5 Places to Get a Quick Nature Fix in Vancouver

Exploring nature in Vancouver, BC

Photo: Destination BC/Jordan Manley

By now you’ve probably seen countless news stories about how exposure to nature is good for us. It makes us happier, reduces stress and boosts creativity. According to scientists, just listening to birdsong and running water or smelling trees can help us chill out.

In Vancouver, you don’t even have to leave the city limits to spend some time in the woods. Here are five Vancouver parks with a wilderness feel, perfect for a quick nature fix in the city.

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5 Places to Get a Quick Nature Fix in Vancouver

5 Vancouver Hikes for Rainy Days

Misty forest in British Columbia

Photo: Destination BC/Boomer Jerritt

Vancouverites know a thing or two about rain. And one of our little rain secrets is that hiking in it is actually pretty fun. Zip yourself into a rain jacket, then head out into the forest. It’s extra green when it rains, the waterfalls really get going, and the fog makes for some great moody photo moments. Here are our top picks for rainy day hikes in Vancouver. 

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5 Vancouver Hikes for Rainy Days

Try Cycle Commuting During Bike to Work Week October 21-27

Fall Bike to Work Week in Vancouver

Photo Credit: HUB

Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the best cities in North America for cycling. So it should be no surprise that many locals bike all year round. It’s a great way to stay active while reducing air pollution and traffic congestion. During the week of October 21-27, give autumn weather cycling a try during the annual Fall Bike to Work Week.

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Try Cycle Commuting During Bike to Work Week October 21-27

October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Brother’s Creek

Old growth cedar trees along the Brothers Creek trail in West Vancouver, BC

Old Growth cedars along the Brothers Creek Trail

The hike along Brother’s Creek in West Vancouver is a great one for October. It’s not high enough to get snowy or icy and the tree cover overhead keeps you a bit drier on rainy days. This loop route climbs steeply in places, so you need a moderate fitness level. While you won’t summit a mountain or reach an epic viewpoint, there are plenty of beautiful things to see including old-growth cedars, a waterfall, fern-lined canyons, a tiny but picturesque lake, and the ruins of an army truck.

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October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Brother’s Creek

Best Vancouver Bike Rides to Enjoy the Fall Colours

Biking in past fall leaves in Vancouver's Kitislano neighbourhood

Biking near Kits Beach. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

Each autumn, Vancouver’s tree-lined streets explode into yellows, golds, and reds. Why not enjoy it by bike? There are plenty of great fall photo ops as you cruise along quiet bike paths. If the weather gets too chilly, stop for a pumpkin spice latte break.

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Best Vancouver Bike Rides to Enjoy the Fall Colours

Two Phenomenal Ways to Tour Vancouver’s Stanley Park This Fall

Flickr: Anthony Maw

The world-renowned Stanley Park, the city’s urban forest escape, is particularly lovely at this time of year with the changing leaves and crisp autumn air.

While strolling and biking on the seawall are always lovely options, if you’d rather sit back and relax while you take in the scenery and views, there are two excellent alternatives available:

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Two Phenomenal Ways to Tour Vancouver’s Stanley Park This Fall

Run your way through October at these 7 scenic Vancouver races

October races Vancouver

Photo: Vancouver Turkey Trot

With its stunning views and milder weather, Vancouver is a runner’s city all year round—particularly in autumn. And whether you’re looking to run off this year’s turkey dinner(s) and pumpkin spice lattes, or are running for a good cause or to spend quality time with friends, there’s a run for you! Dash your way through October at these Vancouver running events!

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Run your way through October at these 7 scenic Vancouver races