Top 10 Hikes in Vancouver
If you love to hike and you are visiting or living in Vancouver, BC, you should definitely try some of these exhilarating walks. Nature and wilderness enthusiasts will appreciate quite a few of these hikes, as many have lush greenery, flowers, and wildlife along the trails. You can go on a guided tour, in a group, or on your own. The tracks are usually marked so you can find your way back! Get your hiking boots on and your gear together and take a hike (literally) on one of these recommended trails.
Located on the North Shore at Grouse Mountain, the Grouse Grind is one of the most popular hiking trails in Vancouver. It takes you on a steep hike up Grouse Mountain, and can be quite a physical workout. It is only 25 minutes away from downtown Vancouver and is rated as an extreme hike, suitable for the more advanced hikers and requiring about two hours to complete. There is an annual competition run every year up the Grouse Grind, and people have finished the hike in as few as 26 minutes! Call 604-980-9311 for more information on how to get to the Grouse Grind.
Capilano River Park Trail
A very popular hike is the Capilano River Trail, which takes hikers through a residential neighborhood and into Ambleside Park. It is only 25 minutes from downtown if you drive and you will also get to see the Capilano Canyon. It takes approximately 4 hours to complete this hike. It is a good trail for beginning hikers, and you will see wildlife, pretty flowers, lush trees and more. Call 604-985-4747 and ask for more information on this trail.
Rabbit Lane Trail
Previously used by the Capilano Timber Company Railway, this trail is surrounded by the lush Capilano forest. Hikers will go right through the forest and explore what it has to offer. Although an easy hike, there may be quite a few rocks, so wear the appropriate footwear. Call 604-985-4747 and ask them for more information on this trail.
Cypress Provincial Park Trails
Visitors can find a variety of hiking trails from this park located on the North Shore of Vancouver. This area has been a favourite of Lower Mainland hikers for over 100 years. Hikers will see deer, bears, coyotes, squirrels and different species of birds. The best time to hike these trails is from April to October. There are a few trails off Highway 99 and also the Howe Sound Crest Trail to try out. Hiking trails start all the way from West Vancouver and cross this 900-hectare park. Check out www.cypresspark.bc.ca for more information.
Mount Seymour Provincial Park Trails
Located 15km North of Vancouver, this beautiful park offers numerous hiking trails across its 3,508 hectares. Hikers can enjoy a variety of trails like the Mount Seymour Trail, Elsay Lake Trail, and Mystery Lake Trail, as well as many others. Located within the North Shore Mountains, you can get to this park in around 40 minutes from downtown.
This trail is great for beginners and is an easy hike. This is a great escape for family and friends and you will experience amazing English Bay and Stanley Park views, as well as many more. There is space for picnicking and many smooth rocks to have a rest on. Visitors will also get the chance to see the 1912-era Point Atkinson Lighthouse. This hike takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
Lynn Canyon Park
Easy to intermediate, this park has numerous trails for hikers to endure. You can hike down the stream to Twin Falls or up the stream to 30 Foot Pool. You will cross a suspension bridge when you first get into the park, located at the bottom of the North Shore Mountains. There are many rocks, weeds and steep walkways, so be careful and wear the right footwear. Located at Lillooet Road, in North Vancouver District, this is a great place to hike.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park Trail
This park has easy trails, 763 hectares of land and is located within the grounds of the University of BC. Hiking these trails is a great escape from the stress of the city. It has over 55 km of trails to experience and hikers will be able to experience marshlands and forests. If you are a nature lover, you will enjoy the many different types of trees, and the wildlife lovers will love taking photos of the harbour seals, sea ducks, squirrels and more. The trails are for everybody, including cyclists and joggers, so be prepared to share the space.
Located outside of Vancouver in Squamish, this trail nicknamed “The Chief” is a favourite trail of tourists and Vancouverites alike. It is a huge amount of rock mass that looms over Highway 99 and is approximately 700 metres high. Experienced hikers can climb The Chief at three different levels—the South Summit or first peak, the second peak or the centre of the Summit, and the North Summit or third peak.
Just north of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, Mount Steele is a great hike for experienced hikers. This is a gorgeous alpine trail that has fabulous scenic views of the Straight of Georgia and the North Shore Mountains, as well as an opportunity to spot various species of wildlife.