Where to See Big Trees in Vancouver

Looking up into a stand of huge trees on Vancouver's North Shore.

Huge trees on Vancouver’s North Shore. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver is a pretty green city, both environmentally and literally. We have a LOT of trees. Our mild and wet climate means that Vancouver sits in the middle of the world’s largest temperate rainforest, a zone that stretches from Alaska to Northern California. Logging has removed most of Vancouver’s ancient old growth trees, but there are still lots of towering giants to be found in the area. Here are eight places to see big trees in Vancouver.

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Where to See Big Trees in Vancouver

The Lions – Hear us Roar! Hike Capilano River Regional Park, North Vancouver

Discover the Outdoors the Lions

View of the Lions Photo: Rob Weiss

The Lions.  Proud, majestic, strong. These famous peaks are iconic Vancouver landmarks and define our ever changing skyline. They serve as beacons and silently remind us of Mother Nature’s strength and beauty.  I am forever drawn to them.  A key and vital component of my morning ritual includes a check-in with The Lions.  I miss them on grey days when they disappear into the clouds.  Conversely, on bright, sunny days they fill me with positive energy and an urge to get outside and play!

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The Lions – Hear us Roar! Hike Capilano River Regional Park, North Vancouver

Vancouver Hidden Gem Alert: Capilano River Regional Park

Photo credit: janheuninck | Flickr

Photo credit: janheuninck | Flickr

It seems strange to call Capilano River Regional Park a hidden gem.  The park is just minutes from downtown in North Vancouver.  And it also happens to be right next door to one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Yet this gorgeously wild park is regularly overlooked, even by locals.  Straddling the Capilano River, it offers great hiking through old growth forest, stunning views of the river as it winds through Capilano Canyon and plenty of hidden waterholes along the way for a quick dip.  And, even on beautiful summer days, it’s rarely crowded.

I explored the park over the weekend, starting at the Cleveland Dam entrance, off of Capilano Road.   Continue reading:
Vancouver Hidden Gem Alert: Capilano River Regional Park

The Wilderness Next Door: West Vancouver’s Top Parks

Lighthouse Park

 
Just across the Lion’s Gate Bridge from downtown Vancouver is the seaside city of West Vancouver. Wedged between the glittering Pacific Ocean and the snowcapped North Shore Mountains, West Van is an oasis of waterfront boardwalks, boutiques and lavish homes.
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The Wilderness Next Door: West Vancouver’s Top Parks