When the weather permits, there’s not shortage of beautiful hiking spots in Vancouver, and the only thing that makes it better is adding a fun, social aspect into the mix.
Tonnes of hiking groups exist in the Metro Vancouver area, but which one is right for you? We’ve picked out the best ones to make the search a little easier.
Here are 10 of the best hiking groups in Vancouver.
Chasing Sunrise seeks adventures through rising before dawn, hiking mountains, and then finding the highest points to be able to watch the sun rise over Vancouver. They were the ones behind a viral Canada Day video where a large group of early hikers sang “O Canada” as the sun rose around them. The group meets up about once a month, but members aren’t usually notified until five days prior to the hike.
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Wanderung allows you to organize hikes with fellow outdoor enthusiasts and is completely free to join. With that said, you don’t have to organize a hike yourself, if that isn’t your strong suit – you can join a hike that has already been arranged by another member. And with more than 2,100 subscribers at your disposal, you’ll likely find a hiking group that fits your needs.
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These hikers get together every weekend year-round (rain or shine) to go on some breathtaking hikes on Vancouver’s North Shore. Members are lead by experienced hikers and even get discounts at outdoor gear stores. Membership is only open to those 19 and older and costs $30 per person.
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From casual walkers to trail runners and backpackers, this group aims to connect hikers of all levels with each other for fun on the city’s mountains. The meetup.com group has been around for 10 years and has more than 10,000 hikers to organize hikes with (there are nearly 70 upcoming meet ups in this group alone).
The Hiking Club is designed for beginners, so if you’re looking to dip your toes in, this might be the group for you. Created and run by alumni university students, The Hiking Club is completely volunteer-based and includes snowshoeing and skiing in the winter months.
The Hiking Club is currently on hiatus won’t be starting back up again until late summer.
Since 1907, the BC Mountaineering Club has been taking like-minded adventure-seekers out into the wilderness for not just hiking, but also climbing, mountain biking, mountaineering, and backcountry skiing. In addition to hiking, this club is active in conservation and mountain safety and education.
This club likes to travel, despite what the name might imply. Not only do they hike the North Vancouver trails, they’ve been to Whistler, Manning Park, and Washington State. In addition to hiking, this club enjoys any active, outdoor activity.
The Valley Outdoor Association largely focuses on hikes in the Fraser Valley for people of all skill levels. Members come from all over the Lower Mainland, but the majority are concentrated in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Surrey, and White Rock. The group meets weekly and decides on a new destination over coffee and ice cream post-hike.
While this club mostly does day trips throughout Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, they also periodically do multi-day trips to places like Mount Baker, Olympic National Park, and Manning park. The club specializes in year-round hiking, cycling, and skiing.
The Vancouver chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada offers hiking for people of any skill level. The club organizes day hiking trips, camps, and weekend outings, as well as a range of outdoor courses and workshops.