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15 of the best spots in Metro Vancouver to go for an early-morning hike

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Audrey Lim Aug 01, 2018 12:09 pm 9,431

With the warm summer months truly upon us, and the days the longest they will be this year, there is no better time to get up bright and early and head out for a refreshing morning hike.

There are no more excuses for hiding inside the warmth of your home during the winter, as there is an abundance of beautiful spots around Metro Vancouver to explore and hike on a beautiful summer morning.

We’ve compiled a best-of list of spots that offering either serene lake views, stunning views of the sunrise, or peaceful forests, and all are less than an hour or two from Downtown Vancouver. You’ll be sure to find something that will get you up and active this summer.

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

Iona Beach Regional Park

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What: Located just north of Vancouver International Airport, Iona Beach Regional Park is a unique hike that is made up of a long, narrow jetty of sand and grass along the mouth of Fraser River. Along the river you will see seabirds as well as an unobstructed view of the Georgia Straight – come here early in the morning and appreciate the beautiful scenery as you walk along the jetty.

How long: 1.5 hours or 6 km

Where: Starts and ends at the end of Iona Island Causeway, Vancouver

Get there: 35-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Lighthouse Park

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What: One of Vancouver’s most beautiful parks, located along the shores of West Vancouver. Lighthouse Park has some of the largest Douglas Fir trees as well as amazing views of the water – and is filled with a variety of trails so you can plan your own route. Our tip – head to Starboat Cove a 15-minute walk from the lighthouse for a picturesque view of the Lions Gate Bridge to UBC to Vancouver Island on a clear day.

How long: Up to 2 hours or 6 km

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

Get there: 40-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Quarry Rock

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What: One of the most popular hikes in town and just a short drive from Downtown Vancouver, Quarry Rock offers a breathtaking view of Deep Cove on a clear sunny day. The best part is you will see many hikers with their furry friends, so feel free to bring your dog along on your morning hike with you.

How long: 1.5 hours or 3.8 km

Where: Starts and ends at the Baden Powell Trailhead in Deep Cove

Get there: 30-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Minnekhada Regional Park (High Knoll)

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What: A peaceful sanctuary located in Coquitlam, there are a variety of trails to explore in the park – but head up to the High Knoll for the amazing views the park is known for. Also hidden within the park is a marsh, rich with wildlife. Nature lovers will enjoy spotting the abundance of creatures in the area.

How long: 2.5 hours or 6.5 km

Where: Entrance to the park is at the parking lot off Quarry Road in Coquitlam

Get there: Approximately a 45-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Lynn Loop


What: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park has many trails that offer a variety of long day hikes and shorter hikes. Lynn Loop is one of the shorter hikes and takes you up through the forest before looping back along the rushing water of Lynn Creek. For a serene, early-morning hike that will take you through the peaceful forest, this is the perfect spot.

How long: 1.5 hours or 5.1 km

Where: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park located on Lynn Valley Road in North Vancouver

Get there: 40-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Lindeman Lake

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What: One of the further hikes from Downtown Vancouver, Lindeman Lake is worth the trek for those who want to skip the crowds on a busy weekend morning. This spot is less busy than some of its better-known counterparts, but is just as breathtaking with its turquoise blue waters.

How long: 2 hours or 3.4 km

Where: Starts at the end of Chilliwack Lake Road in Chilliwack

Get there: 2-hour drive from Downtown Vancouver

Maplewood Flats

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What: Managed by the Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia, the Maplewood Flats is a popular bird watching park and a great spot for a leisurely early morning walk. With over 200 species birds spotted in the area each year, it is sure to please nature lovers.

How long: 45 minutes or 2.5 km

Where: Located east of the 2nd Narrows Bridge in North Vancouver

Get there: 20-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Whytecliff Park

What: Located amongst the rugged shores of the Howe Sound, the park offers spectacular views of the scenic mountains as well as the passing boats on the water. Whytecliff Park has a variety of trails to choose from, and the Howe Sound is known for its beautiful scenery – take in the amazing view whilst getting up and active.

How long: 1.5 hours or 2 km

Where: Starts and ends at the parking lot off Marine Drive near Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver

Get there: 45-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Rice Lake

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What: If you are looking for a serene, quiet lake to head out to on an early-morning hike, Rice Lake is your best bet. Calm, quiet, and full of life, the lake is located on the edge of the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver and is the perfect spot for a leisurely morning out.

How long: 1 hour or 3 km

Where: Lillooet Road in North Vancouver

Get there: Approximately a 45-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Kanaka Creek (Cliff Falls)

What: The Cliff Falls area of Kanaka Creek offers an easy set of hiking trails, and is a great spot particularly for families to spend the morning outdoors in the summer. The trail through the canyon is a treasure trove of natural wonders, with wildlife to be found along the creek. Escape the city life and enjoy the serenity of the towering trees at Kanaka Creek.

How long: 2 hours or 4 km

Where:

Get there: 1-hour drive from Downtown Vancouver

Abby Grind

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What: An alternative to the very popular Grouse Grind, the Abby Grind is a steep hike that ends at a scenic viewpoint looking southwest across Abbotsford. This hike will be sure to please those who want to get a great workout in whilst avoiding the busy crowds.

How long: 1.5 hours or 4 km

Where: Starts at Lakemount Road in Abbotsford

Get there: 1-hour and 45-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Dog Mountain

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What: Dog Mountain is one of our top picks if you are seeking a spectacular view at the end of your morning hike. With one of the best views overlooking North Vancouver and with views of the Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, and Downtown Vancouver in the distance, the hike is not only easy with minimal elevation gain, but it is extremely rewarding to reach the peak.

How long: 2 hours or 5 km

Where: Located within Mount Seymour Provincial Park in North Vancouver

Get there: a 50-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Velodrome Trail

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What: Known as Burnaby’s version of the Grouse Grind, this one is for those who want to fit in a workout in the early morning. Hikers climb up more than 500 steps before following a trail to reach several viewpoints looking out at Indian Arm and Burrard Inlet.

How long: 1 hour or 3 km

Where: Starts on Barnet Highway on the north side of Burnaby Mountain

Get there: 30-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Boundary Bay Regional Park

What: This spot is a popular park for bird-watchers, and includes trails around the beach and Wildlife Reserve area. The park is a true hidden gem that has stunning views of Boundary Bay – and is a great spot to enjoy for an early-morning leisurely hike.

How long: 2 hours or 5 km

Where: Located south of Vancouver near the United States border in Tsawwassen

Get there: Approximately a 50-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver

Admiralty Point

What: With amazing views of Deep Cove, Mount Seymour, and Burnaby Mountain, this short trail is perfect for an early summer morning when you can appreciate the scenery and the passing boats.

How long: 1.5 hours or 5 km

Where: Located in Belcarra Regional Park in Port Moody

Get there: 1-hour drive from Downtown Vancouver

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Audrey Lim
Australian living in Vancouver.

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