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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 now out!

Book cover of Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia by Taryn Eyton

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Where to Buy

You can currently order the book at the following retailers:

Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia is also available at independent bookstores and outdoor stores. Ask your local indie bookstore to order it for you.

About Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia

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

Planning your next backpacking adventure? This book covers all the essentials––including the many different routes that BC has to offer; packing and permitting ; advice for where to set up camp and find water once you arrive at your destination; and tips for minimizing your environmental impact using Leave No Trace principles.

Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia features 40 backpacking routes from the North Shore up to Pemberton and Lytton and from the Sunshine Coast out to the Similkameen Valley. The book’s beautiful photographs showcase what you’ll see along the way: mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls, old-growth forests, and more. 

Every featured backpacking trip includes:

  • Elevation, distance, and time information
  • Route descriptions and trail maps
  • Points of cultural and natural history
  • Tips on where to camp and where to find water 
  • 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 campsites that match your timeline and fitness level.

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 Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia 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

Order Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia Now

Ask your favourite bookstore to order if for you, or look for Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia at one of these independent booksellers:

Cafe Books (Canmore)

Blue Heron Books (Comox)

Huckleberry Books (Cranbrook)

Albany Books (Delta)

Abraxas Books (Denman Island)

Galiano Island Books (Galiano Island)

Four Points Books (Invermere)

Mosaic Books (Kelowna)

Black Bond Books (Ladner)

Wendel’s Books (Langley)

Black Bond Books (Maple Ridge)

Otter Books (Nelson)

Groove Cat Books and Records (New Westminster)

32 Books Gallery (North Vancouver)

Kidsbooks (North Vancouver)

Fireside Books (Parksville)

Salt Spring Books (Salt Spring Island)

Tanner’s Books (Sidney)

Black Bond Books (Surrey)

Mermaid Tales Bookshop (Tofino)

Banyen Books (Vancouver)

Book Warehouse (Vancouver)

Iron Dog Books (Vancouver)

Kidsbooks (Vancouver)

Massy Books (Vancouver)

People’s Co-op Bookstore (Vancouver)

Bolen Books (Victoria)

Ivy’s Bookshop (Victoria)

Munro’s Books (Victoria)

The Open Book (Williams Lake)

Armchair Books (Whistler)

Black Bond Books (White Rock)

Nuthatch Books (100 Mile House)

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