11 Beautiful Vancouver Hiking Trails to Explore

Since it’s summer + I made a seasonal to do list last week, I’ve decided to compile a list of beautiful Vancouver hiking trails to explore before winter hits. I perused the Vancouver Trails site, that also has a handy map, to help fill out this list. The West Coast truly is a beautiful place + the goal is to visit all 11 of these spots!

11 Beautiful Vancouver Hiking Trails to Explore

11 Beautiful Vancouver Hiking Trails to Explore

Vancouver Hiking Trails 01 :: Stanley Park

Vancouver :: Easy

Stanley Park is the obvious Vancouver hiking trails choice! I was there last weekend, walking Beaver Lake Trail, and the air was so thick + humid it actually felt like being in a butterfly sanctuary. Having grown up in dry Alberta, this is a wonderful feeling. I assume I’ll be at Stanley Park quite often this summer.

Vancouver Hiking Trails 02 :: Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Vancouver :: Easy

Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a Vancouver hiking trail located near the University of British Columbia campus. I haven’t been to this park yet, but apparently it’s got over 750 hectares of forest.

Vancouver Hiking Trails 03 :: Grouse Grind

Vancouver :: Difficult

The Grouse Grind in the most popular of Vancouver hiking trails. It’s s a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain with a 2,800 elevation gain. According to their site, the average hiker takes 1.5 hours to reach the top.

Vancouver Hiking Trails 04 :: Burnaby Lake

Burnaby :: Easy

The great thing about Burnaby Lake is that it’s accessible easily by the skytrain. It’s also the largest lake in the Lower Mainland and has a 10km hiking path that loops around the entire park area.

Vancouver Hiking Trails 05 :: Deer Lake

Burnaby :: Easy

Deer Lake is an easy, flat hike in Burnaby, near the Burnaby Lake hiking trail. It’s one of those Vancouver hiking trails you can bring your parents to for a light, brisk stroll.

Vancouver Hiking Trails 06 :: Capilano Pacific Trail

North Vancouver :: Easy

The Capilano Pacific Trail is 7.5km following the border between North + West Vancouver. Vancouver Trails notes that the trail takes you through beaches, rocky shores, steep canyon cliffs and rain forest.

Vancouver Hiking Trails 07 :: Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon

North Vancouver :: Intermediate

I’ve been to Lynn Canyon to collect spring water, but I’ve never ventured through the Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon. The hiking trail takes you through views of Deep Cove and Indian Arm as well as great canyon scenery of the Seymour River and Lynn Creek. The trail has different start and end points so you’d have to arrange for another ride, or get back through public transit.

Vancouver Hiking Trails 08 :: Dog Mountain

North Vancouver :: Easy

Dog Mountain is a short + easy Vancouver hiking trail, but offers spectacular views of the city. It’s only 5km return but located further into North Vancouver than other trails mentioned here.

Vancouver Hiking Trails 09 :: Eagle Bluffs

West Vancouver :: Intermediate

Eagle Bluffs is located above Eagle Harbour in West Vancouver and reportedly has delightful views. It’s an intermediate hike with a bit of a slope.

Vancouver Hiking Trails 10 :: Mount Gardner

Bowen Island :: Intermediate

Mount Gardner is out on Bowen Island and offers views of Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast, West Vancouver, and Burrard Inlet. It’s a great addition to a day trip out to the calm island.

Vancouver Hiking Trails 11 :: Lighthouse Park

West Vancouver :: Easy

According to Vancouver Trails, Lighthouse Park is one of the most beautiful Vancouver hiking trails in West Vancouver. It’s got some of the largest Douglas Fir trees as well as breathtaking views of the water.
That’s my list of 11 beautiful Vancouver hiking trails to explore this summer. Leave a comment and let me know your favorite!

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