Vancouver is known for its proximity to beautiful mountains and trails, many of which offer quite the challenge. But for those looking for a lighter workout there are some beautiful options in the area. Here, are five easy hikes around the Lower Mainland.
Beginning in the quaint community of Deep Cove, the hike to Quarry Rock offers a beautiful hike with a bit of an incline (100 meters) that will take about 1.5 hours to complete. The beauty of this hike is that while it’s relatively short and can be done in a morning or afternoon, the payoff at the top is amazing: hikers are treated to spectacular views of Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm and Deep Cove. It’s also dog-friendly for all those dog-lovers out there.
This two-hour, six-kilometre, relatively flat walk through one of West Vancouver’s most beautiful parks will provide visitors with up-close-encounters with some of the largest Douglas Fir trees in the Lower Mainland. A 40-minute drive from Vancouver will bring you to the parking lot. From there, just a 10-minute walk away is the lighthouse and a rocky outcropping with picnic tables where you can enjoy a picnic lunch.
If you have a bit more time to spare, the 10-kilometre loop around Buntzen Lake comes highly recommended. With an easy elevation gain of 110 metres, beautiful views of the lake, a suspension bridge and a quiet beach at the North end of the lake it’s a must for hikers of all levels.
For a bit more of an elevation gain (160 meters), but still an easy hike, head to Lynn Headwaters. The 5.1-kilometre Lynn Loop will take about 1.5 hours to complete and will take you through a beautiful forested area before you walk along the beautiful waters of Lynn Creek.
Wherever you go hiking, be sure to tell someone where you’re heading, to wear adequate hiking gear, to go with a hiking buddy and to bring lots of food and water!