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Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia

My first book, Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia: The Essential Guide to Overnight Hiking Trails is out now!

Book cover of Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia by Taryn Eyton

A one-stop resource for backpackers in beautiful British Columbia.

Planning your next backpacking adventure? This book covers all the essentials including:

  • 40 overnight hiking trails: discover the many different routes that BC has to offer
  • Packing tips: take only the most essential items with you (plus a few comforts)
  • Permitting: find out what permits you’ll need, and where to get them
  • Camp set-up: tips for where to pitch your tent and how to find water
  • Environmental impact: learn how to Leave No Trace behind in the wilderness

This book features backpacking routes from the North Shore up to Pemberton and Lytton and from the Sunshine Coast out to the Similkameen Valley. Beautiful photographs showcase what you’ll see along the way: mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls, old-growth forests, and more.

Every backpacking route in the book includes bonus features:

  • Trail maps and route descriptions
  • Elevation, distance and time information
  • Points of cultural and natural history
  • Pre-planning hints about fees, permits, and reservations
  • Suggested side trips and points of particular interest

Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia also shares options for extending an overnight excursion to several nights or a week, and for selecting hikes that match your timeline/fitness level.

Publisher: Greystone Books (May 11 2021)

Language: English

Paperback: 272 pages

Order a Signed Copy

I sell signed copies of Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia directly. Click through to order a personalized and signed copy, shipped directly from my home in Squamish. (Psst! This option supports me the most.)

Where to Buy

You can find Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia anywhere books are sold. If they don’t already have it, ask your local bookstore to order it.

Hey there: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks for your support. -Taryn

Book Updates

Mother Nature changes our trails and access roads every year. All info in the book was accurate at the time of writing, but of course is subject to change.

Visit my Book Updates page for the latest information on trail conditions and road access.

Awards and Praise for Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia

Anyone who reads Happiest Outdoors is used to Taryn Eyton’s incredibly detailed but user-friendly articles on outdoor topics. As expected, Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia, which describes 40 trips… is the full package. The writing is engaging, the book is superbly organized, and the sharp photos will whet your appetite for the next overnighter. Novice backpackers will especially appreciate this book, its helpful observations, and its informative introductory chapters.

Stephen Hui, author of 105 Hikes in and Around Southwestern British Columbia

This is a great resource. We’ll written and full of useful details. I’ve had it for a few days, and have already been inspired to plan 4 trips in coming months.

– 5 Star review on

A great book: a well-curated, well-organised informative book of overnight hikes!

I am so glad I have this book. It’s great for planning your next trip! The hikes were clearly carefully chosen in this book. The maps and layout of the book are great. I love the table to compare the hikes to find one that will suit you!

Bonus: there’s a whole section on backpacking basics and tips on how to leave no trace so you can be a responsible hiker!

This book gets me all excited about hiking, now I can’t wait for summer again!

– 5 Star review on

Finalist, Guidebook Category, 2021 Banff Mountain Book Competition