December’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Rice Lake

Rice Lake Trail in North Vancouver

Photo: Taryn Eyton

North Vancouver’s Rice Lake in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve is a great place for an easy winter walk since it rarely has snow. The flat trail has beautiful views of the tranquil lake, which often boasts beautiful reflections.

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December’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Rice Lake

November’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Four Lakes Trail

Reflections at Fawn Lake in Squamish

Fawn Lake. Photo: Taryn Eyton

The Four Lakes Trail at Alice Lake Provincial Park in Squamish is a great hike for a November day. The big leaf maples in the park are awash in colour, the cedars and moss glow bright green after the rain, and the trail is low enough to avoid snow. Plus you’ll get to visit four pretty lakes.

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November’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Four Lakes Trail

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