7 Vancouver Area Hikes with Suspension Bridges

People walk on an elevated bridge at the Greenheart Treewalk at the UBC Botanical Garden in Vancouver

Greenheart Treewalk, UBC Botanical Garden. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Destination Canada (CTC) / Asymetric/Jason Van Bruggen

There’s something exhilarating about standing on a narrow suspension bridge, high above the ground. It gives you a bird’s-eye view of the forest canopy and lets you peer down into the depths of canyons. Check out these seven suspension bridge hikes around Vancouver for great views.

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7 Vancouver Area Hikes with Suspension Bridges

20 Vancouver Area Beaches to Visit This Summer

Lifeguard at Third Beach in Vancouver

Lifeguard at Third Beach. Photo: Kate Milford

As the weather starts to warm up and summer approaches, it’s time to hit the beach. Vancouver has lots of sandy shores to choose from including lots on the Pacific Ocean and a few on freshwater lakes. Here’s our list of 20 Vancouver area beaches to visit this summer.

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20 Vancouver Area Beaches to Visit This Summer

May’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Diez Vistas

Vew of Sasamat Lake and Burrard Inlet from the Diez Vistas Trail

View from the first viewpoint. Photo: Taryn Eyton/HappiestOutdoors.ca

May can be a tough month for hikers. It’s nice and warm in the city, but the mountains are still covered in snow. That’s where great mid-elevation hikes like Diez Vistas come in. This trail near Buntzen Lake lets you get up high enough to enjoy some views but is low enough that you don’t have to worry about snow.

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May’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Diez Vistas

7 More Gorgeous Vancouver Hikes for Fall Colours

Fall colours along the Four Lakes Loop Trail in Squamish near Vancouver, BC

Fall colours along the Four Lakes Loop in Squamish. Photo credit: Taryn Eyton happiestoutdoors.ca

While Vancouver is a fairly green city, with lots of coniferous trees, each fall pockets of the region light up in yellow, gold, and crimson as their leaves change. Hiking is a great way to experience the changing of the seasons. Last year we published a list of seven Vancouver-area hikes where you can experience fall colours. This year we’re back with seven more fall hikes brimming with colour and the crunch of leaves underfoot.

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7 More Gorgeous Vancouver Hikes for Fall Colours

10 Vancouver-Area Hikes Perfect for Spring

Hiking the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC

Hiking the Stawamus Chief in Squamish. Photo Credit Tourism Squamish

Spring is a great time to go hiking. The waterfalls are pumping and the rain turns all the plants extra green. But with snow hanging around in the mountains, it can be tough to figure out where to go for a hike. Here are our picks for the 10 best Vancouver-area spring hikes. They are all closer to sea level so they are be snow-free in the spring. 

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10 Vancouver-Area Hikes Perfect for Spring

December’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Buntzen Lake

Buntzen Lake near Vancouver

The easy trail around Buntzen Lake is a great December hike since it sits a low elevation that avoids ice and snow. It’s close enough to the city to make a great nature getaway when the hustle and bustle of the holidays gets overwhelming. The trail weaves through a gorgeous rainforest with lots of ferns, moss, and mini-waterfalls. Hikers of all ages will also enjoy the novelty of crossing both a floating bridge and a suspension bridge on the same trail. And no matter what time of year you hike, the views from the lakeshore are spectacular.

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December’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Buntzen Lake

6 Places to Try Trail Running in Vancouver

A runner at the Run Ridge Run trail running race at Buntzen Lake. Photo via Coast Mountain Trail Series/Brian McCurdy Photography

Vancouverites are pretty active, and we live in a city surrounded by nature. So it shouldn’t be surprising that many combine the two by trail running. If you’ve never tried it, trail running can seem a little intimidating. Unlike smooth sidewalks, uneven trails have lots of obstacles. And in Vancouver’s mountains, the trails are often really hilly! However, your first ever trail run doesn’t have to be straight up a mountain. Here are six mellow places to try trail running in Vancouver. 

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6 Places to Try Trail Running in Vancouver