8 Super Scenic Summer HIKES

Lifestyle and travel blogger Alicia Haque at Joffre Lakes
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As far as vistas go, BC has some of the best in the world! We’re pretty damn lucky to be able to access pristine lakes, lush trails, and breathtaking peaks so close to home.

While we’re all for venturing out into the wild, with the startling recent death of Vancouver YouTube travel influencer, Ryker Gamble, it can’t be stressed enough: be safe. Mother Nature is unpredictable and risking your life for the ‘gram is never worth it. If you’re heading out on an adventure make sure that you’re prepared. Check out this list of hiking essentials put together by the North Shore Rescue for guidance.

With that being said, the mountains are calling your name!

8 Quarry Rock

Deep Cove 
Distance| 4 km
Level | Beginner

A hike perfect for the beginner but still rewarding for the fitness enthusiast, the Quarry Rock hike is awesome because you can literally fit it in before work or a night out. Quick and dirty, and with a gorg view at the top.

Don’t forget to treat yourself to a donut from Honey’s Doughnuts afterward.  Kate Winslet approved.

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7  Grouse Grind

North Vancouver
Distance|  2.9 km
Level | Beginner to Intermediate

Hike up Mother Nature’s Stairmaster for unrivaled 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.

6 Elfin Lakes

Distance| 22km
Level | Advanced

A two-hour drive from Vancouver, Elfin lakes (two lakes) is located in Garibaldi Provincial Park. This trail does not disappoint. Enthusiastic hikers can even rent out a cabin and camp at the base! FYI, snow shoes are definitely encouraged.

5 The Chief

Distance| 4 km
Level | Intermediate

The majority of Vancouverites have hiked The Chief at some point.  At 2,297 ft above the 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

Distance| 2km
Level | Beginner

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 meters, 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.**

Who loves chasing waterfalls here? 🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♀️ Our most favourite waterfall in BC happens to be the majestic Brandywine Fall near Whistle! 😻 When you arrive to Brandywine Falls provincial park, you’ll immediately see signs directing you to the waterfall viewpoint. However, you could only see the fall from above when standing on the touristy wooden deck. Don’t get me wrong, it still looks magnificent viewing from the top but it definitely can’t beat the view standing at the bottom. Plus you can get up close with the fall and get pretty epic shots like this one ☝🏽 WARNING ⚠️ Finding your way to the trailhead could be tricky; and following the right trail that leads to the bottom of the fall could be hella challenging! You’ll have to climb through some fences. Please attempt with caution! Nonetheless it turned out to be an amazing venture with this big monster 💁🏻‍♂️💁🏻‍♀️ What’s YOUR favourite waterfall in BC or your hometown? 💦 Let us know in the comment as we would need a big fat list of waterfalls around the globe in order to fill our adventurous souls 🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏻‍♀️ ✗ #JOandGLO

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3 Eagle Bluffs

West Vancouver
Distance | 9 km
Level | Intermediate

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
Level | Intermediate

The hike with never-ending views! 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
Level | Intermediate

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.

Did we miss any? Let us know!

Grouse Mountain, Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cypress Provincial Park, West Vancouver, BC, Canada
Elfin Lakes, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC, Canada
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, Whistler, BC, Canada
Diez Vistas Trail, Anmore, BC, Canada
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