keen botanist or geologist then this is probably the trek for you! You’ll be spoilt with the alpine flowers and interesting volcanic towers. Or, if you’re looking for a wilderness escape without having to try too hard, then this trek could be perfect.
Please note: prices shown below are for public trips, meaning other guests may be on the same trip. This trip will only run once 2 or more guests are booked for the selected date.
To book a private trip for 1 or more people, please contact us
~5km hiking, 850m elev. gain, 1,750m max elev.
~6km hiking, 500m elev. gain, 2,200m max elev.
6-10km hiking, 300-400m elev. Gain, 2,000m aprox max elev.
~6km hiking, 50m elev. gain, 1,850m max elev.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee that we will stick to this plan. Weather conditions and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The trip leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Camping accomodation is provided while on the trek (3 nights).
Our tents are supplied by MountainSmith and are lightweight and weatherproof. They are very roomy to give you the most comfortable camping experience. We can provide either 2 or 4 man options, depending on the number of people in your group.
Please bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping pad/Thermarest. If you are unable to bring your own, please contact us and we can arrange a rental.
The distances travelled each day are short (less than 10km each day) because the terrain is rugged and only short sections are on defined trials. The majority of this trip is off trail, deep in the wilderness (how we like it). The route changes throughout the year depending on the amount of snow, so don’t be surprised if there’s a bit back-and-forth to find the best route. Our guides are well trained in navigation and route finding, and are very knowledgeable about this area.
You will be carrying a pack with your camping equipment, clothing, food, etc. For this reason, you must be comfortable with carrying a moderately heavy load for multiple days. This is mountainous terrain so expect to climb a lot of elevation, and more across loose or rocky ground.
Want to book a different date? Contact us to book a private trip.