It will be worth every step. The best views often come after the hardest climbs. The next time you are searching for something to do, lace up your hiking boots. We've gathered up breathtaking mountain lookouts in B.C. that you need to see if you aren't scared of heights.

There is nothing like reaching the summit of a mountain, to make you realize how strong you really are. While it might seem colossal from the bottom, in no time at all, you'll be celebrating at the top with breathtaking panoramic views.

Even if you aren't a pro-hiker, you can start small with some of the easier routes like Dog Mountain. It will only take your two hours round trip and is perfect for when you want to enjoy some time in nature.

Or if you are up for the challenge, St. Marks Summit will reward you with a specular vista.

For your safety, make sure to check the status of the trail before you depart. Sometimes weather conditions or other factors might close the route you were planning on trying.

If you are seeking views that will make you feel like you are practically in the sky, check out these nine hiking trails that will leave you breathless in more ways than one.

Eagle Bluff

Price: Free

Address: Cypress Provincial Park, West Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Only 45 minutes outside of Vancouver by car, Eagle Bluffs is an eight-kilometre trek that will take you roughly four hours to complete. From the top, you'll be rewarded with a stunning view of Eagle Harbour.


West Lion

Price: Free

Address: West Lion, Greater Vancouver A, BC

Why You Need To Go: If you are up for the challenge, The Binkert Trail offers a serious workout at the 16-kilometre trek where you'll go through switchbacks uphill. However, the view from the lookout is well worth it to enjoy the panoramic view of the city.


Dog Mountain

Price: Free

Address: Dog Mountain, North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: For the best view, make sure to head to Dog Mountain Trail on a clear day. The quick and easy hike only takes two hours round trip and will give you a stunning view of Vancouver.


St. Marks Summit

Price: Free

Address: Saint Marks Summit, Greater Vancouver A, BC

Why You Need To Go: Even if you a pro-hiker this trail is doable, and will allow you to enjoy an incredible view of Howe Sound.


Brandywine Mountain

Price: Free

Address: Brandywine Mountain, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC

Why You Need To Go: Along the journey up, you'll get to see rainbow coloured wildflowers in the summer. Skip your regular day at the gym, and get an intense workout enjoying the fresh air instead. From the top, you'll be able to see Rainbow Mountain, Whistler and Mount Fee.


Stawamus Chief

Price: Free

Address: Stawamus Chief, Squamish, BC

Why You Need To Go: The Chief is one of the most popular hikes around Vancouver for a reason; there are three summits you can walk to offering unique views of Howe Sound.


Crown Mountain

Price: Free

Address: Greater Vancouver A, BC 

Why You Need To Go: If you want to give yourself a challenge, Crown Mountain won't disappoint and the view from the summit is out of this world.


High Notes Trail

Price: Free

Address: Garibaldi Provincial Park, Brackendale, BC

Why You Need To Go: Here you can enjoy a scenic stroll with your BFF where you'll get to enjoy the sparkling turquoise water of Cheakamus Lake.


Mount Gardner

Price: Free

Address: Mount Gardner, Bowen Island, BC

Why You Need To Go: Mount Gardner is the perfect day trip, as you can walk past colourful flowers that bloom along the path and enjoy views of the Sunshine Coast.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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