5 Family day long weekend easy hikes and adventures that everyone can enjoy

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Image from Carrie Leslie

The weather forecast is a mixed bag for the Family Day long weekend in Vancouver, but no matter the weather – there’s always something to enjoy!

One of the easiest and most fun ways to celebrate Family Day this weekend is to gather together and spend some extra time in nature. Luckily for us, there are plenty of walking and hiking trails in Vancouver that provide endless opportunities no matter the skill level or weather forecast.

If you’re looking for a few suggestions on where to spend some time with your family or loved ones this long weekend, check out the 5 ideas listed below!

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5 Family day long weekend easy hikes and adventures that everyone can enjoy

February’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Jug Island Beach

Jug Island in Belcarra Park near Vancouver

The view of Jug Island from Jug Island Beach. Photo: HappiestOutdoors.ca

This short and easy hike in the Belcarra neighbourhood follows a peninsula before emerging at a remote beach. The trail stays in the beautiful and mossy temperate rainforest the entire way, making it a great destination for a rainy or cloudy February day. A viewpoint in the middle and the beach at the end give you a close-up look at the coastline, a rarity on Vancouver’s mountain-dominated hikes.

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February’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Jug Island Beach

January’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver

A view of the lighthouse from West Beach. Photo credit: Djordje Cicovic on the Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

Does your New Year’s resolution involve more outdoor time? Kick-off 2020 with a hike. The low elevation trail network at West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park is usually snow-free all year so it’s a great hiking destination for January. Plus the views of the ocean and downtown Vancouver are incredible.

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January’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Lighthouse Park

Best Vancouver Area Hikes for Kids

Children hiking in the forest near Vancouver, BC

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

Vancouver has so many hiking options. Introduce your little ones to the outdoors early with one of these easy hikes. They’re short, flat(ish) and have lots of things to keep young hikers occupied along the way.

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Best Vancouver Area Hikes for Kids

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

Trailblazing on Family Day – Four Family Friendly Walks

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Photo: R. Weiss

You don’t need to embark on an expedition to the Great Bear Rainforest to gain a taste for trail blazing. Vancouver’s urban forests are the perfect place for families to connect, explore, unplug and play on the Family Day long weekend. Here are four of my favourite “green” urban treks.

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Trailblazing on Family Day – Four Family Friendly Walks

Great Vancouver Hikes: Eagle Bluffs on Cypress Mountain

Photo credit: Su-Laine | Flickr

Photo credit: Su-Laine | Flickr

With the Coast Mountains in our backyard, there’s no shortage of incredible hikes in Vancouver.  The challenge for casual hikers is finding trails that reward with great views, sparkling lakes and streams and uncrowded spaces – all within a few hours time.

The Eagle Bluffs trail on Cypress Mountain meets all of those criteria . . . and more.  The three-four hour hike follows well marked trails, offers some of the most stunning views in Vancouver and even passes by a pristine mountaintop lake for a quick, refreshing dip.  Just be ready for a bit of a workout. Continue reading:
Great Vancouver Hikes: Eagle Bluffs on Cypress Mountain