You have probably heard the term “Beautiful British Columbia” mentioned whenever our great
province comes up in conversation (we even had it on our license plates). It is a term that is
definitely well deserved. BC is home to a unique mix of mountain ranges, waterfalls, lakes and
rivers. So it does not come as a surprise that the province is also home to some of the most
breathtaking hikes known world-wide.
A great example of an amazing BC hike is Joffre Lake. This picturesque locale is simply a
perfect place to admire nature. But before you start grabbing your gear and head out the door,
make sure you have everything you need for a fun, safe and comfortable hike. Although the
Joffre Lake hike is not considered one of the harder hikes, you should still be prepared. So here
are 5 essential things you should bring to any hike.
Snacks and hydration
Yes, all of the 7adventure tours come with either a snack or lunch but it’s always good to
have a back up energy bar in your bag just in case. If it is your first time hiking a particular
location, there is really no way for you to know how challenging you will find it, so having a quick
energy boosting snack is always a good idea. Let’s not forget about the importance of hydration.
Bring a reusable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated while you take in the scenery. For longer
hikes, and as a precaution, consider taking along a few purification tablets in case.
If you time your BC hike well then you should be getting some of that amazing west
coast sunshine you’ve been hearing about. But this also means that you should bring some
protection to keep your skin safe on your hours-long treks. Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts
that’s breathable to also keep you cool. Don’t skimp on sun block lotion either. Nothing ruins a
great trip than a nasty sunburn.
Good hiking boots or shoes
Appropriate footwear is a must with any hike. Wearing hiking shoes will keep you
comfortable and safe in your adventure. Depending on the hike, wear shoes that will keep your
feet nice and dry. Hiking boots is always a good option for rougher terrains. They may be
heavier but the extra support protects your ankles when traversing rocky or wooded landscapes.
If you’re unsure, please make sure you reach out to a 7adventure team member before you
head out and they can provide you with advice on the matter.
Although all 7adventure team members are expert hikers and are extremely familiar with
all tour locations, it’s always a good idea to have a way to navigate on your own in case you get
separated. This could simply mean downloading a navigation or map app on your mobile phone.
However, in areas where a signal is not available, a simple map and compass combination is as
reliable as any app.
Remember those beautiful sunny days we told you to make sure you’re prepared for?
Well they could also quickly turn into a rainy cold day, especially during longer hikes. Make sure
you keep a lightweight jacket tucked away in your pack just in case. They should also be at
least water resistant to keep you nice and dry. If you think your hike will go on until the sun goes
down, also consider another set of insulating piece of clothing, like a sweater. Nothing takes
away from admiring a beautiful sunset other than being uncomfortably cold.
Extra: Make sure you bring your cameras, because you’re going to want to snap some pics of
what will surely be a once in a lifetime experience.