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Beautiful, Easy Fall Hikes Near Vancouver

Beautiful, Easy Fall Hikes Near Vancouver

Early fall is the perfect weather for hiking in and around Vancouver. Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in British Columbia, the colours are changing, the temperature is cooling, the high season for tourists is over and there’s still plenty of sunlight.  Fall doesn’t have to mean back to school, it can also mean back on the trail! Try these stunning, easy hikes around Vancouver this October.

Dog Mountain

One of the most popular hikes in Mount Seymour Provincial Park,  fall is the perfect time to try this trail. It’s not only beautiful, but also a little quieter than in the height of summer. Considered a moderate hike, this trail has some things to look out for: roots, rocks, and slippery areas, so be warned! The trail leads to a spectacular view, looking out towards Mount Baker, The Fraser Valley, Stanley Park and the Strait of Georgia. You’ll instantly see why it’s a crowd favourite.

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Dog Mountain is located about a 50 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. The trail starts and ends in the parking area of Mount Seymour.

Length (3 km or 1.5 hours)

Beaver Lake

Nestled in the heart of Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park, Beaver Lake is an easy, beautiful, accessible walk through the park wetlands. Starting at Stanley Park Drive, take a leisurely pace along Beaver Creek and around the lake. Having a park like this in the middle of the city is a feature that’s unique to Vancouver, and a must-experience.

On your way around the lake, look out for local wildlife, like beavers, flying squirels, Great blue herons and if you’re bringing snacks watch out for raccoons. They might look adorable, but they are definitely after your lunch!

Length (3 km or 1.5 hours)

Mystery Lake

Mystery Lake is known as one of the best swimming holes in summer, but for those that enjoy fewer crowds and cooler weather, fall is wonderful time to hike in the area. Located on Mount Seymour, it’s technically a short distance but involves a uphill climb that adds a bit of a challenge to a mostly easy hike. If it’s dry enough, the shore around the lake is also a great spot for chilling out and having a picnic.

Length (3 km or 1.5 hours)

Burnaby Mountain

Burnaby Mountain has a large network of trails, most are easy hikes that you can access year round.  If you need a quick escape from the daily grind. Walking through the bright fall leaves when the weather is crisp on any of these trails is almost guaranteed to give you peace of mind.

Length (Depending on trail selection, up to 7.5 km or 1 – 3 hrs.)

Quarry Rock

A famously beautiful and popular day hike in North Vancouver, Quarry Rock is perfect for visitors, beginners and quick trips for seasoned hikers. Short and easy enough for any new hiker to tackle, and with gorgeous views of Deep Cove and Indian Arm to inspire getting out on the trail and trying even more.

More experienced hikers will enjoy the variation the hike has to offer on top of the stunning view, and everyone can enjoy the opportunity to treat yourself to a coffee and doughnut (if you’re feeling decadent) in Deep Cove Village afterward.

Length ( 3.8 km or .5 up to 1.5 hrs)

Cypress Falls

Only a 30 minute drive from Vancouver, Cypress Falls features massive trees that are over 300 hundred years old. The trail that is home to these giants of nature is in a beautiful forested area of West Vancouver. The trail is accessible year round, and equally beautiful when it’s overcast and raining as it is in sunshine.

Making your way around Cypress Creek, you’re on your way to two beautiful waterfalls. The trail leads to both the Upper Cypress Falls and Lower Cypress Falls.  The trail markers can be confusing, so make sure you know your route and take precautions before you set out.

Length ( 3 km or 1.5 hrs.)

Twin Falls Loop, Lynn  Canyon

If you’re looking for scenic forest, great swimming and easy hiking paths, Lynn Cayon Park in North Vancouver is a must-see. Capilano Suspension Bridge may be more famous, but the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is just as amazing (and there’s no entry fee.) The Twin Falls Loops will take you over the suspension bridge, into the forest and over the top of Twin Falls.

Length ( 1.3 km, or 1 hour)

 

 

 

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