I’ve always like a good hike, and Canada has some of the most beautiful landscapes and hiking trails in the world. So having spent a decent time in and around Vancouver I wanted to share some of what I think are the best hikes, all of which I was lucky enough to hike myself in my time travelling there. These hikes are all recommended for the summer, and I’ve given my opinion on how difficult I think they are as well as how long they’ll take to complete. I’ve also put links below each one if you want to find out more information. These hikes are all ones that can be done in a day that also all have great viewpoints as a reward!

The Chief (first peak) – Squamish

(1) The Chief

Difficulty – Moderate
Time – 4-6 hours

The Chief was probably one of my favourite hikes I have done. The views from the top are absolutely spectacular (the main post picture is also taken from the top of this hike as well as the above), and you can get all of this just around an hour from Vancouver. The hike ascends quite a distance with a lot of steps, but you are rewarded with different views throughout as well as incredible ones at the top. I’ve put moderate difficulty here as there is a section at the top where you’ll need to climb a rock with assistance of rope that’s been put there. Some people didn’t need to use the rope, but it’s also not just your usual ascent. Once you’re at the top however you get amazing views all around. If you want more info on the hike then check out their link below.

https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/stawamus-chief/

Dog Mountain – North Vancouver

(2) Dog Mountain

Difficulty – Easy-Moderate
Time – 2-3 hours

This hike is up Mt Seymour in North Vancouver. You actually start from a car park quite far up the mountain already, so most of the hike is walking across the mountain with small bits of up and down. The route can be taken going the same way there and back, but it can also be taken in a loop if you wish. We sort of winged it and took another route back which was slightly more interesting. A lot of this hike is through woodlands, and we experienced a fair amount of mosquitos, so bring your spray! It was very quiet though, with only us and one other couple at the viewpoint so if you don’t like crowds it’s a good hike for you. You’re rewarded with great views out over the city and it’s an enjoyable hike.

https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/dog-mountain/

Quarry Rock – Deep Cove

(3) Quarry Rock, Deep Cove

Difficulty – Easy
Time – 1-2 hours

Quarry Rock is a great little hike that goes up to a lovely viewpoint at Deep Cove in North Vancouver. Deep Cove is a really nice waterside town which you’d generally enjoy visiting even if you didn’t want to do the hike. People kayak and swim in the lake, and it’s a very green and nice little town with plenty of grass and park to sit and relax in. The hike itself isn’t too hard, with some ascending parts to get to the viewpoint, at Quarry Rock. You can sit on the rock here and enjoy views out over the water and back towards the town, we even came back and went out on kayaks afterwards ourselves.

https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/quarry-rock/

Lighthouse Park – Greater Vancouver

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Difficulty – Easy
Time – 1-2 hours

Lighthouse Park is more of a park with different trails and options to get to the Lighthouse and different points where you’ll get various views. It’s a coastal area with plenty of areas to explore and gives you an option to hike for however long you’d like around the park. It’s great for trying to spot coastal wildlife too. You can easily reach Lighthouse Park by public transport as well which is handy.

https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/lighthouse-park/

The Grouse Grind – North Vancouver

(5) Grouse Grind View

Difficulty – Moderate/Hard
Time – 1-2 hours

I’ve written more about this hike in my post here. But in summary, this hike is more of a challenge that lot’s of people like to do to test themselves. It’s not technically difficult, but it is hard work and you’ll work up a sweat doing it. Also because there is a gondola that goes up and down you can basically just get the same views by taking that…. But that wouldn’t be as fun would it. In summary though, the views on the way up aren’t great, but it’s a famous challenge in and around Vancouver that will give you some respect amongst the locals if you complete it.

https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/grouse-grind/

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and find the information on these hikes useful. I’m by no means an expert hiker but I really enjoy the outdoors, and in the beautiful Canadian landscapes you’re always rewarded for the effort you put in. If you’ve been on any of these or know any others I haven’t had a chance to mention below, then do let me know as I’d love to hear about your hiking experiences!

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