The 6.3km Stawamus Chief Hike in Squamish is a stellar hike that snakes to three different peaks.

The 6.3km Stawamus Chief Hike in Squamish is a stellar hike that snakes to three different peaks.

5 Best Hikes Around Vancouver to Add to Your Bucket List

From North Shore to Whistler, find incredible spots to lace up your boots

Escape Vancouver’s hustling and bustling atmosphere and hike under a canopy of trees to exceptional ocean, city or valley views. You may be under the impression that Vancouver isn’t super close to thick, lush wilderness, but cell phone service drops just 2 kilometres outside of the Greater Vancouver area. If that’s not an indicator of the outdoor adventure that sits around this city, we don’t know what is.

You can find several incredible spots to lace up your boots. Just head to North Shore, Squamish, or travel a little further for a montage of epic views awaiting in Whistler. So, to inspire your next hiking adventure, we’ve collected a list of the best hikes around Vancouver.

Read on to discover your next adventurous wilderness escape!

St. Mark’s Summit Hike

Climb to unreal views of Vancouver Island, Howe Sound and the Tantalus Range on the 11km St. Mark’s Summit Hike, situated only 45 minutes from Vancouver in Cypress Park on the North Shore. This fantastic hike falls under the incredible-reward-for-little-work list. You’ll find yourself breathing hard at some points, but the path never forces too much intense exertion (except for the steep incline just before the pinnacle).

Looking for a long, challenging hike with supernatural vistas? The intense 15.6km Wedgemount Lake Hike in Whistler is basically an outdoor Stairmaster.

Looking for a long, challenging hike with supernatural vistas? The intense 15.6km Wedgemount Lake Hike in Whistler is basically an outdoor Stairmaster.

Wedgemount Lake Hike

Looking for a challenging, long hike embroidered with supernatural vistas? The intense 15.6km Wedgemount Lake Hike in Whistler is basically an outdoor Stairmaster. You climb 1,350m in 8km. Crazy? Yes. Worth it? Yes! The trail takes you to an enchanting bright blue lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks; the contrast of colours is phenomenal. Wedgemount Lake Hike may be 1 hour and 45 minutes from Vancouver, but the otherworldly views on this hike deserve to be admired.

Dog Mountain Hike

Short, sweet, easy and awesome views. These five words sum up the 4.9km Dog Mountain Hike, located 50 minutes from Vancouver in Mount Seymour Provincial Park on the North Shore, to a tee. At the top, hikers get a chance to marvel at a collection of views, including the Strait of Georgia, Mount Baker, Fraser Valley, Stanley Park and the Lower Mainland. Talk about a worthwhile excursion!

Stawamus Chief Hike

Expect never-ending entertainment on the 6.3km Stawamus Chief Hike in Squamish. It snakes to three different peaks, has you using chains on a brief scramble, and takes you to captivating views of Mount Garibaldi and the Tantalus Range. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can pass the first peak, where it can be quite busy, and the views aren’t as great as the other two.

Howe Sound Crest Trail Hike

Experienced hikers will fall in love with this route – and falling in love often involves screaming, pain, fun and beautiful experiences. The 30.1km Howe Sound Crest Trail Hike, just one hour from Vancouver, is no different. On average, this hike takes 12 to 14 hours, and while it can be completed in a day, you can always set up your tent at one of the many backcountry campgrounds: Brunswick Lake, Plateau above Enchantment Lake, Deeks Lake, or Magnesia Meadows.

These aren’t the only epic Lower Mainland hikes; read a more detailed list of the best hikes around Vancouver for more in-depth insight into family-friendly, challenging and day excursions.

British ColumbiaCanadaHikinglowermainlandOutdoors and RecreationThings to dotravelwct-intro

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jessica Simpson speaking to Langley Township council as a delegate in 2019. (Township of Langley/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Health privacy breach claimed by controversial Langley woman

Jessica Simpson is suing Fraser Health over an alleged breach in her health info

Construction on the main foyer at the soon-to-be opened Clayton Community Centre. (Photo courtesy of HCMA Architecture + Design)
Clayton Community Centre opening delayed again

City says Provincial Health Order reason for latest delay

Aaliyah Rosa. (Black Press Media file photo)
Langley child murder trial delayed until spring

It will be three months before testimony resumes

Okay – who predicted that increased pet ownership would be a side effect of a pandemic? (LAPS/Special to Aldergrove Star)
Painful Truth: Predicting the post-COVID future is no easy task

Small changes are gathering steam, and no one saw all of them coming

The new FVRL Express Service was inaugurated during the pandemic. The system is seen here in Maple Ridge’s branch. (Special to Black Press Media)
FVRL not currently planning for fundraising foundation

The largest library system in B.C. has a dozen small volunteer groups instead

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, speaks at a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
B.C. records 500 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 deaths

Outbreak at Surrey Pretrial jail, two more in health care

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette takes the royal salute from the Guard of Honour as she makes her way deliver the the throne speech, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette resigns after searing report into workplace culture: reports

Payette, who is the Queen’s representative in Canada, has been the governor general since 2017

Grounded WestJet Boeing 737 Max aircraft are shown at the airline’s facilities in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. WestJet will operate the first commercial Boeing 737 Max flight in Canada today since the aircraft was grounded in 2019 following two deadly crashes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Passengers unfazed as WestJet returns Boeing 737 Max to service on Vancouver flight

After a lengthy review process, Transport Canada cleared the plane to return to Canadian airspace

The top part of the fossil burrow, seen from the side, with feathery lines from the disturbance of the soil – thought to be caused by the worm pulling prey into the burrow. (Paleoenvironntal Sediment Laboratory/National Taiwan University)
PHOTOS: SFU researchers find evidence of ‘giant’ predatory worms on ocean floor

Fossils found the prove the existence of an ancient Taiwanese worm as long as two metres

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

RCMP officers provide policing for 63 B.C. municipalities under a provincial formula based on population. (Black Press file photo)
B.C. communities warned of upcoming RCMP unionization costs

Starting salaries for city police officers are 30% higher

Brandon Nathan Teixeira, charged in connection with a fatal 2017 shooting in South Surrey, is to return to court Feb. 2, 2021. (File photos)
Pre-trial conference set for accused in 2017 South Surrey killing

Brandon Nathan Teixeira set to return to Vancouver court Feb. 2

(Pxhere)
B.C. nurse suspended after using Tensor bandage to trap long-term care patient in room

Susan Malloch voluntarily agreed to a three-day suspension of her certificate of registration

Abbotsford’s Skully White (left), who donated his kidney in December, has started a campaign to find other recipients and donors. The first candidate is retired police officer Gavin Quon. White owns and operates a hotdog stand, Lullys Food Experience, out of the Abbotsford Canadian Tire parking lot. (Facebook photo)
After donating his kidney, Abbotsford hotdog king starts donor campaign

Skully White donated his kidney to customer Tim Hiscock in December

Most Read