Yervana Explorer, Chris, shares his experience of canyoning in West Vancouver's exhilarating waterfalls with Local, FX Gagnon.
Vancouver is beautiful in the spring and everyone wants to get outside and enjoy the start of the season, but even though the sun is finally out, a lot of the best local hikes are still covered in snow. Don’t let frozen toes stop you from hitting the trail, here are three local hikes we think you’ll love to get you back on the track (and out of the snow.)
1. Tunnel Bluffs
(8 km, 3-4 hours)
Drive along the Sea to Sky Highway to Lions Bay, and park in the lot for Tunnel Point. Run across the highway and you’ll find the trailhead to this beautiful Howe Sound hike.
Be prepared for an incline, the first three quarters of this hike is very steep, so get ready to burn some calories. Before you hit the viewpoint, the hike finishes on a semi-flat logging road. From the top you’ll look over Howe Sound, take a moment to enjoy the view of all the beautiful small islands. To make the experience extra special, head up for sunset, and remember to bring your headlamp and safety equipment for the way down.
We recommend you bringing your beverage of choice to kick back and enjoy the view. This hike lasts 3-4 hours depending on your speed, and is a perfect half day adventure.
2. BCMC Trail
(3km, 1-1.5 hours)
Everyone knows the Grouse Grind — they don’t call it nature’s stairmaster for nothing! Most people also know that the Grouse Grind is super busy, so where should you go if you want to stay in the city and get out for a quick hike or workout before or after work ? The BCMC is the trail you’re looking for!
Located almost right beside the Grind, the BCMC takes slightly longer to complete, but in many ways we think it’s a more enjoyable trail to the top of Grouse. Most people grab a drink or coffee to enjoy the sunset or sunrise. This is a great way to start working towards that #summerfitness goal.
3. Norvan Falls
(14 km, 4-5 hours)
You don’t need to travel to an exotic location to chase waterfalls, you can do it right here in Vancouver – just head over to Lynn Valley in North Vancouver. Located just 20 minutes by car from Downtown Vancouver is the trailhead to Norvan Falls in Lynn Headwaters Park. This trail is quite long, but doesn’t have much incline. It’s perfect for a trail run or brisk hike.