There's an awe-inspiring lake just a short drive away from the city — if you've got the skills to get there. Hidden at the end of a long, scenic hike are these little-known waters clear as ice. If you make it through the seven-hour hike, you'll be treated to this beautiful secret lake near Vancouver.

Nestled near the town of Squamish, Watersprite Lake is crowned by gorgeous mountain peaks all around. However, as it lies at the end of a 17 kilometre, seven-hour long hike, it's not for the faint of heart.

If you're an intermediate-level hiker and have a day to spare, then this trek would make the perfect day trip out from busy Vancouver when you're craving a break.

The hike takes you past creeks and rocky climbs to beautiful, panoramic views of the mountains and forests. Come prepared with sturdy boots, enough provisions, and a first aid pack.

When you make the trek, you'll be treated to stunning turquoise waters that are perfect for cooling off after a long day of adventuring through the woods.

You'll need a vehicle with four-wheel-drive to make it to the trailhead and make sure to drive with caution and you can find all the details on Explore Squamish.

B.C. is famous for a ton of stunning hikes and pretty lakes, but it's not too often you see both wrapped up into one, delicious, awe-inspiring burrito.

While plenty of them are far from town, however, this trailhead is just an hour and a half's drive from Vancouver down the Sea to Sky highway.

On your way to the lake, why not make a trip over to the Sea to Sky Gondola for even more stunning views? If you've got the time, the ride is definitely worth it.

If you've got a day or two free for a quick day trip out for a hike, then this lake and trail combo is perfect for you.

Watersprite Lake

Price: Free

Address: Squamish, BC

Why You Need To Go: If you're a hiking fan, then this scenic trail to a breathtaking lake is a no-brainer.

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