Put on your flannel and lace up your boots. No autumn is complete without going for a hike to see the multi-coloured foliage. Here are 14 hiking trails around Vancouver, B.C. that are so stunning you need to visit them this fall.

No matter what people say, you are never too old to play in the leaves. It is hard not to be enchanted by the sights when the world around us transforms from lush green to gold and ruby.

Plus, unlike many other activities on your bucket list, this one you can easily afford. There are ample hiking paths you can visit for free, so you have no excuse not to go.

If you are chasing the perfect backdrop for your photos, Deer Lake Park won't disappoint. It is a leisurely journey where every twist and turn will take you to trees more specular than the last.

You also will want to put on a sweater and head to the scenic Alexandra Bridge. It only takes minutes to complete, but it is like stepping into a natural wonderland.

Now that the days are getting cooler, it is the ideal time to spend time in nature. You won't have to worry about summer's sky-high temperatures, and you still have several weeks before the snow arrives.

Here are all the spots you will want to see:

Lighthouse Park

Price: Free

Address: 902 Beacon Ln., West Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Invite your BFF to join you in exploring the coastline paths along the forest that take you to an adorable lighthouse. As it is only 30 minutes from the downtown core, it is an ideal spot for an after-work adventure.


Cypress Provincial Park

Price: Free

Address: Cypress Provincial Park, West Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: You'll want to head here on a clear day to enjoy the stunning panoramic view. You'll see downtown Vancouver, Mount Baker, Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. Make sure to claim one of the free day-use passes needed to visit the provincial park.


Grouse Grind

Price: $15 for the ride down the mountain

Address: Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This famous 2.9-kilometre Vancouver hike will have you climbing 2,830 steps with an elevation gain of 853 metres. But it is worth all the sweat and store legs the next day. Go early in the fall before they close the trail for the season.

It isn't a race, so make sure to go at your own pace. But to give you an idea of how long it might take, the average time is 54 minutes.


Sasamat Lake

Price: Free

Address: Sasamat Lake, Port Moody, BC

Why You Need To Go: It is an easy Port Moody hike ideal if you are looking for something to do solo or with your puppy best friend. Here you can walk along the floating bridge and marvel at the natural beauty. Get there early on weekends for your hike.


Burnaby Mountain

Price: Free

Address: 800 Burnaby Mountain Pkwy., Burnaby, BC

Why You Need To Go: The forest staircase trail provides an excellent leg workout. Once you are at the top, you'll be rewarded with a secret lookout over Vancouver that will allow you to see all the trees in shades of ruby and citrine.


Buntzen Lake

Price: Free

Address: Buntzen Lake, Anmore, BC

Why You Need To Go: Make sure to come here early, as the parking lot is often full by 10 a.m. Due to the popularity of this site, they've limited the number of visitors. But, it is well worth the early wake up to see the fall foliage around the lake.


Golden Ears Provincial Park

Price: Free

Address: 24480 Fern Cres., Maple Ridge, BC

Why You Need To Go: Less than an hour from Vancouver, you can reach Golden Ears Provincial Park. Here you can walk under the lush tree canopy in every shade of yellow.

Before you go, you'll need to reserve one of the free-day use access passes to enter the park. You can even book a campsite, to make it a weekend getaway.


Maplewood Flats Conservation Area

Price: Free

Address: 2649 Dollarton Hwy., North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: There is so much to see in this park along Burrard Inlet. You'll visit a freshwater marsh, forest and grassland where more than 250 species of birds call home.


Jug Island

Price: Free

Address: 2375 Bedwell Bay Rd., Belcarra, BC

Why You Need To Go: Here you can follow a 5.5-kilometre path through the forest. In the end, you'll reach Jug Island Beach, a fantastic spot to take a break and enjoy a fall picnic next to the water.


Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park

Price: Free

Address: Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park, Yale, BC 

Why You Need To Go: The Alexandra Bridge will take you across the Fraser River, where you can enjoy a lookout of the colourful fall foliage. The beautiful architecture and natural beauty combine to make a not-too miss photo opportunity this autumn.


Elk Mountain

Price: Free

Address: Elk Mountain, Chilliwack, BC

Why You Need To Go: If you are up for the challenge, Elk Mountain is a steep climb but will reward you with stunning lookouts of the Fraser Valley. Along the way, you'll visit alpine meadows and dense forest before you find yourself high above the clouds.


Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve

Price: Free

Address: 2369 Lillooet Rd., North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: There are 100-kilometres of trails to explore, no matter your fitness level. Some include laid-back boardwalk paths that take you through the middle of a peaceful forest.


Deer Lake Park

Price: Free

Address: 5435 Sperling Ave., Burnaby, BC

Why You Need To Go: This easy route is perfect, even if you hate hiking. You can follow a quick looped boardwalk trail that will take you past a series of jewelled toned trees.


Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Price: $54.95

Address: 3735 Capilano Rd., North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: From the seven suspended footbridges and various walkways, you'll enjoy a birds-eye view of the forest.


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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