7 Gorgeous Vancouver Hikes for Fall Colours

Hiking amongst larches at Frosty Mountain in Manning Provincial Park

Hiking at Frosty Mountain in Manning Provincial Park. Photo credit: HappiestOutdoors.ca

Have you heard the Albert Camus quote: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”? Despite the chilly weather, fall is a great time to hike to experience the explosion of colour that this ‘second spring’ brings. Here are seven gorgeous Vancouver area hikes for fall colours.

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7 Gorgeous Vancouver Hikes for Fall Colours

5 Vancouver Hikes You Can Get to on Public Transit

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In Vancouver, nature is all around us, so you don’t have to travel far to go for a hike. In fact, it’s so easy to go hiking that you don’t even need a car! There are lots of Vancouver hikes you can get to on public transit. Here are a few of my favourites.

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5 Vancouver Hikes You Can Get to on Public Transit

6 Places to Try Trail Running in Vancouver

A runner at the Run Ridge Run trail running race at Buntzen Lake. Photo via Coast Mountain Trail Series/Brian McCurdy Photography

Vancouverites are pretty active, and we live in a city surrounded by nature. So it shouldn’t be surprising that many combine the two by trail running. If you’ve never tried it, trail running can seem a little intimidating. Unlike smooth sidewalks, uneven trails have lots of obstacles. And in Vancouver’s mountains, the trails are often really hilly! However, your first ever trail run doesn’t have to be straight up a mountain. Here are six mellow places to try trail running in Vancouver. 

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6 Places to Try Trail Running in Vancouver

The Top 4 Places to Take Your Dog in Vancouver

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I can’t even begin to explain how much I’ve come to appreciate Vancouver since becoming a dog owner four years ago. Not only does it get me out of my house at least three times more than my pre-dog days, but it’s also helped me discover new scenic spots around town and make a ton of new buddies. Now that it’s spring, there are few reasons why you shouldn’t be out there enjoying the outdoors with your pup as much as possible. Here are some of my favourite spots where you can find me and my dog, Dutchie.

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The Top 4 Places to Take Your Dog in Vancouver

Exploring Vancouver’s Forgotten Park: Inside Pacific Spirit

Photo credit: michellerlee | Flickr

Photo credit: michellerlee | Flickr

When it comes to green space in Vancouver, 1,000-acre Stanley Park usually gets the spotlight.  Queen Elizabeth Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden play key supporting roles.

But one park that consistently manages to stay off the radar altogether is Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Located on Point Grey, on the city’s West side, Pacific Spirit consists of nearly 2,000-acres of forests and beach (including notoriously clothing-optional Wreck Beach).  It’s a massive urban nature preserve that sits right on the doorstep of the University of British Columbia, with more than 70 kilometres of walking paths, as well as bike and horse trails.

Yet because Pacific Spirit is a bit outside of downtown, and because it doesn’t necessarily boast the jaw-dropping views or manicured gardens of the city’s other big parks, it’s easily overlooked – and sometimes completely forgotten. Continue reading:
Exploring Vancouver’s Forgotten Park: Inside Pacific Spirit

Discover Pacific Spirit Regional Park at night with Night Quest

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The forest is a different place when the sun goes down. All sorts of nocturnal creatures come out from hiding and, with the lack of traffic lights and street lamps, the stars shine a bit brighter. Explorers of all ages are invited to reveal in this wondrous and dark outdoor world in Pacific Spirit Regional Park this Saturday for the annual Night Quest. Continue reading:
Discover Pacific Spirit Regional Park at night with Night Quest

Moonlit Night Hikes at Pacific Spirit Regional Park: March 19

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Perhaps because it’s situated a bit outside of downtown, Pacific Spirit Regional Park doesn’t get as much attention as some of Vancouver’s other green gems like Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park.  But that doesn’t mean Pacific Spirit can’t hold its own with the local heavyweights.

Located adjacent to the University of British Columbia, the park covers a whopping 763 hectares, making it almost twice as large as Stanley Park.  It embraces terrain ranging from rugged shoreline, including the popular Wreck Beach, to thickly forested hills, plateaus and valleys.

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Moonlit Night Hikes at Pacific Spirit Regional Park: March 19