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108 beautiful fall hikes to do in and around Metro Vancouver

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108 beautiful fall hikes to do in and around Metro Vancouver

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Jenni Sheppard Sep 25, 2017 9:00 am 627

The summer may be drawing to a close, but there’s still a few more weeks of mild weather left, and plenty of hikes still accessible near Vancouver this fall.

From easier strolls for those who aren’t ready to work up a sweat quite yet, to harder hikes for the tougher grizzlies among you, there’s something out there with your name on it.

Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite hikes in and around Vancouver for this fall, organized by recommended hiking times.

Make sure you read up on the dangers of hiking and what to pack before you head out, and have fun out there.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from North Shore Rescue and AdventureSmart.

Before the end of September

Easier

Dam Mountain

The view from Dam Mountain (Ruth Hartnup/Flickr)

The view from Dam Mountain (Ruth Hartnup/Flickr)

What: An easy and short albeit steep hike into the backcountry behind Grouse Mountain, up to a rocky outcrop. You’ll get occasional glimpses of the Howe Sound and Cypress Mountain, as well as Burrard Inlet and Crown Mountain.

How long: 2 hours or 5 km

Where: Starts and ends at the top of Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus bus 236 to its final stop, Grouse Mountain – then take the Grouse Mountain Skyride gondola.

Recommended: From July to September

Little Goat Mountain

#moody #crownmountain A Lunch break with a view. #sunday #hiking w @tstas

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What: Another short, easy, uphill hike in the backcountry behind Grouse Mountain, offering views of Crown Mountain and Goat Mountain.

How long: 2.5 hours or 5.5 km

Where: Starts and ends at the top of Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus bus 236 to its final stop, Grouse Mountain – then take the Grouse Mountain Skyride gondola.

Recommended: From July to September

Thunderbird Ridge

Cloudy views of Vancouver from Thunderbird Ridge . . . . . #thunderbirdridge #grousemountain #pnw #neverstopexploring #pnwonderland #canadathenorth #bcpnw #explorecanada #outdoorbc #vancouvertrails #outdoorvancouver #hikebc #beautifulbc #cascadia #wildernessculture #thecanadiancollective #earthporn

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What: A quick easy hike from the top of Grouse Mountain, on a clear day, you’ll be able to see scenic views of Crown Mountain, Kennedy Lake and Vancouver, as you wander along the alpine trail behind Grouse.

How long: 2.5 hours or 6 km

Where: Starts and ends at the top of Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus bus 236 to its final stop, Grouse Mountain – then take the Grouse Mountain Skyride gondola.

Recommended: From July to September

Harder

Watersprite Lake–Squamish

Fall is coming! Yesterday’s weather was a bit gloomy, so @petitejosette and I decided to go find some colors in the mountains. Nothing better than a subalpine lake to brighten up your day. The way up was very muddy and slippery, but once more, the reward was totally worth it. #throwback to last September.

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What: This intermediate hike up to a turquoise glacial lake offers several scenic views of Mamquam River, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Martin Peak, Dreadnought Peak, and Watersprite Creek Valley. The trail follows old logging roads mostly, although there is a steep, rocky section and a climb up a boulder field to navigate.

How long: 7 hours or 17 km

Where: Starts and ends in a large parking area near the Skookum Dam, off Skookum Creek FSR east of Squamish. Four-wheel drive vehicle recommended.

Get there: A 1-hour 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to September

Conflict Lake

When plan A, B and C don’t go as planned, keep on singing the alphabet, because today plan D was perfect. Enjoyed a bushwack, hike and swim with @jesse_millen @inawest @chethandsom & 🐶. #fabfour #nobaddays #conflictlake #callaghan #lovewhereyoulive #explorebc #huntingforsnow #smithwomen #goatworthy

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What: This intermediate hike in the Callaghan Valley is a beautiful trek through lush forests and mountain meadows, along small streams and wooden bridges. You’ll head uphill over logs and rocks at one point, but eventually this becomes meadow and creek. And the reward at the end? Beautiful Conflict Lake, where you can walk down to the shoreline.

How long: 5 hours or 12 km

Where: Trail begins and ends about 200 metres before Callaghan Lake, on a rugged gravel forest service road off the Callaghan Valley Road. Four-wheel drive recommended.

Get there: A 2-hour 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From June to September

Rainbow Falls

Waterfalls has its own music for those who will listen 👂🎼🎶

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What: Rainbow Falls, near Whistler, are reached on the intermediate Rainbow Lake trail along 21 Mile Creek. It is a little steep, but it’s a short trail so an easy stop along the Sea To Sky. If you feel like making a day of it, you can continue on to Rainbow Lake.

How long: 40 minutes or 1.4 km to the falls, and 6 hours or 16 km roundtrip to the lake.

Where: Trail starts about 7 km down Alta Lake Road, off the Sea To Sky Highway, north of Whistler.

Get there: A two-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to September

BCMC Trail

Misty trees & fresh snow on Grouse! ❄️🤔

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What: This difficult hike up steep slopes through the forest east of the Grouse Grind will reward you with a less busy workout away from the crowds. Be careful to step over the pipes and cables partially buried along the route.

How long: 1.5 hours or 3 km

Where: Starts at the Grouse Mountain parking lot and ends at the top of Grouse Mountain. You’ll need to take the Gondola back down.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay the bus 236 to Grouse Mountain.

Recommended: From June to September

Hanes Valley Trail

The boulder field on the Hanes Valley Trail on Vancouver's North Shore (Michael Scheltgen/Flickr)

The boulder field on the Hanes Valley Trail on Vancouver’s North Shore (Michael Scheltgen/Flickr)

What: This scenic, but extremely difficult North Shore trail, which takes you from the Lynn Creek crossing to the top of Grouse Mountain. The most difficult section is an extremely steep boulder field, which you’ll have to scramble up using your hands and feet. For experienced, prepared, and very physically fit hikers only.

How long: 8.5 hours or 16 km

Where: Starts at the top of Lynn Valley Road, in North Vancouver, ends on the top of Grouse Mountain, so you’ll have to get the Skyride back down to the mountain parking lot.

Get there: A 35-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay, then bus 228 to Underwood Avenue and Dempsey Road. To get home afterwards, you can catch bus 236 from Grouse Mountain to Lonsdale Quay.

Recommended: From July to September

Golden Ears

Doesn’t get much better than this! Nothing can beat the simplistic beauty of the great Canadian outdoors! 📷🌄🇨🇦 . Photo by @rachelbarkman

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What: This difficult hike to Golden Ears is long, challenging, and you’ll need good hiking boots, but you’re rewarded with spectacular views. It could be done in a day if you start super early, but it’s better to camp and give yourself lots of daylight hours to complete the hike. Expect steep rocks, permanent snowfield, and ladders.

How long: 12 hours or 24 km

Where: Trail begins in the West Canyon parking lot in Golden Ears Provincial Park in Maple Ridge.

Get there: A one-hour 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to September

Before the end of October

Easier

Dog Mountain

The view from Dog Mountain (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

The view from Dog Mountain (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

What: This may be a short, easy hike, but it has a spectacular view of Vancouver on a clear day. Watch out for slippery tree roots, as you make your way past a lake, across streams and over wooden bridges, before reaching this rocky outcrop.

How long: 1.5 hours or 3 km

Where: Starts and ends at the parking area of Mount Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver.

Get there: A 50-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From June to October

Goldie Lake

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What: This easy trail meanders through the forest on top of Mount Seymour before opening up to reveal a lovely lake and a great spot for lunch.

How long: 2 hours or 3 km

Where: Starts and ends at the parking area of Mount Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver.

Get there: A 50-minute drive from downtown Vancouver

Recommended: From June to October

Cabin Lake

Cabin Lake (Chris Morisawa/Flickr)

Cabin Lake (Chris Morisawa/Flickr)

What: Cabin Lake is one of the best swimming holes on the North Shore, and can get quite busy in warm weather, with plenty of areas for relaxing and diving spots, if you’re happy with a fairly easy 3.5 km hike to get there.

How long: 2 hours or 5 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at Cypress Mountain parking lot – 6000 Cypress Bowl Rd, West Vancouver

Get there: About 45 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: June to October

Mystery Lake

found our pot of gold

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What: A super easy hike, albeit over tree roots and loose rocks, to a great swimming spot in Mount Seymour National Park.

How long: 1.25 hours or 3 km

Where: Starts and ends at the parking area of Mount Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver

Get there: A 50-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October.

Bridal Veil Falls–Chilliwack

Bridal Falls (Tom Sayles/Flickr)

Bridal Veil Falls (Tom Sayles/Flickr)

What: Bridal Veil Falls, near Chilliwack, are accessed with an easy walk and beautiful to behold, named for the veiling effect of the water cascading over the smooth rock face. And while you’re there, make sure you stop for pie in the airport. Trust us, it’s amazing.

How long: 15 minutes or 800 m

Where: On Bridal Falls Road, off Harrison Hotspring Road, east of Chilliwack in Rosedale.

Get there: One hour and 30 minutes driving from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From May to October

Lost Lake Nature Trail

Lost Lake near Whistler (Pierre Leclerc/Shutterstock)

Lost Lake near Whistler (Pierre Leclerc/Shutterstock)

What: This easy hike will take you around Lost Lake, a small lake which features a beach, picnic tables, food trucks, and slackline posts. The trail will take you first along a creek then weaves through the forest before reaching the lake.

How long: 1.5 hours or 5 km

Where: Trail starts and ends behind the Cross Country Connection ski rental shop, on the other side of the creek from Lorimer Road near Blackcomb Way, Whistler.

Get there: One hour and 45 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From March to October

Harder

Eagle Bluffs

View from Eagle Bluffs (McKay Savage/Flickr)

View from Eagle Bluffs (McKay Savage/Flickr)

What: This intermediate route from Cypress Mountain, past Cabin Lake and Black Mountain, is steep but rewarding, with spectacular views of the Lions and Brunswick Mountain, as well as Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast.

How long: 4 hours or 8 km

Where: Starts and ends at the Cypress Mountain ski area parking lot – 6000 Cypress Bowl Rd, West Vancouver.

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

Mount Fromme

This is what 5 hours of sweat and tears looks like 😅

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What: This intermediate, steep trek takes you through green forest to views of Garibaldi Provincial Park, Crown Mountain, Goat Mountain, and Mount Seymour. Note that at one point, there’s a rope to help you up a steep bank, and towards the end, you’ll have to pull yourself up over tree roots.

How long: 5 hours or 10 km

Where: Starts and ends at the top of St. Georges Avenue in North Vancouver

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay, then bus 230.

Recommended: From July to October

Mount Seymour

Crazy clouds from the top of Mount Seymour (Josh Stuart/Flickr)

Crazy clouds from the top of Mount Seymour (Josh Stuart/Flickr)

What: A steep, intermediate hike up one of the mountains you’ll likely come riding down once the snow falls, a couple of months later. Full of wild foliage, wooden bridges and rocky hills, it’s worth the effort, for the incredible view of Vancouver at the top.

How long: 5 hours or 9 km

Where: Starts and ends at the parking area of Mount Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver.

Get there: A 50-minute drive from downtown Vancouver

Recommended: From July to October

Mount Strachan

How wanderful is this view ☺️ #wanderlustwednesday . . . . . #mountstrachan #hiking #explorebc #beautifulbc #westcoast #howesound #pnw #nature #adventure #explore #wanderlust #photography #gopro #goprohero3 #vancity #vancitywild #mountaingirls #outdoorwomen #womenwhohike #dametraveler #wildernessbabes #hellobc #travel #getoutside #adventureculture #wildernessculture #explorecanada #neverstopexploring #freshairandfreedom

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What: A challenging, intermediate hike up one of the three mountains which form the Cypress Mountain ski resort, you’ll pass the historical debris of a crashed Royal Canadian plane on your way to views of the Howe Sound.

How long: 5.5 hours or 10.5 km

Where: Starts and ends at the Cypress Mountain ski area parking lot – 6000 Cypress Bowl Rd, West Vancouver.

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

St. Mark’s Summit

The view from St Mark's Summit on the Howe Sound Crest Trail in North Vancouver (Harold Cecchetti/Flickr)

The view from St Mark’s Summit on the Howe Sound Crest Trail in North Vancouver (Harold Cecchetti/Flickr)

What: Part of the Howe Sound Crest Trail which winds alongside Cypress Mountain, this intermediate hike features a lot of steep switchbacks, so be prepared. At the top, it’s all worth it, for the amazing views of the Howe Sound, the Tantalus Range, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island on a clear day.

How long: 5 hours or 11 km

Where: Starts and ends at the Cypress Mountain ski area parking lot – 6000 Cypress Bowl Rd, West Vancouver.

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

Goat Mountain

On top of a mountain🍃 #goatmountain #todaysclimb #vancouverhikes #canadaadventures

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What: This is a picturesque, intermediate, steep hike, featuring rocky slopes and switchbacks, ropes and chains, and a scramble to the top. But what a reward when you get there – views of Vancouver, Mount Baker, Vancouver Island, and Garibaldi Provincial Park.

How long: 4 hours or 8 km

Where: Starts and ends at the top of Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus bus 236 to its final stop, Grouse Mountain – then take the Grouse Mountain Skyride gondola.

Recommended: From July to October

Hollyburn Mountain

Eerste hike in Canada! 🇨🇦

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What: This intermediate hike ploughs uphill for 450 metres – including a very steep last section. But you’ll emerge to 360-degree views of the Georgia Strait, the Gulf Islands, Vancouver’s westside, the peaks of the Lions and Grouse Mountain.

How long: 3.5 hours or 7 km

Where: Starts and ends at the cross-country ski parking lot of Cypress Mountain (don’t worry, this trail is free, as it’s maintained by BC Parks, not the resort).

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown.

Recommended: From July to October

Lynn Peak

Lunch with a view #lynnpeak #northshoremountains #northshorehikers #Hiking #getoutside #britishcolumbia #vancitybuzz #Vancouver #hikebc #hike #vancouverbc #vanlife #pacificnorthwest #pnw #pnwonderland #explorebc #explorecanada🍁 #hellovancouver #hellobc #hellocanada #summer #LowerSeymourConservationReserve #metrovancouver #adventure #bcisbeautiful

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What: This intermediate hike is certainly challenging but it offers a spectacular view of Mount Seymour at the top, plus a good cardio workout. The uphill trail can be rocky in parts, but there’s also lush forest and some flatter areas to enjoy too.

How long: 4 hours or 9 km

Where: Starts and ends at the last parking lot in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, North Vancouver.

Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay then bus 228 to Lynn Valley.

Recommended: From June to October

Crown Mountain

#Conquered the #Crown 👸🏼👑 #CrownMountain (also did #GrouseGrind 😸) #exploreBC #Hike 12

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What: This extremely difficult, steep hike takes you down into Crown Pass, then up Crown Mountain. In return, you’ll get amazing views of the Capilano Watershed, the Lions, Vancouver, and the local mountains. But be warned, this hike involves using chains to clamber down slippery rocks, crossing boulder fields, climbing over large trees – and doing it all again in reverse to get home. At the top, be very careful as a fall could be fatal.

How long: 7 hours or 9.8 km

Where: Starts and ends at the top of Grouse Mountain, so you’ll need to take the Skyride up from the parking lot, and return the same way.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay, then bus 236. Grouse Mountain sometimes runs a free shuttle from Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

Dilly Dally Loop–Port Moody

I’m due for another adventure soon. #explorebc #eaglemountain #hikingadventures #beautifulbc #naturephotography #natureatitsfinest #goplayoutside #hiking #mountainlife #adventure #hellobc #getoutside #hike #dillydallyloop

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What: This difficult hike on the east side of Buntzen Lake takes you around Eagle Mountain, to traverse Tangled Summit and Dilly Dally Peak, and offers spectacular views in a variety of environments.  Only for experienced, prepared hikers.

How long: 12 hours or 25 km

Where: Trail starts at Buntzen Lake parking lot off in Port Moody.

Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

Lindeman Lake–Chilliwack

This lake is as cool (literally) as it looks

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What: This intermediate, uphill hike heads into the trees, over Post Creek, and up to beautiful Lindeman Lake, where you’ll find a viewpoint and sandy beach.

How long: 2 hours or 3.4 km

Where: Starts and ends at a trailhead marker on a yellow gate when the paving ends some 40 km down Chilliwack Lake Road, near Chilliwack

Get there: 2 hours and 15 minutes driving from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From May to October

 

Mount Cheam–Chilliwack

View from the top of Mount Cheam (Ethan Sztuhar/Flickr)

View from the top of Mount Cheam (Ethan Sztuhar/Flickr)

What: This intermediate, uphill hike offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Chilliwack, the Fraser River, Jones Lake, and even Mount Baker. The trail takes you through a lush meadow, along a small creek, and up a series of switchbacks that hug the mountain. Warning–don’t get too close to the edge on your way up or on the top. Rocks have given way in the past, sending hikers to their deaths.

How long: 4.5 hours or 9.5 km

Where: Access point is located along the Chipmunk Creek Forest Service Road near Chilliwack

Get there: A 2 hour 45 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. You’ll need a four-wheel truck to make it down the forestry road to the trailhead.

Recommended: From July to October

Elk Mountain–Chilliwack

. . . . . #elkmountain #chilliwack #hikingadventures #explorebc #beautifulbc #vsco #hiking #mountains #picoftheday #beautifulbritishcolumbia

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What: This intermediate hike offers spectacular views of Chilliwack, Cultus Lake, and the surrounding Fraser Valley area. Although the trail begins in a forested area with a steady incline up a wide path, be aware the top is very steep and can be slippery.

How long: 4 hours or 7 km

Where: Trail starts in a clearing about 10 km down Elk View Road in Chilliwack

Get there: A 1 hour 45 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From June to October

Lions Binkert Trail–Lions Bay

Unparalleled natural beauty is what amazes me about Canada. 50 shades of blue & feeling on top of the world high up in the mountains, connected to nature. This is the toughest hike I have attempted, but the view was worth it. #yaletownheartscanada #throwback #hiking #explorebc #beautifulbc #kynashikingadventures #canada150 #lionsbinkert #summer #howesound

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What: This difficult hike takes you up to the Lions, the iconic peaks overlooking Vancouver. The view is just as spectacular as the Lions themselves, rewarding you with a panorama of Howe Sound, Bowen Island, the Capilano Watershed, and Vancouver. On the way, you’ll have to deal with steep switchbacks, rocks, boulders, and a scramble to the top.

How long: 8 hours or 16 km

Where: Starts and ends at a small parking area off Sunset Drive, in Lions Bay. Be careful to park in the proper place, otherwise your vehicle could be towed.

Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

Petgill Lake–Britannia

Lovvvvvving Vancouver and BC. This picture was taken on a hike to Petgill Lake, which is just between Vancouver and Squamish. Vancouver and it’s surroundings are beyond beautiful. #vancouver #canada

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What: This intermediate hike begins with a steep scramble up the side of a mountain, before levelling out to dips into ravines and switchbacks through the forest. At the end, you’ll be rewarded with the peace of quiet Petgill Lake, and a viewpoint overlooking Howe Sound, Mount Sedgwick, and the Tantalus Mountain Ranges.

How long: 6 hours or 11.5 km

Where: Starts and ends on the other side of the highway from the parking lot of Murrin Lake Provincial Park north of Britannia on the Sea-To-Sky Highway.

Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From March to October

Al’s Habrich Ridge Trail–Squamish

🏞 #mountainvillage #squamish #seatosky #alshabrichridgetrail #hiking #westcoastbestcoast #backcountry #latergram #happyfriday #explorebc #imagesofcanada

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What: This intermediate hike to just beyond Neverland Lake offers awesome views of Howe Sound and Squamish, taking you over creeks, along a granite ridge, and through the forest to the lake. Note that in some places you’l need to haul yourself over large rocks using the ropes provided.

How long: 5 hours or 7 km

Where: Starts and ends at the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola in Squamish, off the Sea-T0-Sky Highway, so you’ll need to take the gondola up and back down again afterwards.

Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

Murrin Loop–Squamish

what happens to me after 5 crazy overnight shifts #chillandbestill #quercusviewpoint #myinnerfire #savasana

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What: This intermediate hike to the Quercus Viewpoint in Murrin Provincial Park may be short, but it is steep. However, after clambering up wooden stairs and trekking uphill through the forest, you’ll get amazing views of the Howe Sound and nearby Browning Lake.

How long: 1.5 hours or 2 km

Where: Starts and ends at the parking lot for Browning Lake and Murrin Provincial Park along the Sea To Sky Highway, just south of Squamish.

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From February to October

Elfin Lakes–Squamish

#elfinlakes #squamish #gotakeahike #passionpassport #wildchild #canon #gopro #mountaingirls #alpinegirls #madeincanada #vancouvertrails #VanCity #beautifulBC #BeautifulBritishColumbia #travel #wanderlust #northwestisbest #westcoastbestcoast #lovethewild #liveauthentic #pnw #playoutside #snapseed #getlost #explorebc

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What: This intermediate hike takes you to two small but gorgeous lakes in the beautiful alpine surroundings of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Expect an ascent to get into the alpine area, before a final descent towards the lakes as they glisten in the sun.

How long: 6 hours or 22 km

Where: Starts and ends at the parking lot in Garibaldi Provincial Park, off Mamquam Road, near Squamish, off the Sea-To-Sky Highway

Get there: A one-hour 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

High Falls–Squamish

don’t look down. #highfallscreek

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What: The intermediate trail to High Falls is aptly named – if you’re afraid of heights, it may not be for you. Do not look down. Use the ropes and scramble over those rocks. In return, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the waterfall and several mountain vistas.

How long: 5 hours or 12 km

Where: Trail begins about 23.5 kilometres down the Squamish Valley Road, off the Sea To Sky Highway.

Get there: A two-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From May to October

Brohm Lake–Squamish

I was the only one here this morning

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What: Brohm Lake is surrounded by lush, quiet forest full of intermediate trails that climb up to viewpoints over the Cheakamus River and Tantalus Mountain Range.

How long: 5 hours or 7.5 km

Where: Brohm Lake is on the Sea-To-Sky Highway, just north of Squamish.

Get there: One hour and 25 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From April to October

 

Helm Lake

Already missing summer days #helmcreek #helmcreektrail #helmlake #garibaldi #garibaldiprovincialpark #pacificnorthwest #provincialpark #parks #bcparks #canada #whistler #bc #britishcolumbia #explorecanada #explorebc #pnw #westcoast #pnwcollective #pnwonderland #optoutside #alpine #alpinetrail #alpineview #viewpoint #mountains #nature #summer #summerdays #wildflowers #hiking

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What: This difficult hike is steep, climbing up a series of switchbacks, then continuing uphill, but offers amazing views of Black Tusk, Cinder Cone, and the surrounding area.

How long: 9 hours or 26 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at Cheakamus Lake signposted parking lot, down a dirt road, just south of Whistler off the Sea To Sky Highway.

Get there: Two hours 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

Garibaldi Lake

Lake Garibaldi (Dan Breckwoldt/Shutterstock)

Lake Garibaldi (Dan Breckwoldt/Shutterstock)

What: Garibaldi Lake is pretty isolated, but this stunning lake is worth the two to three hour, intermediate, steep uphill hike to get there. You’ll feel as though you’ve entered a parallel universe, as you marvel at the turquoise-blue lake lined with glacier-capped mountains and lush green trees.

How long: 5 hours or 18 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at the Rubble Creek parking lot in Garibaldi Provincial Park, just south of Whistler.

Get there: One hour and 45 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

Crater Rim Trail

Loggers Lake #craterrimtrail #hiking #whistler

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What: This intermediate, uphill hike travels through the gorgeous Whistler Interpretive Forest to an amazing view of Loggers Lake and Garibaldi Provincial Park. The lake is one of the warmest in Whistler, because it isn’t glacier fed and the rocky volcano walls protect it from cold air.

How long: 2 hours or 4.5 km

Where: Starts and ends across from a small parking area on Cheakamus Forestry Road, near Function Junction, Whistler.

Get there: A two-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From May to October

Black Tusk

First of my two finals tomorrow afternoon, and i can hardly focus knowing that i’m a week away from what’s going to be an absolutely amazing summer! #vimff2017

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What: This difficult, scenic hike is best completed over two days, camping overnight at Garibaldi Lake or Taylor Meadows. As you trek uphill, you’ll be able to enjoy lush forest, open meadows, alpine flowers, and views of Garibaldi Lake. Be warned, there is a scramble over loose shale to endure and loose rocks on the cliffs to watch out for.

How long: 11 hours or 29 km

Where: Starts and ends at the Rubble Creek parking lot, off Rubble Creek Road in Garibaldi Provincial Park, off the Sea-To-Sky south of Whistler.

Get there: A one-hour 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

Panorama Ridge

Panorama Ridge 🏔#whistler #panoramaridge #vancouvertrails #adidasoriginals #vancouvertrails #vancitywild #explorebc #explorecanada #bcparks #adventuring #pnw #604explore #hike #canada

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What: This difficult hike offers panoramic views of Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk, and the Helm Lake area. However, it’s a long, uphill hike, so best completed over two days, camping overnight at Garibaldi Lake or Taylor Meadows. You’ll enjoy a scenic trek through green forest, colourful flowers and along a medley of streams. But be warned, you will need to scramble up the rocky slopes using your hands eventually. Gruelling, but worth it.

How long: 11 hours or 30 km

Where: Starts and ends at the Rubble Creek parking lot, off Rubble Creek Road in Garibaldi Provincial Park, off the Sea-To-Sky south of Whistler.

Get there: A one-hour 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From July to October

Before the end of November

Easier

Alice Lake–Squamish

Away from the city🌙🌿🍃🍄 ⛺️🏔#campvibes. . . . . . . #vancity #vancitybuzz #enjoyvancouver #vancouver #explorebc #vancouverisawesome #greatnorthcollective #veryvancouver #themountainiscalling #mindthemountains #finditliveit #exploremore #visualsoflife #visualsgang #explorebc #mountains #lakealice #lake #waves #blue #cloudporn #clouds #beautiful #pretty

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What: Alice Lake is surrounded by towering mountains, dense forests and grassy areas – a very popular swimming spot in warm weather. The easy Four Lakes Trail offers a scenic hike past lakes, creeks, and groves of trees, and takes in Edith Lake and Fawn Lake too.

How long: 2 hours or 6 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at Alice Lake parking lot, off Alice Lake Road, north of Squamish

Get there: About one hour and 20 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver

Recommended: From April to November.

Cheakamus Lake

Trying to find some serenity amid the chaos. So glad this incredibly taxing week is finally over. If you have me on snapchat you probably saw that I’ve been surviving on approximately 3 hours of sleep every night, probably drank more coffee than water this past week and pretty sure most of my calorie intake came from the unhealthy amount of midnight snacking I’ve been eating. Gotta keep telling myself that if other people have done it, I can do it as well, and that my army training has shown me that I have the perseverance and mental resilience to get over this. | 📸: @k8e.lee

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What: This easy hike in Garibaldi Provincial Park takes you to the shores of a turquoise glacial lake surrounded by mountains and forests. Be prepared for snow on the trail, even if it is flip-flop weather in Vancouver. We speak from experience!

How long: 5 hours or 16 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at Cheakamus Lake signposted parking lot, down a dirt road, just south of Whistler off the Sea To Sky Highway.

Get there: Two hours 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From May to November

Whistler Train Wreck

No Wifi for a while has put me behind on pictures but here are some really cool shots of a train near Whistler that derailed in the forest back in the 50s. #vanlife #adventuretime #adventureisoutthere #highlife #travel #trees #trainwreck #graffiti #art #wreck #traveller #travelgram #traveling #backpack #backpacker #outside #outdoors #adventure #explore #epic #wanderlust #whistler #exploreeverything #hike #hiker #paint #awesome #sick #dope #instagood

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What: This easy hike takes you through the forest and over a suspension bridge to a set of mangled box cars, abandoned in the forest after a train wreck in 1956, and now covered in colourful murals.

How long: 1 hour or 2 km

Where: Trail begins and ends across from a parking area on a small road off Jane Lakes Road, Function Junction, Whistler

Get there: A 1-hour 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From May to November

Cascade Falls–Mission

Forest greens 🌲 . . . . . . #pnw #photooftheday #nature #stayandwander #instagood #liveauthentic #awakethesoul #welivetoexplore #aov #exploretocreate #canon #liveoutdoors #awesome_earthpix #vscocam #exklusive_shot #artofvisuals #igmasters #peoplescreatives #bestvacations #visualsoflife #beautifuldestinations #thegreatoutdoors #pnwonderland #thatpnwlife #roamtheplanet #modernoutdoors #ourplanetdaily #livefolk #canon_photos @roamtheplanet @instagood @earth @wilderness_culture @artofvisuals @ourplanetdaily @pnwonderland @thatpnwlife

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What: This easy uphill walk ends at a suspension bridge which crosses in front of scenic Cascade Falls to a wooden viewing platform, where you can feel the mist of the falls as the water cascades past you.

How long: Half an hour or 0.75 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at the Cascade Falls Regional Park parking lot, off Ridgeview Road, northeast of Mission near Deroche

Get there: A one hour 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From April to November

Harder

Brothers Creek Loop

In the Jungle the mighty jungle… #brotherscreek #brotherscreekloop #brotherscreektrail #brotherscreekhike #hiking #westvancouverhiking #hikingtrail #forest #nature #naturephotography #forestphotography #trees #trails #westvancouver #exploringvancouver #naturescape #picoftheday

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What: This intermediate hike, open to the public but on private property, offers glimpses of waterfalls and takes you past the Candelabra Fir, a huge tree that towers over the surrounding forest.

How long: 4 hours or 7 km

Where: Starts and ends on Millstream Road near Henlow Road in the British Properties area.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take buses 250 then 254 instead.

Recommended: From April to November

Sendero Diez Vistas–Port Moody

I’m wonderin if I’m really here 📍 • • • • • • • • • • • #diezvista #buntzen #hikeBC #explorebc #parkscanada #bcparks #views #pnw #pnwcollective #damgooddays #happyadventuring #nobaddays #outdoorvancouver #adventurevisuals #cureboredom #yvr #vancitywild #vancitybuzz #brmblife #getoutside #pnwhikers #dailyhivevan

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What: This intermediate hike around Buntzen Lake in Port Moody offers you 10 beautiful views, taking in everything from the surrounding lakes and mountains to Deep Cove, downtown Vancouver and Indian Arm. And if you don’t feel like hiking, you can always take a refreshing dip in the lakeside beaches instead.

How long: Up to 7 hours or 15 km

Where: Starts and ends at the Buntzen Lake parking lot in Port Moody.

Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown, or take the SkyTrain to Port Moody, then bus 182.

Recommended: From April to November

UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest

Salamander #biodiversity #riparian #stream #forestmanagement

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What: This intermediate hike will take you through a forest area maintained by the UBC Faculty of Forestry near Maple Ridge. Expect lush rainforest, thick moss, small streams, and some uphill walks in the woods. Look out for salamanders too!

How long: 3 hour or 8 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at the forest parking lot and gate on Silver Valley Road, near Maple Ridge.

Get there: A one-hour 10-minute drive from downtown Vancouver

Recommended: From February to November

Harrison Grind–Harrison Lake

Beautiful spring day to be hiking with my mom #nofilterneeded #harrisongrind #hike

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What: This difficult hike may be named after the Grouse Grind, but it’s not for the inexperienced. At the top you’ll be rewarded with views of Harrison Lake, but on the way, you’ll face a steep hike on a rugged route with sections that are overgrown and some sections that have even become a creek.

How long: 6 hours or 7 km

Where: Trail starts and ends on Hot Spring Road at Balsam Avenue in Harrison Lake

Get there: A one-hour 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver

Recommended: From March to November

Sumas Mountain–Abbotsford

Fun time exploring Sumas mountain up in BC. So much to see up there, I’ve only just scratched the surface. Thanks @fvmba for maintaining some fun trails!! #sumasmountain #fraserriver #bc

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What: The difficult hike up Sumas Mountain takes you through lush forest, over a river running through a ravine, and up, up, up on an often overgrown, sometimes narrow trail. Along the way, take in the beautiful Chadsey Lake and Fraser Valley vistas, before hitting the top for views of Mount Baker on a clear day.

How long: 6.5 hours or 13.5 km

Where: The trailhead is marked with orange markers about 9 km down Sumas Mountain Road after the turnoff from North Parallel Road, in Abbotsford.

Get there: A one hour 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From May to November

Tunnel Bluffs–Lions Bay

Climbing hills. Lovin where I live.

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What: This intermediate hike climbs steeply initially, with ropes available to help you with the steepest sections, before flattening out to take you through the forest to a spectacular view of the Howe Sound. Be careful crossing the highway at the start of the hike, and watch out for worn out ropes.

How long: 4.5 hours or 8 km

Where: Starts and ends on the east side of the Sea To Sky Highway, opposite a parking lot on the west side, just north of Lions Bay. Note that to get to the parking lot, you will have to drive a couple of kms further along the highway to do a U-turn.

Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From May to November

Sea to Summit Trail–Squamish

I think I could live in Squamish 🌲🌲🌲 . . . #explorebc #pnw #pnwonderland #hellobc #hikebc #outdoorvancouver #vancouverisawesome #squamish #goplayoutside #gowhistler #littlethingswhistler #squamishchief #seatosummit #seatosummittrail #stawamuschief #stawamus

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What: This intermediate hike was formerly known as the Upper Shannon Falls Trail and offers a steep hike, good workout, and sweeping views of Howe Sound, the Chief, and Shannon Falls. Note that there you will need to scramble uphill and use ropes to get over smooth rocks. At one point, you will also have to pull yourself over a challenging, large rock.

How long: 3.5 hours or 7.5 km

Where: Starts at the bottom of the Sea To Sky Gondola and finishes at the lodge at the top, north of Britannia off the Sea-To-Sky Highway. Take the gondola back down when you’re done.

Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From March to November

Stawamus Chief–Squamish

Second peak on the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, British Columbia (Pierre Leclerc/Shutterstock)

Second peak on the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, British Columbia (Pierre Leclerc/Shutterstock)

What: Tough it to the top of the second biggest granite monolith in the world and spectacular ocean and mountain views await you. Wear proper hiking boots though – this intermediate hike involves chains, ropes and a lot of boulders. (If you want to enjoy the view, but not the hike, take the Sea To Sky Gondola instead.)

How long: 6 hours or 11 km

Where: Starts and ends at the Shannon Falls parking lot, off the Sea To Sky Highway before you get to Squamish.

Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown.

Recommended: From March to November

Crooked Falls

Such an amazing hike to Crooked Falls near Squamish

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What: You can reach the remote Crooked Falls on the Sigurd Creek Trail, a difficult, uphill hike north of Squamish that will reward you with spectacular views. Note – this is a wilderness area so be prepared. There are several very steep and slippery sections. Hiking boots and poles are recommended.

How long: 4 hours or 6 km

Where: 36 km north of Squamish; the Sigurd Creek trailhead is on the left side of the road 2.4 km after turning left onto Ashlu Road from Squamish Valley Road.

Get there: One hour and 30 minutes drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: From April to November

All year round

Easier

Foreshore Trail

Wreck Beach in Vancouver (Colin Knowles/Flickr)

Wreck Beach in Vancouver (Colin Knowles/Flickr)

What: This easy trail through Pacific Spirit Regional Park passes through Vancouver’s famously nudist Wreck Beach. Along the way, you’ll enjoy scenic views and see an old WWII tower designed to warn Vancouver of impending attack. Note that more than half of the trail follows the beach, which is rocky, slippery, and can be challenging during high tides.

How long: 3 hours or 5 km

Where: Starts and ends at the Acadia Beach parking lot on NW Marine Drive, just past Pacific Spirit Regional Park at UBC, Vancouver

Get there: A 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take bus 44.

Recommended: All year round

Stanley Park

Stanley Park in the mist (Zhenwang Wang/Shutterstock)

Stanley Park in the mist (Zhenwang Wang/Shutterstock)

What: The quintessential easy Vancouver hike through a beautiful urban park. Stanley Park is full of many networks of trails for both cycling and hiking. Venture into the forest to find Beaver Lake, and watch out for over-friendly raccoons!

How long: 2 hours or 6.5 km

Where: Starts near the Rose Garden and loops back around in Stanley Park, Vancouver

Get there: A 10-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take bus 19.

Recommended: All year round

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Pacific Spirit Regional Park in Vancouver (Bill Stillwell/Flickr)

Pacific Spirit Regional Park in Vancouver (Bill Stillwell/Flickr)

What: Pacific Spirit Regional Park offers a huge network of easy trails in an oasis of green forest, trickling creeks and muddy bogs in Vancouver’s South Endowment Lands. Watch out for dog walkers on the trails as you flex your legs in the forest.

How long: 3 hours or 10 km

Where: Starts and ends at the park entrance on 16th Avenue next to Camosun Park, Vancouver

Get there: A 10-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to King Edward, then bus 33.

Recommended: All year round

Iona Beach Regional Park

Funset with friends

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What: This easy hike follows a long, narrow beach and grass area along the mouth of the Fraser River, offering views of the Georgia Strait and a dramatic descent into hundreds of logs washed up along the shoreline.

How long: 1.5 hours or 6 km

Where: Starts and ends at the parking lot off Iona Island Causeway, Vancouver

Get there: A 35-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Fisherman’s Trail

When southwest BC was settled, valley bottom forests were the first to go. Timber was abundant and thought to be an infinite resource. This meant that most of the great stands of Sitka spruce were logged. They were also the tree of choice for ships masts. Those forests that remain are all the more a precious resource. 🌲🌲🌲#oldgrowthtrail #seymourvalley #seymourriver #sitkaspruce #treesofinstagram #trees#northshoremountains #hiking #biking #explorebc #canada #forest

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What: This easy but long walk follows Seymour River through verdant forest, culminating in views of the river and mountains–and plenty of picnic tables for you to stop for lunch.

How long: 5 hours or 12 km

Where: Starts and ends in the parking lot at the end of Lilloet Road in North Vancouver

Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay then bus 228.

Recommended: All year round

Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver (JamesChen/Shutterstock)

Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver (JamesChen/Shutterstock)

What: Lots of short, easy trails offering breathtaking ocean views, huge, old-growth Western Red Cedars and the picturesque picnic spot of Starboat Cove.

How long: Up to 2 hours or 6 km

Where: Starts and ends at Lighthouse Park parking lot – Beacon Lane, West Vancouver.

Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown, or take bus 250 all the way there instead.

Recommended: All year round

Quarry Rock

The view from Quarry Rock (Guilhem Vellut/Flickr)

The view from Quarry Rock (Guilhem Vellut/Flickr)

What: A classic easy North Shore hike, up wooden stairs, over tree roots and small creeks, among Douglas Fir and Hemlock trees, to a rocky outcrop and beautiful views of Deep Cove.

How long: 1.5 hours or 3.8 km

Where: Starts and ends at the Baden Powell Trailhead – Panorama Drive, Deep Cove.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus buses 239 then 212 instead.

Recommended: All year round

Capilano Pacific Park

See the Cleveland Dam in action at the end of this hike (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

See the Cleveland Dam in action at the end of this hike (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

What: This easy trail follows the Capilano River, taking you from pavement, rocky shores and beaches past steep cliffs and through thick rainforest to the imposing Cleveland Dam.

How long: 2 hours or 7.5 km

Where: Starts at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver, finishes at the Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver.

Get there: A 15-minute drive from downtown, or take bus 250 or 251 to a stop nearby instead.

Recommended: All year round

Lynn Loop

A view from the Lynn Loop in North Vancouver (Jennifer Chan/Flickr)

A view from the Lynn Loop in North Vancouver (Jennifer Chan/Flickr)

What: Enjoy an easy forest hike among Cedar and Hemlock trees, with views of Vancouver Island and some of the Gulf Islands, then stroll back along the gushing waters of Lynn Creek.

How long: 1.5 hours or 5.1 km

Where: Starts and ends in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park – Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver.

Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus then 228 bus instead.

Recommended: All year round

Cypress Falls

Exploring new locations is always refreshing ☀️ . . . . . @WanderVancouver x #explorebc#vancityhype#dailyhivevan#outdoorvancouver#discovervancouver#explorevancouver#veryvancouver#vancouvercanada#vancityfeature#vancitynow#tentree#vancityvibe#vancouverisawesome#theglobewanderer#ourplanetdaily#exploretocreate#artofvisuals#theimaged#ig_color#earthpix#natgeotravel#roamtheplanet#nakedplanet#wildernessculture#stayandwander#modernourdoors#keepitwild#imagesofcanada#canadasworld#explorecanada

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What: This easy hike takes you along Cypress Creek, through forests of moss-covered, old-growth trees, past views of two gorgeous waterfalls as they pour into the canyon below.

How long: 1.5 hours or 3 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at Cypress Falls Park – Woodgreen Place, West Vancouver.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take bus 253 Caufield all the way there instead.

Recommended: All year round

Maplewood Flats

Purple Martins at the Maplewood Flats (John Lowman/Wild Bird trust of BC)

Purple Martins at the Maplewood Flats (John Lowman/Wild Bird trust of BC)

What: The easy trail through Maplewood Flats Conservation Area offers picnic tables, scenic views, and rocky terrain. Managed by the Wild Bird Trust of BC, it is also a popular bird watching park – look out for the more than 200 species of birds spotted in the area annually.

How long: 45 minutes or 2.5 km

Where: Starts and ends in the Maplewood Flats parking lot off the Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver.

Get there: A 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver or take buses 209 then 212.

Recommended: All year round

Whyte Lake

Whyte Lake in West Vancouver (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

Whyte Lake in West Vancouver (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

What: Whyte Lake Park is a small, peaceful lake in the hills above Horseshoe Bay, in the largest park in West Vancouver. The easy trail to the lake is surrounded by wetlands, creeks and old-growth forest and ends at a small lakeside dock. Watch out for snow on the boardwalks.

How long: 2 hours or 5 km

Where: Starts and ends at the metal gate in the gravel parking area just off Westport Road, off Woodgreen Drive, in West Vancouver.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Twin Falls

Twin Falls in Lynn Valley (Lee Down/Flickr)

Twin Falls in Lynn Valley (Lee Down/Flickr)

What: Twin Falls are on the Baden Powell Trail, near Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge. They’re easy to get to and there’s a wooden bridge viewing platform, which gets pretty busy in warm weather.

How long: 20 minutes or 1 km

Where: East of the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, or take the Seabus plus bus 228 instead.

Recommended: All year round

Whytecliff Park

Image: Whytecliff Park / Shutterstock

What: This park in West Vancouver boasts spectacular views of Howe Sound, a myriad of easy trails weaving through the forest, plus a beach, island area and chance to go scuba diving.

How long: 1.5 hours or 2 km

Where: Starts and ends at the top of the overflow parking lot off Marine Drive near Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Capilano Canyon

Trees in Capilano Canyon (Ruth Hartnup/Flickr)

Trees in Capilano Canyon (Ruth Hartnup/Flickr)

What: This easy trail offers beautiful views of Grouse Mountain and the Lions in the distance, as you walk through hemlock and fir trees, and clamber over tree roots surrounded by rainforest. You can also stop at an interpretive salmon hatchery on the way.

How long: 1 hour or 2.6 km

Where: Starts and ends at Cleveland Dam off Capilano Road, North Vancouver

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus across to North Vancouver then bus 236.

Recommended: All year round

Rice Lake

Rice Lake (fishbulb9/Flickr)

Rice Lake (fishbulb9/Flickr)

What: This is a calm, quiet lake, full of life and natural beauty, on the edge of the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver. There are several viewpoints and easy trails around the lake with benches to relax and take in the natural beauty of the area.

How long: 1 hour or 3 km

Where: Starts and ends at the  parking lot north of Capilano College, on Lillooet Road in North Vancouver

Get there: About 40 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the Seabus across to North Vancouver then bus 228

Recommended: All year round

Killarney Lake

The biggest gift from BC so far? Time to just exist 💙 #beautiful #beautifulbc #canada #britishcolumbia #lake #lakekillarney #bowenisland #vancouver #vancouverliving #adventure #breathe #instabeauty #instawow #justbreathe #blueskies #exploringcanada #hike #hikingadventures #mountainlife

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What: This is a scenic, easy hiking trail around Killarney Lake on Bowen Island. Along the way, you’ll meander through lush forest of hemlock, and past a marsh of eerie looking stumps of cedars, as well as enjoy lakeside views of the wintry waters.

How long: 2 hours or 9 km

Where: Starts and ends at the ferry terminal at Snug Cove, Bowen Island

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay, then a 20-minute ferry to Snug Cove on Bowen Island.

Recommended: All year round

Dorman Point

Happy Place, open to receive whatever it is I need. Really enjoying the nice weather in Vancouver.

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What: A pretty, steep, but quick and easy hike on Bowen Island, offering beautiful views looking out over Howe Sound. This can easily be combined with the hike around Killarney Lake.

How long: 1 hour or 2.5 km

Where: Starts and ends at the ferry terminal at Snug Cove, Bowen Island

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay, then a 20-minute ferry to Snug Cove on Bowen Island.

Recommended: All year round

Shoreline Trail–Port Moody

Nice day for a walk to the beach. #portmoody #oldorchardpark

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What: This easy hike takes you around the easternmost part of Burrard Inlet, along gravel trails and wooden boardwalks, through grassy parks and forest groves to Old Orchard Park where you’ll find picnic tables, a playground, and a small beach area.

How long: 2 hours or 6 km

Where: Starts and ends at Rocky Point Park, off Murray Street, Port Moody

Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Port Moody then bus 181.

Recommended: All year round

Bert Flinn Park–Port Moody

Afternoon adventures with @_kr15t1na_ and Finnegan! #explorebc #wesawbears 😳

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What: This easy hike through gorgeous forest passes meanders past streams and over boardwalks in the north of the park.

How long: 1 hour or 2.6 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at the wide gravel trail to the west of the roundabout at David Avenue and Heritage Mountain, in Port Moody.

Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Moody Centre, then bus 183.

Recommended: All year round.

Sasamat Lake–Belcarra

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What: Sasamat Lake is warm to swim in, lined with a scenic forest and easy trails, and is home to White Pine Beach, a beautiful white sand beach. Bliss. The beach is a very popular weekend destination for Vancouverites, and the trail around the lake is a great escape.

How long: 3 hours or 8 km

Where: Lake and trails accessed from parking lot near White Pine Beach, off White Pine Beach Road, in Belcarra Park, Port Moody

Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Coquitlam Station, then various buses during the summer months.

Recommended: All year round

Admiralty Point–Belcarra

Why I love this city ❤️❤️❤️ #trails #nature #outdoors #thegreatoutdoors #adventures #weekendadventures #longweekend #staycation #summer #fitness #active #vancityliving #ilovethiscity #welivetoexplore #ourplanetdaily #earthpix #agameoftones #way2ill #instagood #instadaily #beautifuldestinations #wanderlust #vancouvertrails #explorebc #explorecanada #admiraltypoint #belcarraregionalpark #portmoody #britishcolumbia #canada

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What: This short, easy hike in Belcarra Regional Park offers gorgeous views of Mount Seymour, Deep Cove, and Burnaby Mountain over the waters that link Indian Arm and Burrard Inlet. The trail meanders through the forest and along the shoreline to a rocky outcrop and beach.

How long: 1.5 hours or 5 km

Where: Trail begins and ends in the parking lot of Belcarra Regional Park, off Bedwell Bay Road in Belcarra.

Get there: One hour’s drive from Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Port Moody, then bus 182.

Recommended: All year round

Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Such a lovely day to wonder around the lake! 🌳🌿🌲🏞🙂#canada #explorecanada #explorebc #britishcolumbia #sunnyday #burnaby #burnabylake #walkinthepark #lake

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What: Burnaby Lake is the largest lake in Metro Vancouver and boasts a 10-kilometre, easy hiking path that loops around the entire park. Look out for ducks, geese, and beavers, as you stroll over boardwalks and bridges, alongside the lake and over creeks.

How long: 2 hours or 10 km

Where: The trail starts along the edge of the sports fields beyond the Rugby Club, off Kensington Avenue in Burnaby.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Sperling-Burnaby Lake Station.

Recommended: All year round

Burnaby Mountain

Canadian sunset ♡

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What: With multiple trails of various difficulties, also popular with mountain bikers, there’s no shortage of hiking potential on Burnaby Mountain. Watch out for the aptly named steep Cardiac Hill, but enjoy the green forest and city views.

How long: Up to 3 hours or 7 km

Where: Starts and ends at the eastern edge of Pipeline Trail off North Road in Burnaby.

Get there: Either a 35-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Burquitlam Station.

Recommended: All year round

Deer Lake

Burnaby sunsets

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What: This flat, easy walk around Deer Lake passes by a beach, a viewing tower, and a pier. Look out for the former site of the infamous Oakalla Prison, and stop in at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Burnaby Art Museum along the way.

How long: An hour or 5 km

Where: Trail starts and ends on the east side of the lake along Sperling Avenue, Burnaby

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Metrotown and get bus 144.

Recommended: All year round

Minnekhada Regional Park

Favourite colours 💚💙 Какая погода стоит в Ванкувере. Даже прогноз с дождями сдвинули на денек! Писать много не хочется, давайте знакомиться, с кем не знакомы ещё лично? Откуда, как зовут и что-то кратко о себе💙. Ведь нас тут таких разных со всего мира собралось, а я не успеваю ко всем заходить и знакомится. Начну первая: Я Настя, мне 28, живу в Ванкувере, переехали сюда с мужем 4 года назад. Люблю походы в горы, путешествия, йогу, водить машину, фотографировать, редактировать видео, много смеяться и добрых людей, а ещё кошек, можно не очень добрых.😂

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What: This easy walk around a nature sanctuary offers the chance to see wood ducks and beavers in protected marshland in Coquitlam, as well as views of the Lower Marsh and Pitt River flowing through farmland below, and on a clear day, Mount Baker.

How long: 2.5 hours or 10 km

Where: Trail begins and ends at the parking lot Minnekhada Regional Park, off Quarry Road in Coquitlam.

Get there: A 1-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Crystal Falls

Wet walk to crystal falls 💦 🌲🗣

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What: Scenic Crystal Falls in Coquitlam are easily accessible on a short trail, running along the Upper Coquitlam River. Wander through a moss-covered forest, hop over tiny streams playing along the path, and pack a picnic for when you reach the falls.

How long: 2 hours or 7 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at an unmarked trailhead on Karley Crescent, where it meets Shaughnessy Street, in Coquitlam.

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Lafarge-Lake Douglas, then bus 188.

Recommended: All year round

Sawblade Falls

Thick trunk, soft glow 💡 • 📸: @billyyythekidd

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What: You can reach Sawblade Falls, in the mountains above Coquitlam, on the easy Woodland Walk Trail. Through forest and over creeks, the trail takes you first to Woodland Falls and then after several switchbacks to the much more spectacular Sawblade Falls.

How long: 3 hours or 8 km

Where: Trail starts and ends to the left of the metal gate at the end of Harper Road, just before the PoCo & District Hunting & Fishing Club, in Coquitlam.

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Kanaka Creek Cliff Falls

#canada #bc #beautifulbc #ig_canada #beautifulbritishcolumbia #604 #vancouver #ignaturefinest #metrovancouver #mapleridge #nature #naturelovers #instanaturelover #explorebc #explorecanada #landscape_lovers #gf_canada #kanakacreekclifffalls #kanakacreek #kanaka #falls #river #water

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What: The Cliff Falls area of Kanaka Creek in Maple Ridge is a great spot for an easy hike through the forest, past calm creeks and rushing rapids. Enjoy a picnic with a view of the waterfall then finish up with a visit to the local salmon hatchery.

How long: 2 hours or 4 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at Cliff Park – 251 Street, Maple Ridge.

Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Braid Station, then buses 791 and C48.

Recommended: All year round

Kanaka Creek Riverfront

snuck in a run before work today #vscocam #seenonmyrun #zombiesrun

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What: The lower section of Kanaka Creek is also an easy hike, taking in the shoreline, bird watching, and views of the Fraser River.

How long: 1 hour or 2.5 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at a parking lot off River Road, Maple Ridge

Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown Vancouver

Recommended: All year round

Mike Lake

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What: This short, scenic trail in Golden Ears Provincial Park is a meander over tree roots, through calm forest and past lake views. Don’t forget to head out onto the dock for a full view of Mike Lake before you leave.

How long: 45 minutes or 2 km

Where: About 4.5 km from the gates of Golden Ears Provincial Park on Fern Avenue in Maple Ridge

Get there: One hour and 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Gold Creek Falls

#goldcreekfalls #goldenears #beautifulbc #explorebc #explorecanada #veryvancouver #vancityhype #vancouverisawesome #vancitywild #mountain #narcityvancouver #adventureisoutthere #PNWhikers #beautifulbritishcolumbia #vancitynow #vancityinstaa #enjoyvancouver #discovervancouver #getoutside #ilovebc #pnwcollective #thatpnwlife #imagesofcanada #vancityinstaa #destination_wow

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What: The easy walk to Gold Creek Falls in Golden Ears Provincial Park is short but sweet. Starting near Alouette Lake in Maple Ridge, the trail meanders over moss, past mountain vistas and through rainforest to reach fantastic views of the falls from above and below.

How long: 2 hours or 5.5 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at the last parking lot on Golden Ears Parkway near Alouette Lake in Maple Ridge.

Get there: One hour and 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Green Timbers Lake

#gorgeous#sunset#at#greentimber#lake#explore #explorebc #beautifulbc

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What: This lake in the heart of the Green Timbers Urban Forest is great for spotting bald eagles, ducks, salamanders, woodpeckers and native Douglas squirrels. You can also enjoy more than 10 km of easy trails in the surrounding area.

How long: Varies according to trails taken.

Where: Green Timbers Urban Forest – 14600 Block of 100 Avenue, Surrey

Get there: About 45 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to King George Station.

Recommended: All year round

Aldergrove Regional Park

Sun…It called to me. I was working inside, gave up, got in the car. Had to think of a new trail!! #aldergrove #woods #aldergroveregionalpark #border #bc #canada #parks #trees #nature #shotbygooglepixel

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What: This park on the boundary between Aldergrove and Langley is popular with horseback riders. The easy trails within takes you through forest, along waterways, atop wooden bridges and over creeks. The view from the area’s rolling hills is worth checking out.

How long: 2 hours or 5 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at the east end of the parking lot off 8th Avenue in Aldergrove.

Get there: A one hour 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Campbell Valley Regional Park

#beautiful place to get lost #nofilter #bc

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What: This park has a sprawling network of easy trails covering 29km, through forest and open fields, and over wooden boardwalks and marshes. Look out for the Equestrian Centre and the historic Langley Speedway, where you can still see the damage from past crashes.

How long: 1.5 hours or 4 km for a short hike – or pick a longer one!

Where: Trail starts and ends at the south end of the parking lot off 16th Avenue in Surrey.

Get there: An hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Tynehead Regional Park

Needed another walk to clear my mind . Didn’t help but at least I’m outside enjoying the sunshine . Really like this park , always look to look at and work on my photography and screw around with apps #iphone #photography #explorebc #bc #provincialpark #nature #walk #mentalhealth #fitness #vancouver #lowermainland #sunshine

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What: This popular park has plenty of easy trails, offering dog off-leash areas, a hatchery, a picnic area, views of the park and the Serpentine River – all while enjoying a stroll through the forest and crossing several streams.

How long: 1.5 hours or 4.5 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at the parking lot for the Tynehead Hatchery off 96th Avenue in Surrey.

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Surrey Central Station, then bus 337.

Recommended: All year round

Rolley Lake–Maple Ridge

Rolley Lake (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

Rolley Lake (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

What: Rolley Lake is an easy hike through a flat, wilderness area blanketed with tall, second-growth Cedar and Hemlock trees. The trail meanders around the small, warm-water lake, through forests, over boardwalks, and past Rolley Falls.

How long: 2 hours or 5 km

Where: Trail starts and ends in the lowermost parking lot of Rolley Lake Provincial Park off Bell Street in Maple Ridge

Get there: A one hour 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Hayward Lake–Mission

I still really enjoy this place 💕 – — #hikebc #explorebc #explorecanada #outdoors #nature #nakedplanet #getoutside #hike #hiking #adventure

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What: There are two easy trails around Hayward Lake–Railway Trail or Reservoir Trail. At the moment, there is work being done on the Ruskin Dam area which links them, so it’s not possible to do a loop, but there’s lush forest, a beautiful lake, and even a waterfall to enjoy.

How long: The Railway Trail is 3.5 hours or 12 km, the Reservoir Trail is 5.5 hours or 17 km.

Where: Both trails start and end at Hayward Lake Recreation Area parking lot, off Dewdney Trunk Road in Mission.

Get there: A one hour 20 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Teapot Hill–Chilliwack

Sunny Sundays ✌🏼☀️

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What: This easy, short, uphill hike offers a stroll along a stream and through a verdant forest up to some lovely views of the lake.

How long: 2 hours or 5 km

Where: Trail starts in a parking lot just past Delta Grove Campground on the Columbia Valley Highway (also called the Cultus Lake Road) in Chilliwack

Get there: A 1 hour 40 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round.

Cheam Lake Wetlands–Chilliwack

Great weekend spent birding, sampling and learning about #wetland #conservation with a bunch of like-minded people! ✌🏻🌱#cheamlakewetlands #cheamlake #fraservalley #bcwf

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What: This easy hike meanders around this popular park, where you can enjoy picnics and lake views, with a backdrop of Mount Cheam.

How long: 2 hours or 5 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at Cheam Lake Wetlands parking lot, off Elgey Road in Chilliwack.

Get there: A 1 hour 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round.

Downes Bowl Trail–Abbotsford

Chillin @ #downesbowl

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What: This easy walk around quiet Downes Bowl takes in scenic forest and peaceful marshes, as you meander over wooden bridges and boardwalks.

How long: 1 hours or 3 km

Where: Starts and ends at the parking lot next to the sports fields off Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford.

Get there: A one hour drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Lions Bay Loop–Lions Bay

View of Howe Sound above Brunswick Beach Road #howesound #lionsbaylooptrail #lionsbay #lionsbaybc #beautifulbritishcolumbia #britishcolumbia #hikingtrail #villageoflionsbay #vancouvertrails #outdoorvancouver

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What: This easy hike follows several trails, taking you over splashing creeks, through beautiful forest, past Crystal Falls, and offers multiple views of Howe Sound.

How long: 2 hours or 4.5 km

Where: The trail starts and ends across the street from the Lions Bay General Store and Cafe on Centre Road in Lions Bay.

Get there: A 40 minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take bus 250 or 257 to Horsehoe Bay, then bus C12 to Crosscreek Road.

Recommended: All year round

Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls (Jennifer C/Flickr)

Brandywine Falls (Jennifer C/Flickr)

What: Brandywine Falls are another great spot to stretch your legs on the drive to Whistler. With only a short, easy walk, you’ll get a glorious view of the cascades falling into a cavern full of rockslides below. Further along, you can also see Daisy Lake.

How long: 30 minutes or 1 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at the Brandywine Falls parking lot off the Sea To Sky Highway, about 11 km south of Whistler.

Get there: One hour and 40 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Harder

Baden Powell Lynn Canyon To Grouse

I decided to try some trails at the bottom of Mt Seymour that mountain bikers use. Got a bit turned around, glad I had my compass! Great fun though! #badenpowell #lynncanyon #mtseymour #northvancouver #outdoors #nature #explorebc #vancouverisawesome

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What: This intermediate route hugs the North Shore’s steep mountain slopes, taking you through scenic forests and over several creeks – with quite a lot of stairs and uphill sections. Recommended all year round.

How long: 5 hours or 10 km

Where: Starts at a steep set of stairs between the main and overflow parking area in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and ends at the base of Grouse Mountain.

Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, or take the Seabus plus bus 228 instead. Get home from Grouse on bus 236 plus the Seabus.

Recommended: All year round

Baden Powell Deep Cove To Lynn Canyon

Its alive #forrest #northamerica #journey #alone #travel #nature #green #plantkingdom #home #trees #samorost #Northvancouver #vancouver #kalpatarutree #ambient #ambientforrest #Gaya #лес #саморост #Ванкувер #северныйванкувер #Канада #живойлес #гая #пилигрим #путешествие #эльфы #феи

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What: This intermediate hike begins with a walk up to Quarry Rock, offering sweeping views of Deep Cove and Indian Arm, then continues onto lush forest, scenic canyons and waterfall views.

How long: 5 hours or 12 km

Where: Starts at the Baden Powell Trailhead on Panorama Drive in Deep Cove and ends at Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus buses 229 then 212 instead. From Lynn Canyon, take bus 229 then the Seabus.

Recommended: All year round

Norvan Falls

Adventure Awaits 🍃 Check out my other photos @thihaphoto #thihaphoto . #nationalgeographic #canada #lynnvalley #photooftheday #vancouver #calgary #edmonton #jasper #canadian #ottawa #ontario #toronto #canon_photos #canoncanada #forest #hiking #northvancouver #landscapephotography #natgeo #waterfall #beautiful #amazing #travelgram #canon #nature #beautiful #alberta #landscapephotomag #peaceful

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What: This intermediate hike will have you clambering over streams, tree roots and rubble as you make your way through groves of old-growth Cedar – but it’s all worth it when you get to the falls.

How long: 5 hours or 14 km

Where: Starts and ends at the parking lot of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus bus 228 instead.

Recommended: All year round

Big Cedar And Kennedy Falls Trail

Kennedy Falls in North Vancouver (Colin Knowles/Flickr)

Kennedy Falls in North Vancouver (Colin Knowles/Flickr)

What: A rugged, intermediate hike into the backcountry, across roots, creeks and fallen trees, past an old-growth cedar, with several trees growing on it, and ending at a spectacular waterfall.

How long: 5 hours or 10 km

Where: Starts and ends at the top of Mountain Highway.

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take bus 210 instead.

Recommended: All year round

Mount Gardner

One of the helicopter pads on top of Mount Gardner. Good place to relax after hiking up the mountain!

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What: This intermediate hike on Bowen Island takes you through a meadow to Killarney Lake and up a steep forested trail to spectacular viewpoints overlooking the Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast, West Vancouver, and Burrard Inlet.

How long: 7 hours or 17 km

Where: Starts and ends at the ferry terminal at Snug Cove, Bowen Island

Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay, then a 20-minute ferry to Snug Cove on Bowen Island.

Recommended: All year round

Jug Island Beach–Belcarra

Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing #beautifulbc #explorebc #summer #hiking #findyourtruenorth #belcarra

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What: This intermediate hike takes you through a moss-covered forest to a beach facing Jug Island, a tiny, gorgeous and inaccessible island just off the northern tip of Belcarra Regional Park. You’ll also be able to enjoy good views of Indian Arm and eagle and seal sightings.

How long: 2.5 hours or 5.5 km

Where: Starts and ends at the parking lot of Belcarra Regional Park – off Bedwell Bay Road, near Belcarra

Get there: A 1-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Port Moody, then bus 182.

Recommended: All year round

Swan Falls–Anmore

#buntzenlake #swanfalls

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What: Swan Falls, near Buntzen Lake in Anmore, are reached by a steep, intermediate hike around the lake. Not only will you get a gorgeous view of the waterfall from below, you’ll also be able to reach the bluffs near the top of the falls too.

How long: 3.5 hours or 10 km

Where: Trail starts and ends at the dog off-leash area in the Buntzen Lake Recreation Area parking lot, off Sunnyside Road in Anmore, north of Port Moody.

Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Port Moody, then bus 182.

Recommended: All year round

Velodrome Trail

Nice cool day for the Velodrome Trail yesterday 👍 #burnaby #burnabymountain #yvr #explorebc #explorecanada #hellobc

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What: This steep, intermediate trail is sometimes referred to as Burnaby’s [Grouse] Grind and requires hikers to walk up more than 500 wooden stairs. As a result, it gets an “intermediate” rating.

How long: An hour or 3 km

Where: Starts at the northeast corner of the Velodrome near the Barnet Road and finishes at the Japanese totem poles near Horizon Restaurant in Burnaby

Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take bus 160 direct to the Velodrome.

Recommended: All year round

Coquitlam Crunch

Two rounds done #crunchtime #coquitlamcrunch #stairs #beautifulbc #luckyme #getoutside #sunnyday #cardio #legworkout #Coquitlam #hike #uphill #workout #vancouver #vancity #pnw #whataview #trail #fitness #sweatfest #goals #legburn

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What: This intermediate, steep, urban hike offers no views that aren’t obstructed by power lines and towers. But it’s a great workout and shorter and less intense than the Grouse Grind.

How long: 1.5 hours or 4.5 km

Where: Trail begins and ends at a parking lot down a gravel road off Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam

Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Lougheed Station, then bus 097.

Recommended: All year round

Widgeon Falls

One more adventure before knee surgery today! #widgeonfalls

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What: A trip to Widgeon Falls, north of Pitt Meadows, allows you to combine a canoe ride, a scenic, easy hike and some wading all in one day. Keep an eye out for herons, deer, and bears as you make your way from shoreline to waterfall through thick forest.

How long: 5 hours or 6 km

Where: Paddle starts and ends at Pitt Lake, at the end of Neaves Road, north of Pitt Meadows. If you need a canoe, try Pitt Lake Canoe Adventure Rentals on 778-984-5334 or 604-460-8837.

Get there: One hour and 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Mount Thom–Chilliwack

🌳🌿🍃🌲

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What: This intermediate, steep hike up Mount Thom in Chilliwack offers a scenic view of Cultus Lake and the Fraser Valley. Expect a climb steadily upwards, on both switchbacks and long stretches of trail wrapping around the mountain.

How long: 2.5 hours or 10 km

Where: Starts and ends at Sylvan Drive – Promontory neighbourhood, Chilliwack

Get there: A 1 hour 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

Abby Grind–Abbotsford

#hiked the #abbygrind after work today! 32 mins to the top. Going to keep pushing that time back! The #viewpoint overlooking the whole #valley makes it all worth it! #beautiful day to be #outside 😊 Beats the gym any day! #workout #hike #beautifulbc #abbotsford #bc #fraservalley #landscape #view #scenic #trees #sumasmountain #blueskies #home #adventure #mybackyard #nature #farm #photography #today #bartleslife

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What: This intermediate, steep hike gains about 320 metres in 2 km as you head up towards a scenic view across Abbotsford. Note, you may hear gunshots at the beginning coming from the nearby shooting range.

How long: 1.5 hours or 4 km

Where: Starts and ends at a parking lot off McDermott Road, near the Abbotsford Fish & Game Club.

Get there: A 1 hour 15 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Recommended: All year round

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from North Shore Rescue and AdventureSmart.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2016 but has been updated to include current information.


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Jenni Sheppard
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