Vancouver Island Trails Information Society
Vancouver Island Trails Information Society

Proudly Celebrating Our 40th Anniversary

Published Sun, Mar 25th, 2012

Some 40 years ago, a small group of local hikers decided to write the first comprehensive trail guide for Vancouver Island. The 32-page booklet, written on a manual typewriter and with hand-drawn maps, hit the shelves just before Christmas and for a bargain price of $1.00. Hiking Trails I: Victoria and Vicinity became and instant success and needed immediate reprinting. Since then, the original book, plus Hiking Trails 2: South-Central Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and Hiking Trails 3: Northern Vancouver Island have gone through 32 editions using the latest technology in map creation and book design. Our latest initiative is ebooks. 

The non-profit Vancouver Island Trails Information Society has since sold an estimated 100,000+ copies, both locally and internationally, helping to attract foreign visitors, while putting back thousands of dollars into Vancouver Island outdoor and environmental projects, from Swan Lake in Victoria to Strathcona Park near Courtenay and places between and beyond. It has also established a scholarship and bursary program at four Island post-secondary institutions. For further information, book updates, etc., go to http://www.hikingtrailsbooks.com.

We look forward to serving the Vancouver Island outdoors and recreating community for many more years.

Vancouver Island Trails Information Society