The Lower Mainland has numerous amazing places for hiking, including some of the best hiking trails in the world on the North Shore.
Vancouver’s Best Places for Hiking
There are many fabulous hiking venues to choose from in the Lower Mainland, but below are some of the best.
Hiking on the North Shore
- Baden Powell Trail – over 40 km of hiking trails from West Vancouver to North Vancouver across the mountains. Especially interesting for all levels (but not really small children) is the section from Deep Cove to Quarry Rock.
- Capilano River Regional Park – fairly easy trails from the Cleveland Dam down to a salmon hatchery and back, or all the way down to the ocean for people wanting a much longer walk.
- Inter River Park – a park near Capilano University with flat level trails as well as a route with steps and an incline that connects with Lynn Canyon Park.
- Lighthouse Park – a rugged ocean-side park towards Horseshoe Bay with rocky shores and views of Vancouver. A nice place for a shorter walk.
- Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) – a great park in North Vancouver and home to beautiful Rice Lake.
- Lynn Canyon Park – nature at its best with extensive trails, lots of stairs and a free suspension bridge!
- Lynn Headwaters Regional Park – great hiking trails in nature, for both beginners and experts.
- Rice Lake – a nice place for walking and fishing in a beautiful setting in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR).
Hiking Near the City of Vancouver
- Burnaby Mountain – a park in Burnaby with walking trails and views of Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.
- Pacific Spirit Regional Park – some of the best forested trails within the City of Vancouver itself.
- Stanley Park – get off the seawall and you’ll find some amazing trails through the forest.
Hiking in the Sea to Sky Region
- Alice Lake – a lake with nice fairly level trails near Squamish.
- Stawamus Chief – for mountain climbing and more serious hikes.
- Sea to Sky Gondola – people can hike all the way up to the attraction and then take the gondola back down, or up take the ride both ways and simply hike around at the top. There are also exceptional trails into the back country.
Click Sea to Sky to learn more about the region.
Other Places to Hike in the Lower Mainland
- Golden Ears Provincial Park – location of Alouette Lake in Maple Ridge.
- Sasquatch Provincial Park – a forested park with a number of lakes near Harrison Hot Springs.
For details about lots of other great places for hiking, see the website vancouvertrails.com.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Lower Mainland Parks & Nature
- Outdoor Recreation in Vancouver
- Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- Best Places for Walks, Jogs and Cycling