Easy hikes in Vancouver that take you deep into nature

Has all this smoke from recent B.C. wildfires got you craving nature but unwilling to waste a grueling hike on an obscured view? It’s tough to stay motivated to climb a mountain when the risk is missing a spectacular view that’s supposed to greet you at the top. Not to worry though, Greater Vancouver boasts some of B.C.’s best easy hikes that take you deep into nature. The following five hikes promise to be scenic, without all the hard work.

1. Lynn Loop

Nestled in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, Lynn Loop takes you through the Lynn Valley forest and circles back following the cool Lynn Creek waters. This easy five-kilometre round trip takes approximately one and a half hours to complete, is dog-friendly and accessible by Vancouver transit. You can even fill up on fresh spring water right from the parking lot. If you want a bit of a challenge, there are over 20 kilometres of trails, including Lynn Peak, which is sometimes compared to the Grouse Grind.

2. Cypress Falls

Cypress Falls is another easy hike that follows a creek along a wooded path. You’ll find yourself amongst a forest of old cedars and Douglas firs as the trail leads you to two beautiful waterfalls. Set aside about four hours to complete this two-kilometre hike. If you’re looking for a quicker walk, the waterfalls can be reached in under 30 minutes. 

3. Lions Bay Loop

You can start the Lions Bay Loop from the General Store and Café. The trail will take you through lush forest where you can even learn about the scenery through placards located along the first stretches of the 4.5-kilometre path. Don’t mistake the Lions Binkert Trail for the Lions Bay Loop or you’ll be seriously sore the next day. However, you can brave the 16-kilometre hike, accessed by a short drive further north, if you’re the kind of hiker who wants a steep elevation gain.

4. Whyte Lake

A popular West Vancouver destination for sunbathers and swimmers, Whyte Lake is also home to an easy six-kilometre hike. The loop can be completed in two hours taking you along Nelson Creek and through a forest of giant old growths. There’s a bit of a steep start to the trail, but overall it’s an easy and scenic trip.

5. Capilano Pacific Trail

The Capilano Pacific Trail is a longer hike, but relatively easy. Spanning 15 kilometres, the trail takes you along the Capilano River through Capilano River Regional Park where you’ll pass the fish hatchery, Cleveland Dam, and Capilano Lake. Reserve about four hours for the round trip. For a shorter hike in the same area, try the Capilano Canyon trail and don’t miss the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Source: Georgia Straight