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