6 Grouse Grind
Distance: 2.9 km
Hike up Mother Nature’s Stairmaster for unrivalled views of North Vancouver and downtown Vancouver!
Be warned, this is one steep hike, so be sure to dress appropriately and be prepared to sweat. On average, this hike takes 1.5 hours to complete. Those in fit shape, can do it in under an hour. Second to the view, the best reward post-grind, is a nice cold glass of wine or a pint of beer at Altitudes Bistro.
5 The Chief
Distance: 4 km
The majority of Vancouverites have hiked The Chief at some point. At 2,297 ft above water, prepare to feast your eyes on a ridiculous view of Howe Sound and downtown Squamish. Although challenging, this hike is a fun one and best tackled with good company! Bring food and have a picnic at the peak, just remember to clean up after yourself!
4 Brandywine Falls
A super chill hike, in comparison to some of the other hikes on this list, Brandywine Falls is just south of Whistler and attached to the Sea-to-Sky trail. The falls measure at an impressive 70 metres, so you’ll definitely want to get a photo at the base.
We recommend adding this hike to your itinerary if you are planning a trip to Whistler or Pemberton! Bonus: It’s also dog-friendly!
**Note: Camping is not permitted in the park.**
3 Eagle Bluffs
Distance: 9 km
Beginning at Cypress Mountain, this moderate hike is extremely scenic and offers staggering views of Vancouver, as well as Howe Sound, Bowen Island, and on a clear day, Mount Baker. Trails are well-marked and this hike is just a 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.
**Take Exit #8 off Highway 1 for Cypress Bowl Road**
2 Diez Vistas
Buntzen Lake, Port Moody
Distance: 7 km
Spanish for ‘ten views’ Diez Vistas winds through Belcarra Regional Park and , you guessed it, offers hikers ten views, including a look at Sasamat Lake, Indian Arm, and Deep Cove. A tough climb with a huge reward, make sure you’re prepared with plenty of water and some fuelling snacks!
1 Joffre Lakes
Duffey Lake Rd, Mount Currie
Distance: 10 km
Browse through the #explorebc or #pnw hashtag on Instagram and you’re guaranteed to come across breathtaking photos of Joffre Lake. Located within Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, this trail leads to three, impossibly turquoise blue, glacier fed lakes and takes anywhere between 3 and 5 hours to complete.
Recommended for intermediate hikers.
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