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Easy Vancouver Hikes for Beginners

Easy Vancouver Hikes for Beginners

If you’re looking for a thrill that demands nothing but a taste for adventure, you could do worse than to suit up in some warm clothes, lock the house behind you, and venture out into the Great Outdoors. Vancouver has countless hiking trails. However, not all of them are beginner friendly. With nothing more than a pair of legs and an open mind in BC, you can easily find yourself deeper into hiking than you expected. Like crying up the Chief for example…

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to go on tamer adventures. Hikes without crazy inclines can be just as rewarding if you know where to go. The following trails are family-friendly, fun, and require no intense rock-climbing, no running up steep slopes and no jumping down ravines. Because playing outside doesn’t always have to be dangerous…

(Easy) Vancouver Hikes for Beginners aka Hiking Boot Optional:

1. Pacific Spirit Park

This 2,000-acre reserve is chock-full of well-curated trails (more than 73 kilometers’ worth, actually!), giant sequoia trees and quiet lakeside beaches. It’s also one of my favourite places to walk Mosi! Pacific Spirit is so large and forest-y, you’d half expect some dinosaur to come charging through the shrubbery! But despite the similarities to Jurassic Park, you can rest easy—there are only small mammals, reptiles and birds to be found here. Expect a casual stroll that you don’t need to break out the camping gear for- and runners. There are many many a runner who train here!

2. Lynn Canyon

First opened in 1912, this easily-accessible 600-acre reserve boasts a variety of unique sights, none more prominent than the suspension bridge. It’s as old as the park itself, and towers high over the canyon. There’s also the Lynn Economy Centre which houses information about the park’s history, as well as guided tours that will take you through a century’s worth of fantastic figures who shared your thirst for adventure.

3. Stanley Park

Now here’s a park that lies deep in the heart of metro Vancouver, both the city and her denizens. Stanley Park is a designated historical sight that features a huge plethora of walkways, monuments, and various landmarks of beauty. Landmarks such as Siwash Rock, the Hollow Tree, and the Brockton Point Lighthouse. There’s also an amazing beaver reserve centered around the aptly-named Beaver Lake, where you can sometimes spot Canada’s favourite furry friend, hard at work building their iconic dams.

4. Deer Lake Park

Located directly to the east of Vancouver, Deer Lake Park can be found the city of Burnaby. This reserve contains sights such as the Burnaby Art Gallery, as well as the Burnaby Village Museum, a reconstructed 1920s village featuring both heritage and replica buildings from the time period. Of course, if history is not your strong suit, then you can just meander along the scenic routes and walkways of the park at your leisure.

5. Lighthouse Park

As the name suggests, this park features a fantastic lighthouse that serves one of the best coastal views you can find anywhere on the West Coast. To get there you can take a quick shortcut along Beacon Lane, or you can choose a more scenic path along the Valley of the Giants, where Vancouver’s last Douglas fir trees remain amidst the increasing urbanity of the metro. Some of the trees are over 500 years old, silent witnesses to the history of the city. If you’re into that kind of magic 🙂

I honestly hope you enjoy these Vancouver hikes. Mosi and I have had so much fun at all of these parks. Good luck on your adventures! And stay safe! xx

 


  • Love this post! Hikes scare me because I am terrified of lizards. Maybe taking a hike in the winter won’t be as bad. You look lovely!

    – Jasmine K
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    • My cousin hates lizards too! I honestly rarely rarely see any!

  • Anca Tantos

    This is an awesome round up! Ben and I love to go to Deer Lake Park. We have been going there since we got married. There is some really good spots to shoot there too! xo

    • I don’t get out to Deer Lake Park enough actually! Mosi and I usually autopilot to Pacific Spirit. We’ll have to mix it up! x

  • Style hue

    I still have not been to all these hikes, but I loved Lynn Canyon 🙂 Such an amazing place to hike, and I can only imagine how nice it most be in the Summer, when you can swim there too !

    xo
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    • I’ll take you in the summer! Then we can finally do that shoot I wanted to do when it was freezing!! lol 🙂 x

  • Marian

    They look beautiful and perfect to take kids on!

    • I remember LOVING being deep in the woods as a yungin 😉 Enjoy the week ahead boo!

  • These hikes look amazing! If I ever visit Vancouver I’d definitely love to come to go to some of these places! Will definitely keep these places in mind! 🙂

    xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/ms-dress-zip/

    • Hit me up if you ever come to Vancouver! You have an awesome blog mama! We could grab coffee 🙂

  • Gillian Kent

    I was in the Lynn Canyon today. All snow and trees down on the trails but still a great hike.

    • OH NO! I haven’t been up to Lynn for a few weeks now :/ I hope it was still safe… x

  • Angela

    These are my kind of hikes! I would love to do all of these when I get around to visiting Vancouver.

    • Mine too!! I enjoy the forest more when I’m not panting out my soul! haha

  • shannon

    Great begginer list & fun pictures!

  • You had me at giant Sequoias. Also can we talk about your abs and your arms. They are sick girl! Looking good. I wish I could pull off a sports bra in the woods, but my blood is so juicy to mosquitos. Not to mention all the scratches I’d get from all my tripping. I’m what they call a super klutz.

    xx Yasmin

    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • LOL! You are one funny chick! You wouldn’t trip that much 🙂 Plus these were from the fall, when those little buggers were done their assault for the year

  • Laura

    Great list and very inspiring photos 🙂 I did last time hiking when I was in Switzerland and it was in the mountains, which was bit scary x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

    • That sounds AMAZEBALLS! I would love to visit Switzerland. I’m sure it was stunning!

  • NooDz TJ

    awesome list. I’m low key in love with your backpack its so cute

    • Thanks boo! I’m not so low key in love with dinosaurs :/ RAWR!!

  • Krissie Aguilar

    Great read! I love to go hiking. I haven’t been to Vancouver yet but it’s on my bucket list!

    • It’s so stunning here! Honestly, the photos from this shoot don’t even do these trails justice!

  • Maria Jose Abad

    What work out do you do? You always look amazing! Such beautiful scenarios my dear.
    XO,
    Maria
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    • Thanks Maria!! I try mixing up yoga with weights. But I also try to eat clean! I feel better as a human when I eat steel cut oats for breakfast over a cinnabun… :/ xx

  • Ellese Launer

    Very pretty! I love your backpack! I would totally rock that on a hike. Xo, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

  • jacqueline

    Oh my god! I’m planning on going to Vancouver at some point so I’m definitely keeping this on my bookmarks. Also serious hiking bod goals!

  • Divine Mwimba

    You are so fit! I hike a lot here in Gatineau on the Ontario side! I hope to visit the west coast real soon.

    Divine
    http://www.ladiesmakemoney.com

  • Mrs. Mommy Mack

    Wowwwww!!! Gorgeous!!!

  • Some great places you listed there! What a beautiful, mossy part of the world to explore 🙂

  • I’ve heard the Vancouver Dams are a wonder to experience, would love to visit one day! Your pictures look amazing as do you! It’s a breath of fresh air going on long walks and experiencing nature, I need to make a resolution to do this more in the new year!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

  • Sarah Massengill Harris

    So beautiful! I need to experience woods that magnificent! Loved the backpack too!

  • Love hiking. Getting out in the woods and experiencing nature away from the stresses of life is rejuvinating. 🙂

  • Aisha Sylvester

    I like being outdoors but don’t have a lot of hiking experience. These photos showcase some truly beautiful wooded areas, that I’d love to explore, especially since they’re quite manageable 🙂

  • This year, I got into hiking more and so I will have to write down your suggestions down for when I get a chance to go back to Vancouver! The hiking spots look great! I really like your backpack too! So cute!

    ~Crissy
    http://www.whimsicalfawn.com

  • Cristina Leau

    Ok, I need a backpack like that as well. It’s so cool. All the photos are amazing, and you look like you’re having fun

  • Josephine Amoako

    I love your backpack and footwear. Very adventurous of you, I like that. Wish I could do same lol.

  • Vy Tran

    I went to Vancouver acouple months ago, I wish I knew about these! what a great resource for next time. I love your photos too!

  • These are great suggestions and your photos are so fun! Hope to visit Van one day and try some of these!

  • Love this! I grew up near Seattle and camped with my family in B.C. fairly often. As an adult, I find myself seeking out hikes like on each visit home. Pacific Spirit Park…just the name has me all excited and nostalgic! I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m in town. 🙂

  • Holly Jean Benjamin

    omg your so gorgeous!! and that view! looks like you had an amazing time! if I’m ever in Vancouver I’ll definitely be checking these hiking spots out 🙂
    http://www.styledbyholly.com

  • I love this post!! I’m a huge fan of hiking so I’ll have to keep your recommendations in mind!

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  • I really need to plan a week vacation in Vancouver, there is so much to see and do and a weekend is just not enough.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • I love hiking, it’s one of the best way to get some excercise and a dose of nature! The tips you gave for Vancouver looks and sounds awesome. Hiking in the forrest is the best way to do it! Have a lovely week gorgeous! Xx

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  • I am new to hiking, will these recommendations keep in mind. Must say, you have a perfect body, I need to get me washboard abs like you!

    xx
    Makeup, Style and Sugar
    https://simpliannie.wordpress.com/

  • you are so fit and pretty, well done xxx
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  • This is pretty cool.x

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  • Toyas Tales

    Oh wow I love this! Great guide for hikers traveling to Vancouver!
    LaToya
    http://www.toyastales.blogspot.com

  • ALY

    Those places looks amazing

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  • Jena

    I love Lighthouse Park!

  • I loooove hiking! Especially in gorgeous places! Vancouver is on the bucket list so I’ll definitely be saving this post. Happy weekend!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

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