Distance: 1 km (0.6 mile) roundtrip. Duration: 2 hours. Minimal elevation gain. Calm, quiet lake with secluded areas. Hauntingly beautiful when fog rolls in. Wildlife all around: herons, ducks, the occasional eagle.

Walk down Rice Lake Road, cross the bridge, and follow the pathway towards the park ranger buildings. Past the buildings you will find a gravel path going into the trees, which will take you towards a fence beside the trail. Continue on the path towards the lake, while the trees and moss along the way provide natural eye candy and fresh air.

When you arrive at the lake, enjoy walking around the shore where you will find lots of spots to sit and take in the view (or the wonderfully quiet atmosphere). There is a fishing dock that goes out onto the water for a different perspective, and a few spaces off the main trail to enjoy lunch away from everyone else on the trail.

If you're lucky enough to have fog roll in that day, you will be in for a visual treat. The atmosphere constantly changes as the fog dances around the lake. Enjoy!

Getting there: You can take the #228 bus route near the end of the line at Dempsey and Lynn Valley Road, where you will find a trail map across from the General Store. If you are driving, there is a gravel parking lot at the end of Lillooet Road.

Pack List

  • Water and lunch
  • Light jacket
  • Toque and gloves
  • Camera gear
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Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Winter
Features
Family Friendly
Lake
Picnic Area
Wildlife

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almost 2 years ago

Easy Hike to a Peaceful Spot

Rice Lake isn't massive and doesn't offer panoramic views but it does offer peace. It's a nice quiet spot close to the city that let's you disengage and relax. I found it incredibly rewarding to blow off some steam and gain some mental clarity hanging out around Rice Lake :)

almost 2 years ago

Great If You Live Close

Rice lake is definitely nice if you live close, but there are some great places to walk in North Vancouver, such as the Lynn Valley Loop or a section of the Baden Powell trail that offer even better views and more seclusion.

about 2 years ago

Relaxing Getaway

If you're looking for a ^relaxing get away that's not too far from home, this is the hike/walk for you. The rice lake loop trail is nestled in the trees away from all the sounds of the city. The terrain is easy to manage, and the volume of people depends on the weather. Generally, there is a fair bit of parking and so it's not too hectic. My favourite time to walk here is when it has just finished raining, and the mist is in the midst of lifting off the water!


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