Vancouver, British Columbia

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Top Chillin Spots in and near Vancouver

  • Anmore, British Columbia

    Backpack the Dilly Dally Loop

    15.5 mi / 3800 ft gain
    This hike begins near the parking lot of Buntzen Lake. The trailhead will read "Halvor Lunden Trail,” named after the man who made it. This part of the trail is well marked, however as you continue along the loop it gets less and less worn, making things more difficult, but also more natural.The ...
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  • Anmore, British Columbia

    Hike Lake Buntzen

    4.5
    Buntzen Lake is located in a beautiful recreation area just north of Port Moody. Although the lake is man-made and maintained by BC Hydro, the surrounding area is full of forests, nice beach areas, and many trails for hiking including the Buntzen Lake Trail, which loops around the lake.Beginning ...
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  • Delta, British Columbia

    Take a Sunset Ride on the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay Ferry

    4.0
    You can walk on or take your car on the ferry. Either way gets you to the same views. Make sure you sit on the right side of the boat (and it sometimes turns around once leaving the dock). Set up on the upper deck, and prepare yourself for an unbelievable show. Make sure you check out the onboard...
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  • Surrey, British Columbia

    Catch a Sunset at Crescent Beach

    5.0
    Crescent beach is a great place to end your day, by taking some sunset pictures. It often lights up the sky and really pops with colour. It is best to park at the main parking lot near the pier and start from there. The beach walk from the pier to the end is just over a kilometre, so is very shor...
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  • Surrey, British Columbia

    Hike the Elgin Heritage Park Nature Trail

    4.0
    2 mi
    Head over to this magical little park by the water. The forested area between the 2 entrances to the park has many large trees often used by eagles and hawks to survey the surrounding area for prey. The habitat functions of the marsh significantly contribute to the ecological value of the lower N...
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  • Surrey, British Columbia

    Walk the 1001 Steps Trail

    2.0
    0.3 mi
    One of Surrey's hidden gems, head down to this short trail down a set of stairs that will take you to an uninhabited beach.The zig zagged steps take you down to the Birlington Rail Lines and you can walk along a trail to an opening under the tracks. Head to the beach from here where you will like...
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  • Surrey, British Columbia

    Stroll through Redwood Park in Surrey, BC

    3.0
    1.2 mi
    Redwood Park is large beautiful forested park in South Surrey. The park is a legacy of one of Surrey's early pioneer's, David Brown, who in 1893 gave the property to his twin sons, David and Peter. The Brown twins spent much of their life traveling the world collecting the seeds and saplings of e...
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  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia

    Stroll along the Spirea Nature Trail

    3.0
    1.5 mi / 0 ft gain
    An hour outside of downtown Vancouver lies the beautiful 150,000 acre Provincial Park of Golden Ears. The park has a myriad of hikes and adventures all with varying degrees of difficulty. The Spirea Nature Trail likely clocks in as one easiest amongst the dozens within the park. However, don’t le...
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  • Squamish, British Columbia

    Boulder at the Stawamus Chief

    There's so much climbing to be done here -- sport, trad, bouldering! If you're bouldering, it is always shady and cool so bring a light jacket. Most popular season to climb here is in the summer. *If you're visiting from out of town...Need to rent a crash pad or two?There are a few outdoor stores...
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  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia

    Camp in Golden Ears Provincial Park

    11.2 mi / 3937 ft gain
    Backcountry permits are required to camp on Panorama Ridge ($5) and can be paid online.The trailhead is located at the West Canyon Parking lot. The trail starts out on a relatively flat old logging road. The trail slowly gains elevation over three kilometers taking you through thick green forest ...
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  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia

    Summit Golden Ears

    4.5
    14.9 mi / 5039.4 ft gain
    Day 1 Starting from the Golden Ears parking lot, your journey begins up a relatively small incline passing two bridges and entering the forest. Continue through the forest passing small cliffs and revealing some views of what you are going to climb the next day. Your estimated time it should take...
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  • Squamish, British Columbia

    Hike the First Peak of the Stawamus Chief

    2.5 mi / 1600 ft gain
    Just a short drive up the Sea to Sky Highway is one of my favorite hikes near Vancouver. There are two options; the hike to first peak, or the hike to second and third peak. First Peak brings you to an epic view over Sqawmish, the Sea to Sky, and the Pacific Ocean. It is a perfect hike for those ...
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  • Squamish, British Columbia

    Hike Second and Third Peak of Stawamus Chief

    4 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Just a short drive up the Sea to Sky Highway is one of my favorite hikes near Vancouver. There are two options; the hike to first peak or the hike to second and third peak. Second Peak brings you to an epic view over Sqawmish, the first peak of the Chief, the Sea to Sky Highway, and the Pacific O...
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  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia

    Hike to Lower Falls in Golden Ears Provincial Park

    5.0
    3.5 mi
    Lower Falls is found within Golden Ears Provincial Park in British Columbia. Easily accessible from the Gold Creek Parking lot, it is a relatively flat trail snaking along Gold Creek itself. It can be done as an out & back trail, or you can make it a loop by using the connector trail located ...
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  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia

    Hiking Upper Gold Creek Falls

    4.5
    Once you arrive in Golden Ears Park, follow the road to the end and look for signs to the Gold Creek Day Area. The road will turn to gravel, and after you cross a small, one-line bridge, you will reach the parking lot.After you have parked, head north past the yellow gate, marked East Canyon Trai...
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  • Sechelt, British Columbia

    Kayak the Sechelt Inlet

    The Sechelt Inlet provides the perfect place for an afternoon adventure or multi-day kayak trip. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from a number of outfitters in the Sechelt area, and many allow multi-day rentals for those keen paddlers.A great place to set off is from Porpoise Bay Provincial Park...
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