Hiking in Vancouver

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  • Beautiful British Columbia is full to the brim with fantastic hikes for both locals and visitors to take advantage of. Some are well-known trails that bring crowds by the dozen, while others are definitely off the beaten path and require some pro-tips from experienced hikers. Being well prepared for acclimate weather is very important because it can be sunny at the base of a mountain, or in the city, but as you hike further up, you may be faced with cold temperatures and even snow. Also, know the wildlife in the area you will be hiking; it never hurts to carry a bell or bear spray with you.

    If your idea of a hike is far from civilization, it's best to contact a tour guide that knows the ropes and can take you under their wing and keep you safe and on the right path. Grouse Mountain is one of the most popular destinations that people flock to. There is of course the Grouse Grind that is a like a hike on steroids. It's more for those looking to get an intense workout in, rather than a hike to enjoy nature's scenery. They also offer guided and non-guided eco tour walks which would suit those that are craving a light jaunt through nature.

    Not mentioned, but definitely a great trail to check out is the Baden Powell on the North Shore. It winds across forty-eight kilometres of beautiful scenery and extends across from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, all the way over to Deep Cove in North Vancouver. There are a number of different vistas that can be accessed and a popular choice is Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. It's free and offers fantastic photo opportunities.

    Outside the city is Buntzen Lake Circuit and what's so awesome about this trail is that not only is it easy on the eyes, but it's very close to the park beside Buntzen Lake. So, after a nice hike, you can head down to the park and go for a swim, set up a picnic and have a little bbq to reward yourself for all your hard work. It also gives those that don't want to hike something to do for a few hours while you get hiking.

    Lighthouse Park isn't a grueling hike by any means, so if you have small children or elderly people in your group, it may be a gentle challenge for those not in their physical prime. Be sure to bring your camera to take advantage of the ocean views.

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    Grouse Mountain

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    6400 Nancy Greene Way
    North Vancouver

    A short escape from the city for a taste of nature all year long... read more

    Mount Gardner (Bowen Island)

    The island's highest peak... read more

    Burns Point - Belcarra Regional Park

    Beaches and headlands... read more

    Buntzen Lake Circuit

    Around the reservoir... read more

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    Capilano Suspension Bridge

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    3735 CAPILANO RD

    Vancouver's oldest bridge that screams adventure...
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    Lighthouse Park

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    South of Highway 1/99, on the mouth of Burrard Inlet
    Caulfield Drive

    Picnic destination... read more

    BLT Trail

    Loop with views... read more

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    Hayward Lake Railway Trail

    Along a former rail line... read more

    Binkert (Lions) Trail

    Dramatic views of the Lions... read more

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    West Coast Walk and Hike

    4464 James Street

    Escorted Hikes in Coastal Mountains... read more
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