British Columbia is one of the most beautiful provinces in all of Canada. The natural scenery that surrounds the province, towering snow-capped mountains, thick forests, and incredible waterfalls just a short drive away from the heart of the city make this one of the best places to live on earth. Which is why we’ve put together our favourite Vancouver hikes less than an hour away from the city.
While the weather in B.C. is tragically wet for the next couple of days, it doesn’t mean you can’t plan for an epic hike with your friends and significant other once the rain subsides next week. Climate change strikes have been hot topic of conversation, with several cities across Canada striking for better environmental legislation. In keeping with the environmentally-friendly theme, we’ve put together a list of hikes for you that are all accessible by public transport, and are less than an hour away by Vancouver using transit.
Not everyone has a car, and the best part about living in B.C. is that you can enjoy the natural splendour of this province without having a driver’s license.
These hikes will satisfy your craving for the crisp, fresh autumn air as well as some incredibly scenic shots that you can decorate your Instagram page with.
Address: 4902 Beacon Ln, West Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: The lighthouse and light station grounds at Point Atkinson are a national historic site and one of the most photographed most loved landmarks around.
Address: Thomas Street, Burnaby, BC
Why You Need To Go: Burnaby lake has some of the best sunsets in the area. You can grab a book, foldable chairs and enjoy the sunset overlooking the calm, blue lake with your S/O.
Address: Downtown Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: This huge park is surrounded by waters of Burrard Inlet and English Bay. You can either hike through the inner trails or go biking around the seawall for some spectacular views of the city's skyline.
Pacific Spirit National Park
Address: 5495 Chancellor Blvd, Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Pacific Spirit National Park at UBC has towering trees that will make you forget you're in a city.
Address: Central Burnaby, BC
Why You Need To Go: You can go boating on this peaceful lake or enjoy the walking trails that surround the lake with the prettiest views you'll find in the area.
Address: 6344 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: This scenic beach route in Pacific Spirit Regional park follows around the west side of the University of British Columbia and passes through Wreck Beach and Acadia Beach.
Address: Burnaby, BC
Why You Need To Go: Regardless of whether you're a seasoned or newbie hiker, Burnaby Mountain has trails and pathways for all abilities and some seriously dreamy views of the mountains.