Easy End of Summer Hikes Around Vancouver

Lindeman Lake in Chilliwack near Vancouver, BC

Lindeman Lake in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park. Photo Credit: Mohammad Rezaie on Unsplash

Sadly, summer is drawing to a close. But it’s not over yet: there are still a few more weeks of warm hiking weather left! It’s the perfect time of year for one last mountain hike or one last post-hike lake swim. Here are some great ideas for easy end of summer hikes in the Vancouver area.

Safety First: North Shore Rescue recommends bringing a backpack with essential safety and first aid gear on every hike. Check the forecast and pack extra clothing for the weather. And leave a trip plan so someone knows where you are going and when you will be back. Hiking is a little different during the pandemic. Read our tips for getting outdoors during COVID-19.

 

Whyte Lake

West Vancouver’s Whyte Lake is a great hike for hot days. It’s an easy hike slightly uphill through shaded forest to the lake. Cool off with a swim at the top. There’s even a floating dock to jump off! Use our directions for this two hour hike.

 

Lindeman Lake

This sparkling blue lake in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park is a popular summer destination that’s worth the drive. The water is icy cold, but many people dive in anyway. The hike takes about two hours. The first part of the trail is mostly flat, but there are some steep sections near the lake, so take your time.

 

Dog Mountain

This two hour hike in Mount Seymour Provincial Park in North Vancouver ends at a gorgeous viewpoint high above the city. While the hike is easy, the trail is rough with lots of roots, rocks, and mud puddles so bring your hiking boots. (FYI: This hike requires a day pass.)

 

Foreshore Trail

The flat Foreshore Trail in Pacific Spirit Regional Park runs from Spanish Banks to Wreck Beach right along the ocean. Plan to hike it at low tide as some sections get covered in water at high tide. Bring your bathing suit and stop for a swim along the way. The trail takes about 3 hours to hike. (FYI: Wreck Beach and Tower Beach are clothing optional and you may see nude people anywhere west of Spanish Banks.)

 

Sea to Sky Gondola Trails

The easy trails at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish have incredible views. Walk the short and flat Panorama Trail or Spirit Trail spectacular viewing platforms. For a bit more of a challenge, walk the Wonderland Lake Loop. It ambles past a few viewpoints, then circles tiny Wonderland Lake on a boardwalk. (FYI: Make advance reservations to ride the Sea to Sky Gondola.)

Viewing platform on the Panorama Trail at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC

Panorama Trail at the Sea to Sky Gondola. Photo Credit: Tara O’Grady

 

Sasamat Lake

The short and easy trail around Sasamat Lake in Belcarra Regional Park is a great option for swimmers. Jump into the lake from a rock outcropping along the trail or save your swim for sandy White Pine Beach near the parking lot. The loop takes about 2 hours. (FYI: Parking is limited and fills fast. Go early.)

 

Cheakamus Lake

Make the drive to Whistler for the flat and easy hike to Cheakamus Lake. With a gorgeous glacial turquoise colour and mountain views, this hike in Garibaldi Provincial Park is worth adding to your end of summer bucket list. Allow 2-3 hours to complete the hike. (FYI: This hike requires a day pass.)

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