Being residents of the Pacific Northwest means we won’t let a little chilly weather and dampness in the air get between us and our hiking. The beauty of living in Vancity? The abundance of breathtaking spots to enjoy Mother Nature all year round. Here are our top five favourite winter hikes in Vancouver. Strap on those boots–or snowshoes–and get your trek on!
Dog Mountain Trail. Aptly named, this easy, dog-friendly 5km trail on Mt. Seymour meanders past streams and promises spectacular views of Vancouver, the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park.
The 1 hour, Sea-to-Sky drive to Squamish is worth it to scale the Stawamus Chief. Locally known as simply, “The Chief”, this 11km steep climb takes about 2 hours to complete, round trip. The 600 meter elevation challenge is worth the stunning views — along with bragging rights.
The 1.5 hour, 3.8km Quarry Rock hike on the North Shore offers up views of Deep Cove and the mountains around Belcarra. Quarry Rock marks the easternmost section of the Baden Powell Trail, and features densely wooded areas and small creeks.
The epic waterfall nestled in the peaceful, old growth forest setting of Kennedy Falls Trail in North Van is beautiful year-round: just think what that cascading water would like frozen! The intermediate level trails features some creek crossings and technical spots. Give yourself 5 hours or so.
Literally, Pacific Spirit Park lies on the border of Point Grey and engulfs the sprawling UBC campus. Featuring 73 km of hiking trails that run along beaches, a bog, and through old growth forest, the interconnected trails are mapped out so you can wander for a little while, or a lot.
Where’s your favourite place to hike in Vancity?