If you're going to be hiking in the winter -- in a place with snow like British Columbia -- you really need good traction devices. For general-purpose hiking, microspikes are definitely the way to go.
You can't go wrong with these two models, both of while I use all the time:
1. Hillsound Trail Crampon
REI has them but also check out https://www.google.com/shopping
2. Kahtoola MICROspikes Footwear Traction
MEC has them
The Hillsound have 1/2" spikes while the Kahtoola have 3/8" spikes. If I had to pick one, it would be the Hillsound.
In the Okanagan winter hiking is usually on a mixture of snow, ice, and dirt and rocks. I happily used Yaktrax Pro in Vancouver for years but as I soon as I moved to the Okanagan they failed, because the rubber was quickly ground down by the dirt and rocks. In retrospect, microspikes would have been better than Yaktrax in Vancouver too.