There is nothing comparable to the natural beauty of Vancouver. The parks and green spaces within the city are only a teaser to its captivating wild regions that surround it. We compiled a beginner’s guide to Vancouver hiking in this article. Here are the top 10 easy hikes in Vancouver you must visit:
One of the most beautiful hikes in Vancouver, also known as the Atkinson Lighthouse Park, was designated a national historic site in 1994. There are several (3.2 – 3.9 km) short trails in the park that will take you through the oldest Douglas Fir trees in the area. Whichever route you choose, you will face one of the following spectacular views: Lions Gate Bridge, University of British Columbia Campus, English Bay, or Vancouver Island.
The scenic 4.2 km hiking trail follows the path through terrain and forested areas, accompanied by Douglas Fir and Hemlock trees. As you walk past a bridge and a set of wooden stairs you get closer to what is called the giant, Quarry Rock. The walk is absolutely worth the view of Indian Arms and mountains around Belcarra—You can easily spend hours on the rock and admire the view.
Located within the Belcarra Regional Park, the Sasamat Lake loop is a 2.5 km walk with minimal elevation. You can see hikers as well as horseback riders, cyclists, and those who come for a swim around the area. The loop is sheltered with trees, and you can catch a nice view of the sunshine reflecting on the lake as you continue on with one of the easy hikes in Vancouver.
The hike begins elevating towards Cleveland Dam and passes through the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, taking in the view of Grouse Mountain. It is a short 2.6 km that has the best of the West Coast forests. You will get fantastic views of the river and canyon throughout your walk.
A quick 2.7 km trail that supports walkers with several boardwalks and lots of stairs. There is some elevation to this trail; however, it ends on flat land. You can continuously hear water running down from the falls as you hike up, and you also have the option to make your way down to a river and refresh yourself alongside the water.
There is not one or two, but 9 trails within the municipal park— 4 of those trails are also beginner-friendly! You can choose one of these easy hikes in Vancouver:
The Lost Lake is an accessible trail that is easy to reach from the popular tourist spot, Whistler Village. Lost Lake ski trails are popular amongst cross country skiers in the winter, and it is an ideal spot for a brisk walk and picnic over the summer. It is easy to follow the trail as the 2.7 km path runs by the creek. You can make your way down to the beach area after your walk and enjoy the sun.
While some may not consider the Whytecliff Park to be a hiking spot, the short climb up the cliffs makes it worthwhile visiting the spot. It is an oceanside park, which means you might get a chance to see orcas! It is said that they visit Whytecliff on rare occasions. The lookout above the rocks will also give you a nice view of Bowen Island and Horseshoe Bay.
Roughly a 16 km round trip hike located within the Garibaldi Provincial Park, Cheakamus Lake offers lake and mountain views to its visitors. There is minimal elevation gain, and the road is well marked to assist hikers. Our tips: Bring lots of snacks and water, and carry bear spray for pre-caution.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park is located near UBC’s Point Grey campus and the clothing-optional Wreck Beach. While there are entrances to the park located in close proximity to roads and neighborhoods, the trees block the noise of the city easily, making visitors feel like they are on a mountain. This is one of the most accessible trails in Vancouver, offering several easy routes totaling over 54 km of walking. Pacific Spirit Regional Park gives you the option to escape the city without going too far.
Burnaby Lake is the largest lake in the Lower Mainland. The lake hosted many popular rowing events such as the 1973 Canada Summer Games, although it does not anymore. The trail loop is approximately 10 km, and it is a pleasant stroll. You should also be ready to see geese, squirrels, ducklings, and more wildlife animals!
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