Best Places to Run in Vancouver

Dec 19 2017, 6:52 pm

Spring is in full effect and summer is just around the corner. This year, they are anticipating a drier than normal summer – and that means more opportunity for Vancouverites to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. 

Best Places to Run in Vancouver

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  • The Stanley Park Seawall

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  • Lions Gate Bridge

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  • English Bay to False Creek

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  • Jericho Beach to Spanish Banks

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  • Pacific Spirit Park, UBC

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  • Trout Lake

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  • Burrard Bridge

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  • Langara Loop

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  • Burnaby Central Park Trails

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  • Ambleside Seawall

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The Stanley Park Seawall

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Stanley Park Seawall image via Shutterstock

There is no doubt that the seawall along Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver is the most scenic and active running route in the city, and one of the most beautiful in the world. You have spectacular views of downtown Vancouver, the water, mountains and plenty of people.

The run is flat for the most part, making it the perfect spot for runners of all skill levels.

Start at the Convention Centre and culminate your run at English Bay.

Lions Gate Bridge

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Lions Gate Bridge image via Shutterstock

It may not be a lengthy continuous run, but you could start off at Stanley Park and then venture onto Lions Gate Bridge into North Vancouver and then loop back into Vancouver. The views from the bridge are absolutely stunning and make this a worthwhile run.

English Bay to False Creek 

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English Bay image via Shutterstock

Start at English Bay in the West End, breeze through Yaletown, past BC Place and Science World and end your run at the now bustling Olympic Village. This route has been nicknamed by runners as the The False Creek Loop.

Jericho Beach to Spanish Banks

Spanish Banks

Image: Kyle Pearce

Start off at Jericho Beach and make your way through a scenic run that ends at Spanish Banks. At the end of the run you’re rewarded with a stunning look at the Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Spirit Park, UBC

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Enjoy nearly 35km of mixed-use trails that run throughout Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver/UBC. If you prefer a more isolated run, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is the route for you.

Trout Lake

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A popular running route in East Vancouver, Trout Lake lives in the centre of 27 hectares of John Hendry Park.

Burrard Bridge

Vancouver Burrard Bridge

Image: Douglas Farmer

You can start in Kits and end up in Downtown or you can start downtown and end up at Kits Beach.   Either way you’ll be greeted with majestic views and beautiful people.

Langara Loop

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Image: Kevin Hampson

It’s a 2.7km loop around Langara Golf Course in South Vancouver.

Burnaby Central Park Trails

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Image: Tourism BC

With over 90 hectares of urban park, there are many trails you can choose to run throughout the park.

Ambleside Seawall

ambleside seawall

Image: Brock Smeaton

Just under 5km, the Ambleside Seawall in West Vancouver is one of the best spots to run on the North Shore.


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