The Best Running in Vancouver

Looking for the best running in Vancouver? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Vancouver. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top running spots in and near Vancouver

  • Vancouver, British Columbia

    Run the Stanley Park Seawall

    5.0
    7.5 mi
    Start at either end of Stanley Park, running directly along the pacific ocean on the seawall path. I prefer to run from Coal Harbour to south towards English Bay - a better view, and you can stop at sunset beach for a post-run drink!
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  • Vancouver, British Columbia

    Explore Wreck Beach

    4.2
    Located on UBC Vancouver campus, Wreck Beach is the only nude beach in Canada. It is a popular destination for students and the public, and is home to the best sunsets seen in Vancouver.To get to the beach, there is a descent of approximately 500 stairs, so be cautious - going down means having t...
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  • North Vancouver, British Columbia

    Hike the Lynn Canyon Loop

    4.3
    4 mi
    The Lynn Canyon Loop is a 5km trail that takes you up through the dense forest before looping back along the rushing water of the river.There are several trail systems throughout Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, that cater to every ability. Depending on what you're looking for, Lynn Canyon can prov...
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  • North Vancouver, British Columbia

    Hike to Norvan Falls

    4.3
    8.7 mi
    The trail starts in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. This is a fantastic day hike that give you just enough of a challenge but isn't too long. It's about 14km to the norvan waterfalls and back ( 7km each way) and it totally work the walk. There is very minimal gain on this hike. The first bit of th...
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  • Belcarra, British Columbia

    Hike the Springboard Trail and Explore Woodhaven Swamp

    5.9 mi / 1312.3 ft gain
    From the parking lot at Woodhaven Swamp, head down the wooden steps to the lower path and then follow the path clockwise, passing over a small boardwalk bridge at the east end of the wetland. At the west side of the swamp, look out for a smaller trail that veers off on the left and follow that as...
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  • West Vancouver, British Columbia

    Explore WhyteCliff Park, West Vancouver

    4.4
    Escape to the vanishing horizon of the Pacific Ocean, where time is measured by the rhythm of waves.Located near West Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay neighbourhood, Whytecliff Park is home to more than 200 marine animal species and is one of the first Marine Protected Areas in Canada. You're almost gua...
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  • Bowen Island, British Columbia

    Hike Mount Gardner on Bowen Island

    10.6 mi / 2358.9 ft gain
    Mount Gardner is the highest point on Bowen Island. I love visiting Bowen. It is a 20 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay but feels a world’s away from the city.  I climbed to the top of Mount Gardner a few years ago during the summer, but had yet to do it in the winter. I was excited to see wha...
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  • Surrey, British Columbia

    Hike the Elgin Heritage Park Nature Trail

    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

    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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  • Whistler, British Columbia

    Hike to Elfin Lakes, BC

    4.7
    13.7 mi / 1968.5 ft gain
    To access the trail head you will have to drive a few kilometres up a pretty beat up service road, so SUV's and 4x4 are a must but it can be done in a regular car if you take it easy. Lots of pot holes and loose rocks.The hike to Elfin Lakes might be 11km each way, but it is not very steep and is...
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  • Moran State Park, Washington

    Camp at Moran State Park

    Moran State Park is an true gem within the beautiful San Juan Islands. The park takes up a large portion of the East side of Orcas Island, the largest of all the San Juans. There are multiple campgrounds within the park along the shores of Cascade Lake and Mountain Lake. For the most relaxing exp...
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  • Nanaimo, British Columbia

    Hike to Ammonite Falls

    4.8
    3.1 mi
    The falls cascades off of a sheet of rock that is filled with Ammonite fossils, thus the name Ammonite Falls!The trailhead is very distinct and has a parking lot close to the start of the trail. From the Nanaimo Parkway (#19) head onto Jingle Pot Road. Follow that for a few kilometres and turn on...
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  • Bellingham, Washington

    South Bay Trail

    4.96 mi / 138 ft gain
    South Bay Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Bellingham, Washington.
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  • Olga, Washington

    Hike the Highlands Trail

    1.5 mi / 200 ft gain
    Obstruction Pass State Park is something of a hidden gem on Orcas Island given that its nearby neighbor, Moran State Park, gets most of the tourist attention. What this means is that you can find solitude and quiet, *and* make a visit to the only publicly owned beach on the island. There are seve...
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  • Bellingham, Washington

    Whatcom Creek Trail Loop

    4.12 mi / 427 ft gain
    Whatcom Creek Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Bellingham, Washington.
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  • Bellingham, Washington

    Teddy Bear Cove via Interurban Trail

    1.59 mi / 427 ft gain
    Teddy Bear Cove via Interurban Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Bellingham, Washington.
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