The Sea to Sky Corridor, The North Shore, and The Fraser Valley are full with hiking opportunities for beginner and advanced hikers alike.
Due to trails being accessible by 2-Wheel Drive vehicles, people becoming more aware of the health benefits provided by nature and the low cost associated with this recreational activity, hiking has become quite popular. And that’s just great! The more people outside enjoying Mother Nature the better.
Below we’ve created a list with some of our favourite hikes that are easily accessible near Vancouver. Some of them are more popular than others. If you’re looking to have the trail by yourself, we would recommend hiking outside of weekends, outside of high season (spring and fall can be incredible for hiking as well) and always leave early in the morning so you give yourself a head start.
HERE IS A LIST OF OUR FAVOURITE HIKING TRAILS NEAR VANCOUVER:
KENNEDY FALLS TRAIL
Length: 10km round-trip
Duration: 4-5 hours
Elevation gain: 150m
Highlights: A rugged hike right into the backyard backcountry of North Vancouver’s local residents. The trail leads passed old-growth cedar trees to a spectacular waterfall. Try to aim to be at the waterfall at mid-day as minimum amount of sunlight penetrate the thick forest canopy. This is definitely one of our favourite hikes around due to the playful terrain!
MOUNT SEYMOUR – THIRD PEAK – MOUNT SEYMOUR PROVINCIAL PARK
Length: 9km round-trip
Duration: 4-5 hours
Elevation gain: 450m
Highlights: A ski-hill in the winter, a dog-friendly hikers delight in the summer. The trail crosses two peaks on the way up to the top of Mount Seymour rewarding you with 360-degree views of the surrounding area. Sunsets up here can be epic but make sure to bring a headlamp for your return trip.
THE HOWE SOUND CREST TRAIL – CYPRESS PROVINCIAL PARK
Duration: 1-3 days
Cumulative Elevation gain: 1830m
Highlights: This epic trail blazes from Cypress Mountain on a ridge, passed the prominent Lions Peaks with stunning views of Vancouver city, drops deep into the backcountry with colourful wildflowers and emerald lakes and finishes in Porteau Cove on the Sea to Sky highway. This trail is rated difficult as the first campsite is on the 14.5km mark with no water along the way. Expect a long first day with much shorter days to follow.
THE LIONS – CYPRESS PROVINCIAL PARK
Length: 16km round-trip
Duration: 8 hours
Elevation gain: 1280m
Highlights: A steady steep and rugged climb through Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar Forests will bring you to the most two famous peaks in Vancouver offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the vast surrounding area – definitely worth checking out! If you have the time, we recommend hiking the Howe Sound Crest Trail as this trail passes by the East and West Lions.
GOLDEN EARS – WEST CANYON TRAIL – GOLDEN EARS PROVINCIAL PARK
Length: 24km round-trip
Duration: 1-2 days
Elevation gain: 1500m
Highlights: A popular yet challenging hike, the West Canyon Trail rises through a thick lush forest on mostly rocky bed and over a permanent snowfield en route to the summit – boasting some of the best views around! The trail can be completed in one long day but many choose to enjoy the hike while camping. Two camping spots are offered along the way at 5.5km and 10km. Keeping the elevation gain in mind, even on a hot summer day the temperature at the summit can be quite cooler so pack accordingly.
TUNNEL BLUFFS – SEA TO SKY CORRIDOR
Length: 8km round-trip
Duration: 5 hours
Elevation gain: 650m
Highlights: Looking for a reward over length hike? This is the one! A cheeky steep little hike that really gets the legs going while rewarding all with picturesque views of Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast and spectacular sunsets. The well-marked trail eventually meanders through scenic forests and over several creeks before reaching Tunnel Bluffs. A great lower elevation hike that is usually snow free most of the year.
PANORAMA RIDGE – GARIBALDI PROVINCIAL PARK
Length: 31.4km round-trip
Duration: 11-12 hours
Elevation gain: 1432m
Highlights: Lets start out with a little secret – hike this out and back trail starting from Cheakamus Lake. The natural scenery in this area is much more dramatic than the 9km of switch back through a forest on the Garibaldi Lake trail. Passing along the backside of the Black Tusk on volcanic Mars-like terrain will lead you to the top of the ridge with gorgeous views of Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk and surround mountain ranges. Panorama Ridge hike can be completed in one long day but Garibaldi Provincial Park is so magical, you will want to stay for more. Set up a tent and enjoy!
BE PREPARED – CHECK BEFORE HEADING OUT
Right on! Now you have a pretty solid base to start further research into the hikes that you want to complete. It’s always good to check the British Columbia Resource Road Safety Information before heading out on any adventure. Below are two links that will keep you updated and hopefully ease any unexpected situations.
PUBLIC ROADS & HIGHWAYS
FOREST SERVICE ROADS
And remember, while hiking please practice “Leave No Trace” ethics and “Pack In What You Pack Out!” Read our blog about the Leave No Trace Principles for more information https://sjefcamping.com/leave-no-trace/ and/ or check out their website https://www.leavenotrace.ca/home.