Attention! All of your fav BC mountains are covered in snow! Lbh, no one likes that in-between season (ugh, fall) when the leaves turn brown and the ground is all slushy. It's definitely not prime hiking time. You never know if it's too hot or too cold, what do you even wear? No need to worry. It is officially winter season which means bundle up in your warmest gear because your favourite BC trails are now covered with a delicate blanket of snow, making all of your winter wonderland hiking dreams come true.
Don't wait any longer, it's the perfect time to get your hike on! Once Christmas comes closer and everyone has time off, these hiking trails will be packed with eager British Columbians. Grab your best friends and start the first weekend of December with one of these gorgeous BC hikes. It will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit!
We've covered all of BC's most beautiful hikes that will surely give you that picturesque winter wonderland feel! If you're an avid hiker then you need to complete some of these super tough but rewarding hikes and if you're new to hiking, we've also listed a ton of hikes that will make you say "that was easy peasy lemon squeezy". We've got something for everyone listed below!
Dog Mountain // Mount Seymour
Distance: 5 km
Time: 2 hours
Why you should go: This is by far my favourite winter hike. Mostly because it is a super easy trail, it's perfect for snowshoeing and the trail winds around Mount Seymour so beautifully. The trail is so serene that there are points where you can be bustling beside tons of tourists and also times where you feel like you're completely alone.
Joffre Lakes // Squamish
Distance: 10 km
Time: 4 hours
Why you should go: This stunning hike is packed with tourists during BC's summer months. We have all seen those stunning photos of Joffre Lakes in July, but have you seen these crystal clear lakes surrounded by trees covered in snow? Now that's a sight for sore eyes.
Goat Mountain // Grouse Mountain
Distance: 8 km
Time: 4 hours
Why you should go: This hike has amazing views of Mount Baker, Vancouver Island and even the mountains in Squamish! This hike is a little bit more difficult than the previous hikes, so if you're a new hiker but you've already conquered Vancouver's easiest hikes then give this one a try! The views will not disappoint.
Heather Trail // E.C. Manning Provincial Park
Distance: 44 km
Time: 1-2 days
Why you should go: Holy, this hike is long. But don't be wary, the trail is easy and you can take it slow. Many travellers hike this trail during the summer, but imagine it covered in a blanket of snow! It may be cold, but if you love to hike then I know that won't stop you from conquering this hike this winter!
Minnekhada Regional Park // Coquitlam
Distance: 10 km
Time: 2.5 hours
Why you should go: This is perfect if you're a novice hiker. If you live in Vancouver it can be really intimidating to hike huge mountains if you've never delved into that world before. Take your time on this easy trail that slowly inclines. It's also animal-friendly, so bring your pups!
Hollyburn Mountain // Cypress Mountain
Distance: 7 km
Time: 3.5 hours
Why you should go: Hollyburn Mountain is gorgeous, without a doubt. If you're looking for that winter wonderland experience, you need to hike this trail. The slopes are covered with snowy trees that make it the perfect backdrop for an #instaworthy winter hike. Oh, and you may just stumble across this super cute log house!
The Stawamus Chief // Howe Sound
Distance: 11 km
Time: 6 hours
Why you should go: Make sure to pack a lunch, snacks and a ton of water if you're hiking the Chief. This classic BC hike draws tourists from all over the province because the trail is excruciating but the views at the top are legendary. You may feel beaten up and out of breath but you will definitely feel rewarded when you get to the lookout!
Panorama Ridge // Garibaldi Provincial Park
Distance: 30 km
Time: 11 hours
Why you should go: If you're an experienced hiker, you need to complete Panorama Ridge. This hike has the best view that I've ever seen (via Instagram😉). It's definitely not for the faint-hearted, but if you have it in you, get it done! You can tell all of your friends how you reached this coveted mountain peak.