14 Enjoyable Easy Hikes and Walks around Vancouver

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Easy Hikes near Vancouver

Sometimes you want to get outside, without gearing up for a long, arduous day on the trail. Whether you’re looking for an easy place to take the kids, walk the dog, or just stretch your legs for an hour or two, this list has you covered.



These hikes are all rated as ‘easy’. This means the hikes will have limited elevation gain, and the trails don’t offer many challenging twists and turns. Some are easier than others to be sure, but most of the hikes on this list can be completed in under two hours.

This also makes them nice after-work options during the summer months, or shoulder-season options when the mountains still have snow.

A quick word before we start. Safety is always the most important consideration when hiking. Just because we’re saying these hikes are ‘easy’ doesn’t mean you don’t need to plan and prepare for your hike. And it doesn’t mean you can leave the ten essentials at home. Always be prepared.

Now, let’s get on with the hikes!


Sea to Sky

1. Murrin Park

Murrin Park Loop

Where: Squamish

Time needed: 1-2 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on-leash

Details: Murrin Provincial Park is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, and rock climbing. You can make this a longer hike by exploring the many trails in the area, or make a quick out-and-back trip to the Quercus viewpoint (pictured above).

Link: Read more here.


2. Brandywine Falls

Brandywines Falls

Where: Whistler

Time needed: 30 minutes

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: A quick, 15 minute walk from the parking lot in Brandywine Falls Provincial Falls Park takes you to a viewing platform of the falls. It’s an iconic spot in Whistler.

Link: Read more here.


3. Nairn Falls

Nairn Falls

Where: Nairn Falls Provincial Park, Pemberton

Time needed: 1.5 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: Nairn Falls is a powerful torrent along the Green River. There are an upper and lower falls, viewable from two platforms at the end of the trail. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the falls from the parking lot at the campground.

Link: Read more here.


North Shore

4. Lighthouse Park

Howe Sound Sea Safari

Where: West Vancouver

Time needed: 2 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: Lighthouse Park is a gorgeous area of old-growth forest in West Vancouver. It home to some of the largest trees remaining on the North Shore. There are numerous trails throughout Lighthouse Park, and several points of beach access. It is a great location for a family outing on a sunny or a rainy day. From the shore, you have great views of the Salish Sea, downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park.

Link: Read more here.


5. Whyte Lake

Whyte Lake reflections

Where: West Vancouver

Time needed: 1 – 2 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on-leash

Details: Whyte Lake is a quiet hike in West Vancouver. You start by walking underneath a Highway #1 overpass, and into the scenic Nelson Canyon. The trail climbs gently through a dense forest, beside Nelson Creek, before reaching the small lake. Many go here in the summer for an evening dip.

Link: Read more here.





6. Rice Lake

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Where: North Vancouver

Time needed: 1 hour

Dogs Allowed?: No

Details: The quiet and peaceful loop around the lake takes about 1 hour at a leisurely pace and is great for family outings. The trail around the lake is stroller-friendly, with little elevation gain or loss.

The loop is good for trail running, and Rice Lake is also a popular fishing spot

Link: Read more here.


7. Lynn Canyon

Twin Falls

Where: North Vancouver

Time needed: 1 hour

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: Lynn Canyon is a popular hike year-round in North Vancouver. The trail crosses over the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. A popular route through the area follows Lynn Creek down to a vantage point of the beautiful Twin Falls.

Link: Read more here.


8. Maplewood Flats

2014 Day 231 - Long Exposure on Mini-Houses

Where: North Vancouver

Time needed: 1 hour

Dogs Allowed?: No

Details: Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver is a 311-acre conservation area managed by the Wild Bird Trust of B.C.. Maplewood Flats contains over 3 km of trails lining a beautiful and peaceful tidal marsh. It is a serene birding, nature observation, and walking area.

Link: Read more here.


Metro Vancouver

9. Buntzen Lake

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Where: Anmore

Time needed: 3 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: The Buntzen Lake area has many great trails, including the popular Diez Vistas route. However, the simple 10 km route is a nice and easy way to enjoy the lake.

Link: Read more here.


10. Pacific Spirit Park

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Where: Vancouver

Time needed: 1 – 3 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: Located near UBC, the Pacific Spirit Regional Park comprises and area of more than 750 hectares of beautiful forest. The area is popular for walking and jogging year-round. There are numerous trails throughout the park to explore, and you can choose a route to your liking.

Link: Read more here.


11. Burnaby Lake

Marshland at Burnaby Lake

Where: Burnaby

Time needed: 2 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on-leash

Details: Burnaby Lake is a scenic area, offering a flat, 10 km loop. The area is rich with countless varieties of birds, and is a great place for a walk any time of year.

Link: Read more here.


Fraser Valley

12. Golden Ears Provincial Park

Gold Creek Falls

Where: Maple Ridge

Time needed: 2 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: There are many great walking trails within Golden Ears Provincial Park. It’s popular spot for campers and day-trippers alike. The Lower Falls Trail is a popular hike which takes you to Gold Creek Falls.

Link: Read more here.


13. Kanaka Creek

Cliff Falls

Where: Maple Ridge

Time needed: 30 minutes

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: Kanaka Creek runs through a beautiful forest of Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, and moss-covered maple and Western red cedar trees. The Cliff Falls waterfall is the main attraction to the park. Swimming, picnicking, horseback riding, trail running and salmon viewing also bring many to the 400-hectare park.

Link: Read more here.


14. Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Where: Chilliwack

Time needed: 15 minutes

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: A quick walk from the parking lot off Highway 1 in Chilliwack, Bridal Veil Falls is one of the iconic waterfalls of B.C..

Link: Read more here.


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