Our Wild Backyard: 4 Daytrips for Nature Lovers


Dwarfed by the nearby Coast Mountains and surrounded by the wild Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the rare city readymade for nature lovers.  Within an hour’s drive of the downtown core, endless adventures await on land and sea.  Here are four daytrip ideas for people eager to get back to nature:

  • Paddle Indian Arm: A 12-mile glacial fjord carved through steep mountains, Indian Arm is just a 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.  From the community of Deep Cove, you can rent kayaks or strike out on hiking trails.

  • Explore Whytecliff Park: Located a 45-minute drive outside the city in Horseshoe Bay, 39-acre Whytecliff Park overlooks majestic Howe Sound.  A network of trails thread along oceanside cliffs, offering great spots for picnicking and watching marine life including seals.
  • Summit Mount Seymour: Rising to 4,574 feet in nearby North Vancouver, Mount Seymour is roughly a 45-minute drive from downtown.  Hikers can park at the ski lodge and then tackle several trails running through rugged alpine terrain.  Views from the top are exceptional.
  • Visit Lighthouse Park: Home to one of the last surviving stands of old-growth forest in the region, Lighthouse Park is only minutes from downtown in West Vancouver.  Trails wind through groves of huge Douglas fir, cedar and hemlock, then converge on the historic 1912 lighthouse.

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