Known as one of the best cities in the world to live in, Vancouver’s backyard boasts some of the greatest mountain trails that you’ll ever come across. From Whistler to Grouse Mountain, there’s a whole slew of trails that feature spectacular views. Venture over the Lion’s Gate Bridge to visit the North Shore or head out to Port Moody and get ready to take in the wonderous views at the top of each trail listed below.
Located in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove neighbourhood, this is by far the most popular hike available in Vancouver. Tallying around 1-2 hours round trip, the trail leads up a medium-incline path through the woods to Quarry Rock, where you’ll find stunning views of Deep Cove. Be sure to look your best, as this hike is definitely the place for a photo-op.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Head west to UBC and don’t forget to bring your pooch along. The Pacific Spirit Trails are located in the endowment lands and offers a network of forest-enclosed trails that you can access year-round. With minimal incline, these trails are perfect for sipping a coffee while you catch up with a friend.
Located around Buntzen Lake in Port Moody, you won’t want to miss the spectacular views at the Diez Vistas trails. With a moderate incline, the total trail loop adds up to 12.6km, so be sure to pack a water bottle and snack.
Little Goat Mountain
A perfect alternative to the gruelling Grouse Grind, you’ll find this easy-to-moderate level trail in the backcountry of Grouse Mountain. A steady 2.5 hours, this 5.5km hike can be accessed once you take the Grouse Mountain Skyride to the top of the mountain and head towards the Peak Ski Run. Keep in mind, the trail will see snow in the winter months, so try this in the early fall before the weather stops you.
This West Vancouver trail takes no more than an hour to reach the top where you’ll come through the trees to find a small, but beautiful lake awaiting your next selfie. Be prepared to jump in for a swim when it’s hot out or bring your skates when the lake freezes over in the winter months. This popular trail also welcomes dogs and is easy enough for kids to tag along.