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Tranquil Trails: Easy Hikes in Vancouver 

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We’ve all thought about giving hiking a go. But if you’re like us, you’re not exactly an iron-lunged mountaineer ready to conquer the highest peaks, right? 

So we skipped the extreme challenges and opted for these easy hikes instead. We made sure to list easy, breezy, and scenic trails that are doable without requiring advanced hiking skills. 

Take a Relaxing Stroll through Stanley Park

Address: Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Distance: 3 km to 9 km
Elevation Gain: Less than 100 m
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 9am to 5pm

Stanley Park is synonymous with Vancouver, and we know that it’s kind of hard to believe that inside this park is a huge old-growth forest where you can wander around 3 to 9-kilometer trails—but it’s true.

There are a total of 11 trails in Stanley Park, all of which are along the seawall. You’ll find nothing but easy and lovely strolls along the scenic coastline, with breathtaking views of the mountains and the ocean. 

The trails are well-maintained here, and you’re likely to almost always run into fellow nature enthusiasts enjoying the park’s serene atmosphere. 

Pro tip:

Our absolute fave is the inner loop through the park leading up to Prospect Point. It’s an 8-kilometer trail with an 80-meter climb, and once you’re up there, you get this awesome view of the Lions Gate Bridge and the harbor where those massive cargo ships sail on by.

Traverse the Forest at Gold Creek Falls

Address: Lower Falls Trail, Fraser Valley F, BC V0M 1H0, Canada
Distance: 5.5 km
Elevation Gain: 100 m
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 11pm

The Gold Creek Falls trail is basically a lush rainforest with relatively flat terrain. The path is pleasantly easy to tackle. It’s a truly rejuvenating hike, with rich greenery and a gentle symphony of water flowing nearby.

As you venture further along the trail, you’ll encounter Gold Creek. There’s a bit of a tricky 50-meter drop, and the terrain might get a tad uneven, but take our word for it, the payoff is huge when you lay eyes on the majestic Lower Gold Creek Falls.

Pro tip:

If that 50-meter drop has you a bit worried, here’s a tip: consider taking the second part of the trail there and back, instead of completing the loop.

Slowly Make Your Way at Buntzen Lake

Address: Buntzen Lake, Anmore, BC, Canada
Distance: 11 km
Elevation Gain: 300 m
Operating Hours: Hours vary throughout the year

Buntzen Lake is a bit of a mixed bag, straddling the line between easy and challenging. On the whole, though, it leans towards the easy side since it’s mostly flat.

Covering a distance of 11 kilometers, this hike treats you to a range of forest scenes and some lovely vistas of Buntzen Lake. Along the way, you’ll come across some majestic trees and a quaint bridge that’s worth a stop to soak in the peaceful beauty of the surroundings.

Pro tip:

Watch out as the Buntzen Lake trail can get a touch rocky when you hit the northeast corner of the lake. Take it slow and steady, and you’ll be just fine.

Make Your Way Down the Water at Lighthouse Park

Address: 4902 Beacon Ln, West Vancouver, BC V7W 1K5, Canada
Distance: 4 km
Elevation Gain: 190 m
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 10pm

If you’re a nature enthusiast, this place is like heaven on Earth. The Lighthouse Park trail offers a delightful 4-kilometer loop through towering trees, a charming lighthouse, and some fantastic views of downtown Vancouver.

The trails are clearly marked, and the real showstopper of this hike is undoubtedly the Point Atkinson Lighthouse, majestically perched on a cliff. The views are absolutely awe-inspiring, with vistas that reach all the way to Vancouver Island.

Pro tip:

You’ll find plenty of great places to pause and soak in some stunning views along the way. Keep your eyes peeled because you’re bound to come across eagles, birds, and maybe even a deer while you’re on the bog loop.

Wander within Lynn Canyon

Address: 3663 Park Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3K2, Canada
Distance: 3 to 5 km
Elevation Gain: 140 m
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 7pm

The Lynn Canyon trail is a gem that spans the entire North Shore area, cutting through the beautiful Lynn Canyon Park. It’s easy to follow with clear markers and offers a mix of both challenging and easygoing stretches. 

Plus, it won’t cost you a dime, making it a fantastic alternative to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. You’ve got two choices here: the shorter 3-kilometer route or the 5-kilometer journey that’ll lead you to Twin Falls and the refreshing 30 Foot Pool.

Pro tip:

When you make it to Twin Falls and the 30 Foot Pool, you’ve got some exciting options. You can cool off with a refreshing swim, or if you’re feeling adventurous, take the plunge with an exhilarating cliff jump.

Get to the Top of Quarry Rock

Address: Baden Powell Trail, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1V6, Canada
Distance: 4 km
Elevation Gain: 225 m
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 7pm

Over at Quarry Rock, there are two paths to get to the top. The first one starts along the Baden Powell Trail, where it meets Mt Seymour Road. The second option kicks off in Deep Cove and takes you along the Cove Runner trail.

Both of these routes are only 4 kilometers in total, and they come with elevation gains ranging from 210 to 250 meters. Once you reach Quarry Rock, you’ll be treated to a fantastic viewpoint from a rocky ledge overlooking the Indian Arm.

Pro tip:

Parking is hard to find if you don’t arrive early so it’s best to plan ahead and consider alternative transportation options.

Discover the Spectacular Foreshore at Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Address: 5495 Chancellor Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1E4, Canada
Distance: 9 km
Elevation Gain: 36 to 666 mm
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 7pm

Pacific Spirit Regional Park boasts an expansive trail system nestled within over 750 hectares of lush forest. What makes this trail truly exceptional are the magnificent large trees and the presence of an ancient old-growth forest.

Despite its peaceful and almost otherworldly feel, it’s surprisingly well-kept, offering a stark contrast to the bustling Vancouver city nearby. You’ll find a mix of pathways here, some neatly paved with concrete, while others are perfect for pets with a more natural and soft earthy surface.

Pro tip:

Most of the trails are flat and some are on a slippery slope so it’s best to wear appropriate footwear for better traction and stability.

Head to the Trails at Stawamus Chief

Head to the Trails at Stawamus Chief

Address: 38049 3 Ave, Squamish, BC, CA
Distance: 4 km
Elevation Gain: 702 m
Operating Hours: Hours vary

Perched on a granitic dome, the Stawamus Chief invites you to ascend its steep trail, leading to one of its three majestic peaks.

From there, you’ll be treated to jaw-dropping vistas of the picturesque surroundings in Squamish, which include Howe Sound and extend all the way north to Garibaldi Provincial Park.

There’s also a campsite that’s perfect for folks who prefer to hike in for camping, especially if you plan to enjoy the fantastic outdoor activities the region has to offer.

Pro tip:

Stawamus Chief is a vital nesting ground for peregrine falcons so remember to maintain a respectful distance.

Navigate the Pandora Trail at Burnaby Mountain

Navigate the Pandora Trail at Burnaby Mountain

Address: 100 Centennial Way, Burnaby, BC V5A 2X9, Canada
Distance: 156 m
Elevation Gain: 370 m
Operating Hours: Dawn to dusk

Located in the Simon Fraser University Campus, Burnaby Mountain boasts an array of trails to explore. While some of these trails are of intermediate difficulty, like Pandora Trail, there are a few easier options available as well.

Pandora Trail on Burnaby Mountain treats you to a blend of gravel paths and natural trails winding through the woods. It’s a lovely short hike that rewards you with breathtaking vistas overlooking Indian Arm, Burrard Inlet, as well as views of the garden, monument, and the cityscape.

Pro tip:

The trees have grown quite generously here so it kinda obstructs the view of the North Shore somewhat, so it may not have the same factor that other trails offer.

Witness Norvan Falls at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

Witness Norvan Falls at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

Address: 4900 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7K 3B2, Canada
Distance: 14 km
Elevation Gain: 355 m
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 7pm

Norvan Falls, nestled in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, winds its way between the peaks of Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour Provincial Park. This trail is a breeze to navigate, thanks to clear markers, and it won’t have you climbing too much for the distance you cover.

What’s more, it meanders through a stunning old-growth rainforest, tracing the path of Lynn Creek. You’ll be treated to some picturesque mountain views.

Pro tip:

A helpful tip: consider parking a bit farther from the entrance to avoid shelling out for parking fees. It’s a nifty way to save a little extra cash.

Now that you know some of the best easy hikes in Vancouver, it’s time to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails. These hikes are perfect for beginners or those looking for a leisurely stroll in nature.

Now, if you’re game to see some scenic views of the city and surrounding mountains, check out our article on the best viewpoints in and around Vancouver.

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