5 unforgettable day hikes in Vancouver

1) Quarry Rock

Want to do a hike but don’t have all day? Quarry Rock in North Vancouver takes a quick 45 minutes to get to the rocky outcrop viewpoint which looks down upon the community of Deep Cove and the Indian Arm inlet. After the hike, head on over to Honey Doughnuts for a well-deserved treat.

a group of hikers on top of Quarry Rock
GoToVan (Flickr)

2505 Panorama Drive

2) Stawamus Chief

Commonly known as ‘The Chief’, this hike is a Vancouver classic. With its three peaks and mountain’s famous silhouette, the trail has some challenging but fun sections, with ladders and chains to help you along the way. The view from the top looks down on to the city of Squamish and the beautiful Howe Sound.

a woman hiking on the Chief Stawamus trail

BC-99, Britannia Beach, BC V0N 1J0

3) Garibaldi Lake

With turquoise-coloured water nestled between alpine mountains and a breathtaking glacier as the backdrop, the Garibaldi Lake hike is nothing short of breathtaking. Stop at the lake for a refreshing swim and a bite to eat or continue on to Panorama Ridge to get a view from above. Warning – the distance and elevation gain makes for a very long day.

the hike trail along the Garibaldi Lake
David Abercrombie

at: Garibaldi Provincial Park, Daisy Lake Road

4) Dog Mountain

Starting from the top of Mount Seymour, on a clear day this short hike offers breathtaking views of the city. The return trip is roughly 5 kilometres with little elevation gain making it possible to complete the trail and still enjoy the view all under two hours. However, it’s worth mentioning some sections of the path require careful stepping due to slippery tree roots.

Dog Mountain near Vancouver
Kyle Pearce

1700 Mount Seymour Road

5) Elfin Lakes

Located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Elfin Lakes are two alpine lakes surrounded by impressive mountain views. One lake is for swimming, the other for drinking water. With an elevation gain of 600 metres over 22 kilometres, while the trail is long, it is one of the easier hikes in the park. Popular with hikers, bikers and skiers, there are 35 tent pads and a large backcountry hut available for permit holders use.

a house by Elfin Lakes nearby Vancouver

at: Garibaldi Provincial Park, Diamond Head Trail Parking Lot

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