The Top 8 Hikes Near Vancouver

By: Matt Hosford
April 26, 2015

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From the 2010 Winter Olympics, to the 2011 Stanley Cup riots, for a small city, Vancouver has gained a reputation for a number of opposing reasons. It’s also known for it’s clean air, impossibly high housing prices, its love of coffee and most importantly, its access to the outdoors.

From the snow capped mountains and glacial fed lakes to the alpine meadows and dense old growth forests, Vancouver is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. With summer now in full effect, it's a great time to take advantage of those extra daylight hours. Here are some of the best hikes near the city:

1. Panorama Ridge

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Panorama Ridge is a rite of passage for hikers in the northwest. A classic trail that defines what beauty is in British Columbia’s coastal mountains. Learn More.

2. Joffre Lakes

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Hiking through the forest and alongside glacial fed lakes, the trail ends with an epic vista of mountains, glaciers, and a vibrant turquoise lake. Learn More.

3. Mt. Brunswick

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Just north of the iconic Lions, Mt. Brunswick is the highest mountain on the North Shore. The views over Howe Sound and out toward Vancouver Island makes Mt Brunswick the epitome of Vancouver beauty. Learn More.

4. Lake Lovely Water

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Tucked away up in the Tantalus Range and across the Squamish River sits Lake Lovely Water. From paddling on a glacial fed lake, to hiking alpine trails and finding tranquility, this place has it all. Learn More.

5. Musical Bumps

Photo: Emily Hagar

This alpine trail winds over a series of undulating hills, offering heavenly alpine flowers and panoramic views. Learn More.

6. Brohm Ridge / Mt. Garibaldi

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This alpine trail traverses along the ridge to the base of Mt. Garibaldi. Alpine flowers, Mt. Garibaldi, glaciers, and spectacular views make Brohm Ridge a must do hike. Learn More.

7. Golden Ears

Photo: Emily Masse

One of the most grueling day hikes in the Vancouver area. Covering over 24 kms (15 miles), this trail is not for your average day tripper. But the panoramic views are a well worth the arduous hike. Learn More.

8. Wedgemount

Photo: Emily Hagar

Wedgemount Lake is a short, but steep ascent that places you at the foot of a small glacial lake, surrounded by towering cliffs. Learn More.


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