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5 Awesome Hikes: Vancouver, BC

5 Awesome Hikes: Vancouver, BC

We want to share 5 awesome hikes near Vancouver with you. Why? Because one of the best feelings in the world is being outdoors!

Keep in mind, being prepared when heading out will ensure total enjoyment of your time outdoors. Remember to plan your trips accordingly (know your trail, pack appropriately, let someone know where you are). You can use the AdventureSmart app to help aid in this process. Safety first!

Whyte Lake

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 2 Hours

Round-Trip: 5km

Elevation Gain: 170m

Dog-Friendly: Yes, on-leash

The first of the 5 awesome Vancouver hikes! We’ve mentioned work-life balance once or twice. This hike is a great way to start, break-up, or end your day. Getting outside, practicing mindfulness, and remembering what your balance is can be easy when a trail like this isn’t far!

You will start in some old-growth, giant trees on a bit of a climb. The trail quickly levels out and becomes a peaceful meander.

Enjoy your time passing over several wooden bridges and once you get to the lake, take a breath. Spend as much time here as you like! We recommend bringing a book, a light snack, and a sense of serenity along with you.

This lake is also a popular swimming area; you can swing to the raft or bask in the sun on the new dock!

Person walking along wooden bridge: Whyte Lake hike, Vancouver

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Diez Vistas

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 5 Hours

Round-Trip: 15km

Elevation Gain: 460m

Dog-Friendly: Yes, on-leash

Diez Vistas. 10 views. Just awesome.

This hike explores the Buntzen Lake area, and offers a variety of incentives: gentle terrain, moderate terrain, foliage, views, a suspension bridge, and a refreshing lake to hop into when the sweat becomes to much to bear on a hot day!

Prep yourself for a full day, because your pit stops for lunch might become extended when the experience beats your expectations. This hike begins at the North end of the main Buntzen Lake parking lot.

You can do the full Buntzen Lake loop or just hit the peaks! Regardless, you’ll have an awesome day enjoying the Diez Vistas.

Yervana Insight

Are you a trail runner? Register for the Diez Vista 50k trail run! “Founded in 1997 by local trail runners to showcase the trails and terrain around Port Moody…. [this race] has developed an incredibly loyal following and has attracted some of the biggest names in ultra running.” Although this year’s race is sold out (April 13), you can keep your eyes peeled for the next one as it occurs each and every April.

Person sitting overlooking a vista: Diez Vistas hike, Vancouver

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Goat Mountain

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 4 Hours*

Round-Trip: 8km

Elevation Gain: 300m**

Dog-Friendly: No

*Be prepared to tack an extra hour to the round-trip time if you take the Grind up!

**This is without including the Grouse Grind.

A trail to give your legs a gentle burn, eyes a stunning view, and lungs some fresh air. This hike is fun- there’s no other way to explain it.

Feel free to take the Grouse Mountain Skyride up, but if you’re looking for an extra burn you can also hike up the BCMC or Grouse Grind first. The ascent begins gently, on a path filled with rocks and roots. When you get to the steep ascent, you’ll find yourself assisted with ropes and chains. Your summit is an exposed destination with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy your lunch.

Lay down, enjoy the breeze, and find your balance! But make sure to take in the view before you begin your descent. You’ll be treated to views of Crown Mountain, Vancouver Island, and Mount Baker.

Person standing on exposed rock: Goat Mountain hike, Vancouver

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Crown Mountain

Difficulty: Hard

Time: 5 Hours*

Round-Trip: 9kms

Elevation Gain: 376m**

Dog-Friendly: No

*Be prepared to tack an extra hour to the round-trip time if you take the Grind up!

**This is without including the Grouse Grind.

With a high point of 1,504m, the views from Crown Mountain are incomparable! On a bluebird day you’ll be rewarded with sights of local mountains, Vancouver, the Lions, and the Capilano Watershed.

There are a few steep points on this trail that warrant some skill (or maybe just some patience). Remember to check the conditions before you go – and take your time on the technical pieces!

Access this hike across from the Grouse Mountain Skytram or hike the BCMC/Grouse Grind first.

Person sitting, holding onto rock: Crown Mountain hike, Vancouver

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Brunswick Mountain

Difficulty: Hard

Time: 7 Hours

Round-Trip: 14km

Elevation Gain: 1500m

Dog-Friendly: Yes, but the trail is difficult for dogs.

Get stoked to climb the highest peak in the North Shore mountains!

The trailhead for this hike can be used to access other trails such as the Lions, Mount Harvey, and Mount Hanover. As you follow the trail on its gradual incline, you will pass creeks, dense forest, and views of the Howe Sound and Mount Harvey. But, the major payoff comes after you take the Brunswick turn at the Howe Sound Crest Trail Junction.

You will experience an exciting – and difficult – scramble to the summit (follow the orange marks!) and find yourself peering at mountain after mountain, Vancouver Island, Howe Sound and all of it’s impressive islands, and more. This view is unbeatable and unexplainable. But remember, safety first! Stay away from the edge, take your time, and plan your trip.

Person standing on exposed rock summit: Brunswick Mountain hike, Vancouver

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We hope you get a chance to check out these 5 hikes sometime this summer. Let us know how awesome you thought they were by sending us a message on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter! And if you’re looking for a buddy to go with, more knowledge, or a new activity, message a Yervana Local for their insight.

See you on the trails!


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