Howe Sound Crest Trail

From: $475.00 CAD + Taxes

3 Days / 2 Nights

A world class hike in Vancouver’s very own backyard. This 3 day adventure will take you from thick forests, up to alpine terrain, through colourful meadows, over turquoise lakes, passed waterfalls and finish with a walk on a beach.

Why is The Howe Sound Crest Trail so special?

The Howe Sound Crest Trail is a world-class hike. This scenic high-level route stretches 29km from Cypress Provincial Park to Porteau Cove Provincial Park is an iconic one-way trail in Vancouver’s very own backyard. The first section on the trail provides magnificent views of Howe Sound and the sprawling metropolitan area of Vancouver. The second section follows a ridge between the famous Lions and cuts deep into the Canadian backcountry leaving civilization behind. From here on out you are spoiled with a fantasy type wilderness. Sword ferns dance in the wind to the force of a melodic waterfall while mirror-like emerald alpine waters invite you in for midday swim.

Highlights of the trip

  • Natural wilderness features
  • Multiple summits
  • Ocean views
  • Abundance of meadows
  • Alpine terrain
  • Thick forest
  • Waterfalls
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Turquoise lakes
  • The Lions
  • Beach combing
  • 1000 year old yellow cypress trees


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Start / End location:
Downtown Vancouver, BC

Pickup Time:
Day 1 at 7:00am

Drop off Time:
Day 3 – End of Day

Trail Length:
29km round-trip

Elevation Gain:

Fitness Level:

Although we cater to all fitness levels, this specific tour is for moderate-high fit people due to terrain conditions. All adventurers will carry their own backpack including; clothing, food, water, camping- and cooking equipment.

Hiking Difficulty:

The total elevation gain of the trail is 610m and the total cumulative gain is 1830m. Day 1 to be the longest most difficult of all three days hiking 14.5km in roughly 9 hours, with breaks. Expect to use chains to traverse and ropes to descend safely along the trail.

Food: All meals will be included for the duration of the adventure, except breakfast on Day 1. It is recommended to eat breakfast before pick-up on Day 1. All meals for the duration of the trip will be distributed at the trailhead.

Accommodation:  We will be sleeping in tents along the trail in a comfortable group-camping setting. We will teach you how to use our camping equipment like a pro.

Day 1: Vancouver to Magnesia Meadows, 14.5km

Say good-bye to the city, it’s time to meet our new friend – the rugged backyard of Vancouver. In the morning we will pick you up at your Vancouver meeting spot and drive directly to the start of the trail. Here we will chat about detailed orientation of the park and useful trail information.

Walking through multi mountain passes you are given many viewing and photo opportunities of Vancouver and the surround area. Leaving the view of the city behind as we dip over the ridge in between the famous Lions, we immerse ourselves within true adventure and exploration that the BC backcountry has to offer.

The route to the first campground now becomes the most challenging of the three days. Once we arrive at camp you will learn how to use camping gear like an expert and cook a homemade meal. With the comfort of a warm meal in our hands, it’s time to relax and watch the stars come out one by one.


Day 2: Magnesia Meadows to Brunswick Lake, 5.5km

As the sweet smell of mountain air finally brings us out of our tents, we calmly enjoy our fresh brewed coffee and breakfast. Today will be a shorter hike than the previous day, but in the end you will be rewarded with a refreshing swim in an alpine lake.

You will have the option today to summit a few mountain peaks along the way or keep charging ahead to the next campground. We will set up camp with plenty of sunlight; you can either explore the surrounding area or relax with some lightweight reading material. As the sun slowly falls behind the mountains, we settle down for a peaceful nights rest underneath countless stars.


Day 3: Brunswick Lake to Porteau Cove Parking Area, 10km

If you love waterfalls, then this is the moment you have been waiting for.

We will hike beside a breathtaking blue waterfall that connects two lakes together while passing through lush green gully’s full of wildflowers so bright, you will need to put your sunglasses back on. This is one of our favourite spots in BC.

All this nature action will happen after an optional good morning wakeup swim and a warm healthy meal, to prepare us for our decent from mountain terrain to beachside ocean views. After beachcombing, you will be picked up and dropped off in downtown Vancouver.

Howe Sound Crest Trail Packing List

  • Comfortable Transportation (including pick up & drop off)
  • Home-made prepared nutritious meals and snacks to last for the duration of the trip
  • Food Allergies or preferences? We have a questionnaire for you to fill out before you join us
    on your adventure
  • Professional & Fun guides that are looking to share their passion with you
  • Guided hikes
  • Information about wildlife
  • Permits & Camping Fees
  • Tent Rental
  • Practice Leave No Trace ethics
  • First Aid Supplies & Blister Plasters
  • Sunscreen & Bugspray
  • Compressed Toiletpaper
  • Airfares
  • Expenses before and after tour
  • Rental of Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Mat, Backpack
  • Single Tent Upgrade
  • Gear – we will send you a specific gear list once you’ve chosen your adventure
  • Personal alcohol
  • Applicable Canadian Taxes (GST – 5%)
  • Trip Cancellation/ Extended Medical Insurance
  • We recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance as well as extended medical insurance to
    cover life and health care risks
  • Personal property insurance
  • To insure your personal belongings against loss
  • Staff appreciation gratuities

Additional information


August 9-11, July 23-25, June 10-12, September 17-19


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