14 Picture Perfect Fall Hikes around Vancouver

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End of summer hikes around Vancouver

Fall is the favourite hiking season for many. The annoying bugs are gone, the leaves are full of color, and the air is cool and crisp.



There are countless hikes around Vancouver that are suitable for hiking before the winter season comes. This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the fall hikes around Vancouver, but it’s a collection of our 14 favourites (plus a few extras).

A word to the wise before we begin. Safety is always the most important consideration when hiking. As snowfall is so unpredictable, it is possible that snow may come earlier than expected to some of the trails on this list, or they may be icy. There is much less daylight than in the summer, making your window to complete the hike smaller. Dress and prepare accordingly. MicroSpikes or Trail Crampons are a good idea to carry. Make sure to know the trail conditions before you head out, follow standard safety practices, and  always carry the Ten Essentials.

Now, let’s look at the hikes!


Sea to Sky

1. Garibaldi Lake

Panorama from Panorama Ridge

Where: Garibaldi Provincial Park

Time needed: 5 – 6 hours

Dogs Allowed?: No

Details: Garibaldi Lake is beautiful any time of year. Getting up there before the snow settles in offers a chance to see the lake without the heavy summer crowds, and get one last look at the beautiful turquoise waters before they are frozen over for the winter.

Link: Read more here.


2. Stawamus Chief

The Chief from Chief Viewing Platform

Where: Squamish

Time needed: 3 – 5 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: The Stawamus Chief is one of the busiest trails near Vancouver. For this reason, it’s a great hike to do in the spring and fall when the crowds are fewer. Even on a rainy day, this is a hike that never disappoints. 3 different peaks to climb keep things varied and interesting on return visits.

Link: Read more here.


3. Murrin Park Loop

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.


4. Crooked Falls

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Where: Squamish

Time needed: 3 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: Crooked Falls is one of the best waterfalls around. It is also off the beaten path enough to not draw huge crowds. The flow of water won’t be as large as it is during the springtime, but there’s never a bad time of year to visit this gem.

Link: Read more here.


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Metro Vancouver

5. Norvan Falls

Norvan Falls, Vancouver BC

Where: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, North Vancouver

Time needed: 5 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: The 14 km hike parallels Lynn Creek through the forest and has minimal elevation gain. Norvan Falls is a popular destination on the North Shore year-round. Lynn Headwaters is the perfect place for a rainy day hike on the North Shore, and has other trails like Lynn Loop and Twin Falls as well.

Link: Read more here.


6. Sendero Diez Vistas

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Where: Buntzen Lake, Anmore

Time needed: 6 – 7 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: The Sendero Diez Vistas Trail will take you on a challenging trek all the way around Buntzen Lake. The trail goes up and along a steep ridge on the west side of Buntzen Lake. The trail loops around the lake and follows a flat path around the lake’s east-side. In addition to the scenery of the lake, there are ten breathtaking views provided along the ridge of the trail looking overlooking the North Shore, Burrard Inlet, and the Indian Arm.

You can shorten the hike by doing an out-and-back to the lookout, rather than completing the entire loop.

Link: Read more here.





7. 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.

It is one of the easier hikes on this list, and a nice family-friendly spot for a casual walk.

Link: Read more here.


8. Gold Creek Falls

Gold Creek Falls

Where: Golden Ears Provincial Park, Maple Ridge

Time needed: 2 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: The Lower Falls Trail is a popular hike within Golden Ears Provincial Park, which takes you to Gold Creek Falls. The beautiful forest of Golden Ears makes for a pleasant walk with minimal elevation gain

Link: Read more here.


9. Jug Island

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Where: Belcarra Regional Park, Anmore

Time needed: 2 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on leash

Details: This peaceful hike takes you through a mostly flat trail to a beach, sitting at a point within the Indian Arm. The beach overlooks nearby Jug Island, and is a great hike for those wanting some fresh, ocean air.

Link: Read more here.


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Fraser Valley

10. Elk Mountain

Elk Mountain Trail

Where: Chilliwack

Time needed: 4 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: A Chilliwack favourite, this hikes provides greats views of Cultus Lake and the surrounding Fraser Valley area.

Link: Read more here.


11. Lindeman Lake

Lindeman Lake 2

Where: Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

Time needed: 2 hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: Lindeman Lake is a gorgeous, turquoise lake in Chilliwack. Popular for camping in the summer, Lindeman Lake is worth visiting anytime the trail is snow-free. It’s a long drive for a short hike, but oh-so-worth-it.

This one might be better left until late spring because snow can persist here longer than the other hikes in this list.

Link: Read more here.


12. Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls

Where: Cascade Falls Regional Park, Mission

Time needed: 30 minutes

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: A short walk from the parking lot takes you up to a suspension bridge and lookout over the scenic falls.

They don’t get much more picturesque than this.

Link: Read more here.


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Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands

13. Little Qualicum Falls

Little Qualicum Falls.

Where: Qualicum

Time needed: 1 hour

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Details: Little Qualicum Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located on central Vancouver Island. There are actually several falls that cascade down the Qualicum River which carves its way through an impressive rocky canyon.

Link: Read more here.


14. Elk Falls

Gorgeous Gorge - Elk Falls

Where: Campbell River

Time needed: 1.5 Hours

Dogs Allowed?: Yes, on-leash

Details: Elk Falls Provincial Park is a popular destination for camping, salmon fishing, and to see its incredible 25-meter (89-foot) waterfall. In 2015, an impressive suspension bridge was added to the park, just above Elk Falls. The 60-meter-long bridge makes this a really fun hike for kids.

Link: Read more here.

Honorable Mentions


Map of the hikes

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