How to Hike the Trans Canada Trail in Vancouver

Sculptures at Burnaby Mountain

Sculptures at Burnaby Mountain. Photo: mehranbab/Pixabay

As a city that is immersed in nature, Vancouver has lots of great hikes. But did you know you can start in Vancouver and hike all the way across the county on the Trans Canada Trail?

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How to Hike the Trans Canada Trail in Vancouver

How to Go Mountain Biking Near Vancouver

A mountain biker hits a jump in the forest

Photo: Destination BC/Stirl and Rae Photo

In the 1980s and 90s, Vancouver mountain bikers pioneered gnarly and technical riding with tons of woodwork. These days you can ride classic jank or smooth flow in several different zones. Here’s everything you need to know about mountain biking near Vancouver.

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How to Go Mountain Biking Near Vancouver

6 Things To Do at Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area

Sculptures at Burnaby Mountain

Sculptures at Burnaby Mountain. Photo: mehranbab/Pixabay

Although it is only 366 meters tall, Burnaby Mountain has great views from its summit. Its forested slopes are protected as Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area and are home to great hiking and biking trails, outdoor art, and lots more.

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6 Things To Do at Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area

6 Vancouver Hill Climb Cycling Routes to Challenge Yourself

Cyclists on Cypress Mountain in the RBC Gran Fondo

Cyclists pass High View Lookout on Cypress Mountain. Photo: RBC Gran Fondo

Vancouverites love biking. With tons of mountain bike trails, separated bike paths, and commuter bike lanes, there’s something for everyone. But dedicated road cyclists love to challenge themselves by riding up our region’s steepest hills. If you want to test your legs, try one of these Vancouver hill climb cycling routes.

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6 Vancouver Hill Climb Cycling Routes to Challenge Yourself

7 Places to Walk a Section of The Great Trail Around Vancouver

View of the Pitt River from the Pitt River Regional Greenway

The view of the Pitt River from the Pitt River Regional Greenway. Photo: Pitt River Regional Greenway/Metro Vancouver Parks

Fully connected in 2017, The Great Trail stretches across Canada from Victoria to Newfoundland, and north to the Arctic Ocean. You may not have time to walk the enitre length, but the route passes right through Vancouver, so you can walk a section of The Great Trail close to home.

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7 Places to Walk a Section of The Great Trail Around Vancouver

10 Best Scenic Viewpoints in Vancouver

Nighttime view of downtown Vancouver from the Stanley Park Seawall

Nighttime view of downtown Vancouver from the Stanley Park Seawall. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Kazutoshi Yoshimura

Vancouver is a gorgeous city sandwiched between the mountains and the ocean. Whether you’re looking for the perfect photo or just want to soak up the beauty, there are lots of great views around town. Here are our picks for the best scenic viewpoints in Vancouver.

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10 Best Scenic Viewpoints in Vancouver

December’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Velodrome Trail

The view of Vancouver from Burnaby Mountain.

The view of Vancouver from the top of the Velodrome Trail on Burnaby Mountain. Photo: Ann Badjura on the Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

When snow blankets Vancouver’s mountains, it can be tough to find a good workout hike. Enter the Velodrome Trail. This steep path is sometimes called Burnaby’s version of the Grouse Grind. It climbs steeply up the north side of Burnaby Mountain on a gravel trail and wooden stairs. At the top, you can enjoy views of downtown Vancouver from the Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods) sculpture.

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December’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Velodrome Trail