10 Vancouver Hikes with Epic Views

Hiking the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC

Hiking the Stawamus Chief in Squamish. Photo Credit Tourism Squamish

Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver is spoiled for spectacular scenery. Take a hike to enjoy some of the best views. You can choose from city views, ocean views or mountain views. And the trails range from easy to challenging.

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10 Vancouver Hikes with Epic Views

Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Grey skies and rainy days conspire to keep many Vancouverites cooped up indoors during the winter months.  There is a solution for cabin fever, however: Just look up.

The North Shore mountains, just across the Lions Gate Bridge from downtown, offer an outdoor playground during the winter months – and not just for skiers. Well maintained trails on Cypress, Grouse and Seymour Mountains give hikers and snowshoers a chance to stretch their legs in pristine alpine forest.

Among the best routes for beginners looking for an easy hike is the Dog Mountain Trail on Mt. Seymour, which is 5 kilometres round-trip and takes about two hours to complete.  I checked out the trail over the weekend, on a day when downtown Vancouver was blanketed in fog.

Up at the 935-metre base of Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver, however, the sun was shining bright and it was a balmy 9 degrees Celsius.   Continue reading:
Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver

Winter Hiking on Vancouver’s Mt. Seymour

Vancouver tends to get much more rain than snow during the winter.  But, as any outdoor lover can tell you, you don’t need to travel far from the city to experience a real blast of winter.

The North Shore mountains, as close as 20 minutes by car from downtown, are often meters-deep in snow throughout the winter months.  With plenty of icy lakes, frosted pines and firs and mounds of deep, fluffy snow, they offer a winter wonderland right at the city’s doorstep.

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Winter Hiking on Vancouver’s Mt. Seymour