Hiking Trails in Vancouver
Updated: Jul 16, 2020
Are you the one who loves to be out, go for beautiful hikes? As our Hotel Riviera on Robson is located in the heart of the West End, and not many hiking trails are around, let's give you some tips about where to go!
The Abby Grind is a steep hike that gains about 320 meters in 2 km and ends at a scenic viewpoint looking southwest across Abbotsford. While not as steep as the Grouse Grind, the Abby Grind is still a good workout and popular hiking trail. From the gravel parking lot area, the trail begins to the right by the bushes, immediately climbing up the hill.
The Bowen Lookout is an incredible view that is located near the Cypress Mountain ski area and overlooks Howe Sound, out Towards Bowen Island. The hike is relatively short, with a steep climb and is often done as a short side- trip on the way to St Mark's Summit.
Al's Habrich Ridge Trail
Starting from the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola, the Al's Habrich Ridge Trail rises into the back country to offer incredible views of Howe Sound and the community of Squamish, BC. The route goes just beyond Neverland Lake and an extended route can be hiked to Neverland Falls. The Al's Habrich Ridge Trail is best done by taking the Sea to Sky Gondola to the top but can also be done after hiking the Sea to Summit route from the bottom of the gondola.
Located East of downtown Vancouver and home to Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain has several trails that are popular with hikers and mountain bikers. The majority of the trails are on the east side of the mountain, just off of North Road near the Coquitlam. There are many family- friendly trails which are also great for the youngest. Burnaby Mountain also offers a stunning view and totems park!
Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon
The eastern section of the Baden Powell trail travels through North Vancouver Deep Cove to Lynn Valey Suspension Bridge. This section of the trail passes several scenic landscapes, from a view of Deep Cove and Indian Arm, to great canyon scenery of the Seymour River and Lynn Creek. Please note, that this hike has a different starting and ending point, so you will need to arrange transportation either back to your car at the starting point or through public transit.
Capilano Canyon is one of the Vancouver area's four canyons and offers splendid views of rushing water over rock nestled in a rainforest surrounding. There are several ways to access the Capilano River Regional Park but we will start our hike from Cleveland Dam off Capilano Road.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Located on the west side of the city of Vancouver, the Pacific Spirit Regional Park offers a network of trails contained in more than 750 hectares of forest. The best way to see the park is to view the park map and determine your own route. However, we will follow a common route that will take you on a 3- hour trip through.
Located east of Vancouver in Coquitlam, Crystal Fall is a scenic waterfall that drains into the Coquitlam River and is along a short, easy hike trail. The area is also popular with dog walkers and mountain bikers and the route can be very muddy for several months of the year, including small streams that you have to step through or carefully cross trying no to get yours shoes wet.
Lighthouse Park is one of Greater Vancouver's most beautiful park located along the shores of West Vancouver. The park boasts come of the largest Douglas Fir trees in Greater Vancouver as well as breathtaking views of the water. There are a variety of trails through the park that take you past old growth.
Mystery Lake Trail
Mystery Lake is about as close to perfect as you can get for an alpine lake hike, especially so for those with small children. With ample space for relaxing on the shores of the lake, warm water, and an easy ascent, it's really the ideal hike for a younger hiker, and with a beautiful mountain view.