Presenting part 4 of the hikes for every level of fitness series. The Fraser Valley has some of the best hikes that you've never heard of. It is full of secret gems. What better way to explore than to lose yourself in nature. No matter your hiking expertise, there is something for everyone.

The Fraser Valley is only around an hour from Vancouver. There's a little bit of everything - you can swim next to a waterfall, hike up to the top of the mountain, or cool off in a lake.

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Please be extremely careful, prepare accordingly, and follow trail etiquette at all times when hiking. All times and distances are round-trip. Here are 9 surreal hikes for every level of hiker in the Fraser Valley:


Photo cred – @k_hartle

Cascade Falls

This short waterfall hike can be viewed from the nice suspension bridge or right up and personal. There are other smaller waterfalls in this regional park too and swimming holes.

Distance: 0.75km

Time: 0.25 hours

Elevation Gain: 40 meters

Season: April - November

Bridal Veil Falls

This incredible waterfall hike is perfect for those who don't love hiking but love the view. More of a short walk, this trail takes you to a 60 metre cascading waterfall that creates a veil effect.

Distance: 0.8 km

Time: 0.25 hours

Elevation Gain: 50 meters

Season: May - October

Hayward Lake

Cool off in the lake after your hike. There are two trails around Hayward Lake for your choosing, the Railway Trail or the Reservoir Trail.

Distance: 17km

Time: 4 - 5 hours

Elevation Gain: minimal

Season: Year-round

Whippoorwill Point Trail

Few people explore pass the beach and resort at Harrison Hot Springs, but this less frequented, beautiful trail offers a serene, calm escape from the summer crowds. You'll reach a secret hidden beach, Sandy Cove, and get several different views of Harrison River.

Distance: 4 km

Time: 1 - 1.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 85 meters

Season: Year-round


Mount Cheam

Offering some of the best views of the Fraser Valley, Mount Cheam allows a panoramic view of Chilliwack, the Fraser River, Jones Lake, and Mount Baker.

Distance: 9.5 km

Time: 3.5 - 4.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 700 meters

Season: July - October

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Lindeman Lake

The perfect place to get away from the crowds of Cultus Lake. Lindeman Lake is located in the Chiliwack Lack area. There is a great beach spot to finish your hike but those interested can keep continuing on to Greendrop Lake by following the trail.

Distance: 3.4 km

Time: 1 - 2 hours

Elevation Gain: 300 meters

Season: May - October

Elk Mountain

Hike to the top of Elk Mountain and you'll be rewarded with one of a kind views of the Border Peaks, Chiliwack, Chiliwack River, and the Fraser Valley area. There is also a scenic viewpoint along the way that showcases Cultus Lake and the Chiliwack region.

Distance: 7 km

Time: 4 hours

Elevation Gain: 800 meters

Season: June - October

Sumas Mountain

Sumas Mountain is a rugged, natural trail that is less frequented by hikers so you'll be able to hike in peace and quiet. There is also a lake to enjoy.

Distance: 13.5 km

Time: 4.5 - 6.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 715 meters

Season: May - November


Harrison Grind

Harrison Hot Spring's own rugged version of the Grouse Grind. Get that leg workout and views of Harrison Lake below.

Distance: 7 km

Time: 5 - 7 hours

Elevation Gain: 620 meters

Season: March - November

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