6 Easy Hikes in Vancouver

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6 Easy Hikes in Vancouver

Looking for easy hikes in Vancouver (or nearby)? So were we.

In a summer like no other, our family discovered that we suddenly had ample time to enjoy the natural beauty of our home city. While we didn’t start out as hikers, our need to plan some activities to keep from going totally stir crazy turned us into hikers.

We found that the following relatively easy hikes in Vancouver were great for keeping our screen-time in check. The added bonus was that we were able to shed some extra pounds earned from several months of baking (and eating) copious amounts of bread.

So…whatever your reason for getting out there, here are what we think are some of the best hikes in Vancouver – that are still relatively easy.

 

 

All the hikes listed below are 30 minute to 3 hour short hikes in Vancouver (or nearby) and most have minimal elevation gain. They are generally suitable for a family, and all are dog friendly (off and on-leash options). That said, they are still hikes – bring some water, leave the fancy shoes at home and wear something that you think active people would wear.

I took this photo on a Vancouver hike that is rated as easy (across multiple hiking sites), to give you an idea of what the terrain can sometimes look like. This is why a pair of Converse, Vans, or flip flops generally don’t do the job well.

*Note: After swearing that I would never buy hiking shoes because I thought them unnecessary (and ugly), I finally broke down and bought a pair. I can’t believe what a difference they have made in terms of managing the uneven terrain. I’m am now a convert and mine really aren’t that ugly (Adidas). Both Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) and Atmosphere have a decent selection.

Please see the following list of our favourite easy hikes around Vancouver. Want a quick peek first? Start with our 90 second video of 6 easy hikes in Vancouver.

 

Easy Hikes in Vancouver Video (90 sec.)

 

 

Cypress Falls – West Vancouver

Cypress Falls – Easy Hikes Vancouver
Cypress Falls

 

If you are looking for a little fresh air and a quick taste of some of the stunning natural beauty that British Columbia has to offer, this trail is perfect. The hike takes you through a lush forest with 300 year old trees and along a beautiful creek with several waterfalls. 

There are off leash trails for dogs and if you want to make a fuller day of it, there is a baseball diamond and tennis courts at the entrance.

Distance: 3km
Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation Gain: 135m
Type: Out and back
Good for Dogs: Yes – Off Leash Trail
Season: Year-round
Drive Time from Vancouver: 30 minutes

Learn more about this hike at: VancouverTrails.com.
 

Cypress Falls – Easy Hikes in Vancouver
Cypress Falls Hike

 

 

Lighthouse Park – West Vancouver

Hikes Near Vancouver – Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park

 

Named for the decommissioned Port Atkinson Lighthouse, the trails in this beautiful coastal park take your through old growth forest and to some beautiful lookouts along the shoreline.

You can go straight out to the lighthouse on the most direct and well-trodden route (the Beacon Lane Trail), or you can take a longer, circular route that offers more time in the forest or along the shoreline.

 

Distance: 1-6km (route dependent)
Time: 1-2 hours
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Type: Loop or in and back
Good for Dogs: Yes – Off Leash Trail
Season: Year-round
Drive Time from Vancouver: 30 minutes

Learn more about this hike at: VancouverTrails.com.

 

Lighthouse Park – Easy Hikes Vancouver
Lighthouse Park

 
 

Lions Bay Loop – Lions Bay

Lions Bay Loop – Short Hikes Vancouver
Lions Bay Loop

 

The Lions Bay Loop begins right across from the Lions Bay General Store. It runs through the forest to Crystal Waterfall, while also offering great views of Howe Sound. 

Although much of the time you can hear vehicles from the Sea-to-Sky highway, the trail makes up for this shortcoming in sheer natural beauty. Along the path there are several nice spots to sit and enjoy the view, including Arbutus Point which is perfect for a picnic.

Be sure to leave time to reward yourself with a snack or a beer at the end on the patio of the Lion’s Bay Cafe.

 

Distance: 4-5km 
Time: 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 180m
Type: Loop 
Good for Dogs: Yes – On Leash Trail
Season: Year-round
Drive Time from Vancouver: 40 minutes

Learn more about this hike at: VancouverTrails.com.

 

Lions Bay Loop – Easy Hikes Vancouver
Lions Bay Loop

 

 

Lynn Loop Trail – North Vancouver

Lynn Loop – Hikes Around Vancouver
Lynn Loop

 

The Lynn Loop Trail takes you up into the forest (with a little elevation) and loops you back along a picturesque river. It is a popular route for both trail runners and those who prefer a more meandering pace.

The Lynn Loop Trail is one of several hikes to be enjoyed within Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. 

 

Distance: 5km
Time: 1.5 – 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 160m
Type: Loop 
Good for Dogs: Yes – On Leash Trail
Season: Year-round
Drive Time from Vancouver: 40 minutes

Learn more about this hike at: VancouverTrails.com.

 

Lynn Loop – Dog Friendly Hikes Vancouver
Lynn Loop

 

Pacific Spirit Park – Vancouver West

Pacific Spirit Park – Family Hikes Vancouver
Pacific Spirit Park

 

Nestled between UBC and several Vancouver West neighbourhoods, Pacific Spirit Park is frequented by strolling families, hikers and dog walkers alike. Visitors can enjoy a quick stroll and then pop over to UBC for lunch, or have a more substantial hike within the extensive trail network.

Distance: 1 – 10km 
Time: 30 min – 3 hours
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Type: Loop 
Good for Dogs: Yes – On and Off Leash Trails
Season: Year-round
Drive Time from Vancouver: 15 minutes

Learn more about this hike at: VancouverTrails.com.

 

Pacific Spirit Park – Easy Hikes Near Vancouver
Pacific Spirit Park

 

 

Quarry Rock Hike – Deep Cove 

Easy Hikes Vancouver – Quarry Rock
Quarry Rock Hike Vancouver

 

*Temporarily Closed – As distancing is difficult on this trail, it is currently closed. I will update this post as soon as it reopens.

After a relatively short hike along boardwalks and through a forested trail (with just enough elevation to get that heart pumping), visitors reach an impressive rock outcropping with magnificent views of Deep Cove. 

Although it gets a little crowded at the top, if you can claim a bit of space, it is a beautiful spot for a picnic. Alternatively, the village of Deep Cove has some lovely cafes and restaurants to pop into as a post-hike reward.

Distance: 3.8km
Time: 1-2 hours
Elevation Gain: 100m
Type: In and back
Good for Dogs: Yes – On and Off Leash Trails
Season: Year-round
Drive Time from Vancouver: 30 minutes

Learn more about this hike at: VancouverTrails.com.

 

Quarry Rock Hike – Best Hikes Near Vancouver
Quarry Rock Hike

 

 

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