October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Capilano Canyon

Looking towards the Lions from Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver

Looking towards the Lions from Cleveland Dam above Capilano Canyon. Photo: Roy Wang/Unsplash

Fall is a great time to hike in the rainforest and enjoy rushing rivers. This easy loop hike in Capilano River Regional Park visits a giant old-growth tree, takes you along the banks of a spectacular canyon, and has spectacular views of the Lions and Cleveland Dam.

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October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Capilano Canyon

September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: St. Mark’s Summit

The view from St. Mark's Summit near Vancouver

Photo: Vlad D/Unsplash

Finish out the summer hiking season with a trip to one of Vancouver’s most spectacular viewpoints. The trail to St. Mark’s Summit climbs through the forest of Cypress Provincial Park to an incredible clifftop vantage point with great views of Howe Sound.

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September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: St. Mark’s Summit

August’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Garibaldi Lake

Hikers at the boat dock on Garibaldi Lake

Hikers at the boat dock on Garibaldi Lake. Photo: Taryn Eyton/HappiestOutdoors.ca

The hike to Garibaldi Lake is a Vancouver summer classic. The long, sunny days of August are a great time to tackle this moderately difficult trail. It starts with a long climb through the forest, but the sapphire blue lake and glacier views are worth the effort.

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August’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Garibaldi Lake

July’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Mount Seymour

Mount Seymour

Photo: David Luecke/AllTrails

The hike to the summit of North Vancouver’s Mount Seymour is a summer classic. It’s a moderately challenging route through the forest and over lots of tricky rocks and roots. But the sweaty climb to get there is worth it thanks to spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains from all three peaks.

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July’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Mount Seymour

June’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Bowen Lookout

Bowen Lookout near Vancouver

The view from Bowen Lookout at sunset. Photo: Taryn Eyton/ HappiestOutdoors.ca

This year Vancouver’s North Shore mountains have a heavy snowpack, which means we will have to wait a bit longer to hike some of the trails to the higher peaks. But why not warm-up for the summer hiking season with a hike to Bowen Lookout at Cypress Provincial Park? It’s a short hike to a beautiful viewpoint. In early June there will be just a few snow patches that should disappear by the end of the month.

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June’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Bowen Lookout

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

April’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls and suspension bridge in Mission near Vancouver

Photo: Taryn Eyton/HappiestOutdoors.ca

The short and easy trail to Cascade Falls in Mission is a great hike for a spring day. The waters of Cascade Creek tumble 30 meters over a sheer cliff face into a turquoise pool. Driven by snowmelt, the falls are a spectacula torrent at this time of year. Walk across the large suspension bridge for close-up views.

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April’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Cascade Falls