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

Top 5 Easy Summer Hikes in Vancouver

Photo credit: Raul P | Flickr

Photo credit: Raul P | Flickr

Summer is here and the North Shore mountains are calling.

One of the privileges of living in Vancouver is that mother nature is right on your doorstep.  Old growth forests, rivers and waterfalls, and stunning mountaintop vistas are all within easy reach from downtown.

Of course, not everyone is up for an wild trek into the B.C. backcountry.  For armchair adventurers out there – who like a little nature but want to be home in time for dinner – these five hikes should fit the bill.  They all take less than three hours (roundtrip), follow well marked trails and – most importantly – reward with great views and natural features.

Lighthouse Park TrailsThis seaside park in West Vancouver includes one of the last sections of old growth forest in the Lower Mainland.  A network of easy trails winds from the parking lot to the rocky coastline, converging on a nearly century-old lighthouse.  Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the great views of downtown Vancouver across the Burrard Inlet. Details

Cypress Falls Trail: Overlooked even by seasoned Vancouver hikers, this short trail starts in the posh Caufield neighbourhood of West Vancouver.  Almost immediately, you’re greeted by an impressive set of waterfalls surrounded by Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar.  Hike a bit farther and there’s an even larger waterfall plunging into a deep canyon.  Terrain is a bit steep and might not be suitable for young children.  Details Continue reading:
Top 5 Easy Summer Hikes in Vancouver