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

March’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Cypress Falls

Cypress Falls in West Vancouver

Photo: West Vancouver Parks and Recreation

West Vancouver’s Cypress Falls Park features a beautiful canyon and two spectacular waterfalls. Spring is the perfect time to hike here, as the melting snow turns the waterfalls into torrents. It’s a short and easy hike, perfect for hikers of all ages.

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March’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Cypress Falls

February’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Deas Island

Two people walk along the river in Deas Island Regional Park near Vancouver

Exploring the shoreline near the south end of Deas Island. Photo: Taryn Eyton

Did you know you can hike right over the George Massey Tunnel? The short and easy trail around Delta’s Deas Island Regional Park at the tunnel’s south end is a great hike for February. It’s right at sea-level, so it avoids the snow and is a great walk, even in wet weather. With fewer leaves on the trees, it’s also a wonderful place spot many types of birds, including eagles.

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February’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Deas Island

January’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Minnekhada Loop

Minnekhada Regional Park near Vancouver

Minnekhada Marsh. Photo: Chelaxy Designs/Unsplash

This easy loop in Coquitlam’s Minnekhada Regional Park is a great hike for January. It’s at a low elevation, so you’ll avoid snow, but it still climbs up to a great viewpoint. You’ll also walk along the edge of a marsh, which is a great place to watch for wildlife, especially birds.

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January’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Minnekhada Loop

December’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Velodrome Trail

The view of Vancouver from Burnaby Mountain.

The view of Vancouver from the top of the Velodrome Trail on Burnaby Mountain. Photo: Ann Badjura on the Inside Vancouver Flickr pool

When snow blankets Vancouver’s mountains, it can be tough to find a good workout hike. Enter the Velodrome Trail. This steep path is sometimes called Burnaby’s version of the Grouse Grind. It climbs steeply up the north side of Burnaby Mountain on a gravel trail and wooden stairs. At the top, you can enjoy views of downtown Vancouver from the Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods) sculpture.

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December’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Velodrome Trail

November’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Gold Creek Canyon Loop

View of Gold Creek from the bridge in Golden Ears Provincial Park

Gold Creek from the bridge. Photo: Taryn Eyton, HappiestOutdoors.ca

With snow blanketing the mountain tops, November is a great time for low-elevation valley bottom hikes. This loop route in Golden Ears Provincial Park is a great hike for a wet or cloudy day. It travels through lush forest along the banks of Gold Creek and passes by a beautiful waterfall.

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November’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Gold Creek Canyon Loop

October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Norvan Falls

Norvan Falls in North Vancouver

Norvan Falls in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver. Photo credit: Taryn Eyton, happiestoutdoors.ca

The hike to Norvan Falls in North Vancouver is a great choice for October. The entire trail is in the Lynn Creek Valley, making it an ideal trip for cloudy days. Your objective is 30-metre-tall Norvan Falls, which is often gushing at this time of year thanks to fall rains. While this hike is not short, it’s fairly flat so it is only moderately difficult.

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October’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Norvan Falls