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Vancouver Trails - Grouse Mountain

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Deer Lake Park in BurnabyDeer Lake is a relaxing 5 kilometre walk around a cute urban lake just 30 minutes from Vancouver.  The route around the lake is good any time of year and is very popular with dog walkers in and around Burnaby.  Trails in the park lead to a kids playground, washrooms, a boat launch and picnic tables.  In the summer months Deer Lake Boat Rentals offers canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals.  Gas or electric motors are not allowed.  Deer Lake is also home to the Burnaby Art Gallery, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Village Museum and Century Gardens.  The Burnaby Art Gallery manages the City of Burnaby's permanent art collection while the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts is a multi-purpose community arts facility providing public exhibitions, performances, festivals and art classes.  The Burnaby Village Museum depicts life in the area from the 1920's.  They have reconstructed 31 full scale buildings over 10 acres, with staff in costumes of the day.  Deer Lake is located in Burnaby, just a short drive from downtown Vancouver.  Just south of the Trans Canada Highway, take the Willingdon Ave exit, then left onto Deer Lake Parkway, then right onto Royal Oak Ave, then left onto Oakmount Crescent to Deer Lake Park.

Why should you go to Deer Lake Park in Burnaby?

Deer Lake Park is a mecca for outdoor activities and cultural life in Burnaby.  Whether you want to visit and art gallery or see and outdoor concert, Deer Lake Park is the place you will find it.  Your kids will love the park for the beach, the playground, the water activities and the Burnaby Village Museum.  So much to see and always something happening, make Deer Lake Park fun for everyone.  In the summer months the park comes alive with outdoor concerts and lake activities and in the off season it is a relaxing park to go for a quiet walk around the scenic trails.  All of this just a short drive from downtown Vancouver!

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Dog Mountain - Vancouver Hiking TrailsDog Mountain is a beautiful, short and fun hike (or snowshoe trek) close to Vancouver and starting from the parking lot of Mount Seymour Resort.  Just 2.2k gets you from your car to breathtaking views of the big city below.  This area is popular all year-round and there are plenty of trails to choose from.  In the summer the trails include, Mount Elsay, a beautiful and very challenging 16k roundtrip hike to a beautiful mountain peak.  Mount Seymour, a moderately challenging 8k roundtrip to the top of Seymour and amazing panoramic views.  And Goldie Lake and Mystery Lake, which have their own comparatively easy, family friendly trails. Dog Mountain is fairly popular, so even in the depths of winter you will find the trail in the snow well packed down and easily followed.  It is also a favourite evening hike to catch the sun setting over Vancouver.  If you are new to Vancouver hiking, you will learn that anytime of the year, catching the sun setting over Vancouver from Dog Mountain is a cherished habit for many locals.  Dog Mountain is a fantastic hike for many reasons, but unexpectedly, partly because of the drive to the trailhead.  The trailhead is located at the far end of the main parking lot to Mount Seymour Ski Resort.  The beautifully winding and always scenic drive takes you from the astonishing rainforest that engulfs North Vancouver abruptly into the heights of Mount Seymour, Dog Mountain, and Suicide Bluffs beyond.  There are amazing vantage points at many bends in the road and you will certainly need to stop at least once on the journey to take in the amazing views.

Why should you hike to Dog Mountain in Mt Seymour Park?

Beautiful trail, dog friendly and great views at the end make this a locals favourite.  You can even grab a beer before or after at the rustic restaurant/cafeteria/pub at the trailhead.  Mount Seymour Provincial Park is amazing.. and the cost?  Parking - free, trails - free, snowshoeing trails in the winter - free, backcountry camping (where permitted) - free.  BC Parks are great!

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Goat Mountain at Grouse - Vancouver Hiking TrailsGoat Mountain is a beautiful mountain to hike from Grouse Mountain.  It is challenging at times but fairly relaxing overall.  It is just 4k from the Grouse Mountain Chalet and should only take 3-4 hours roundtrip from the top of the SkyRide.  If you hike/run the Grouse Grind as well then add 2.9k to the journey there and 3.5k to the return (via the BCMC trail adjacent to the Grouse Grind) to get back to your car.  From the Grouse Chalet on Grouse Mountain follow the path under the Peak Chair until you reach the trailhead and hiker check-in station.  From here you follow the marked trail to Goat Mountain.  You can either hike via Dam Mountain, or take the easier Alpine Trail.  Both are roughly the same distance, but the Alpine Trail is a bit easier.  The trail then leads to Little Goat Mountain and a fork in the trail.  Straight goes to the huge Crown Mountain ahead, and right goes to Goat Mountain just .7k away.  With the exception of the last, short climb to the summit of Goat Mountain, which is fairly steep, the trail is only moderately challenging.  For a more challenging hike, try the nearby Crown Mountain.

Why should you hike to Goat Mountain in Vancouver?

Goat Mountain is a great way to escape the crowds at Grouse Mountain.  Just a short hike takes you up into the wilderness beyond Grouse.  Nice views and only moderately challenging.

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Goldie Lake in Mount Seymour Park, VancouverThe Goldie Lake trail in Mount Seymour Provincial Park is a cute, self-guided interpretive trail that runs around this small mountain lake.  Although it is only 4 kilometres(roundtrip) for the normal loop trail, there are some side-trail variations that can lengthen and vary the route to almost 6k. Flower Lake is one of these trails and well worth the look.  Certainly one of the more family friendly hikes on in Mount Seymour Park when compared to the more rigorous hikes like the nearby Mount Seymour and Mount Elsay hikes.  If you are hoping for a swim in an alpine lake then Mystery Lake, also in Mount Seymour Park is the best bet and also family friendly at just 3 kilometres for the roundtrip hike.  Mystery Lake is much nicer for swimming as it is crystal clear and surrounded by rock outcrops ideal for lounging in the sun.

Why should you hike to Goldie Lake in Vancouver?

Goldie Lake sits in a serene little meadow just a short hike from the Mount Seymour parking lot.  Deep in the wilderness, Goldie Lake is often overlooked by other hikers and therefore less busy.

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Grouse Grind - Vancouver Hiking TrailsEveryone knows the Grouse Grind as the fantastically popular 2.9k, workout in Vancouver.  What is less known is that it is the gateway, or rather back door to some amazing hiking in the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.  Dam Mountain, Goat Mountain, Crown Mountain, Norvan Falls, Coliseum Mountain, Lynn Peak and quite a lot more lay across the horizon from the top of the Grind.  Whether you start at the base of the Grind or at the top of the SkyRide, the beautifully addictive Grouse Grind is, for many, just the beginning of the trail to so much more. Lynn Headwaters Regional Park begins several kilometres away at the Lynn Valley trailhead and beautiful trails follow Lynn Creek for 7k to Norvan Falls.  The trail then turns into Hanes Valley, connecting to Crown Mountain, Goat Mountain, Dam Mountain and finally leading to Grouse Mountain.  The trail from the Lynn Headwaters trailhead to Grouse is about 20k as it carves a giant arc through the valley.

Why should you run the Grouse Grind in Vancouver?

The Grouse Grind is legendary in Vancouver.  Local hiking clubs gauge new recruits fitness level with one question.  "What's your Grind time?"  A rite of passage in Vancouver.  If you are an avid hiker or runner in Vancouver and admit to having not done it, people look at you with a confused expression.  What a strange and wonderful place Vancouver is.

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Hollyburn MountainHollyburn Mountain, in Cypress Provincial Park, is an amazing place to snowshoe or go hiking.  The Hollyburn trailhead is an astonishingly close, 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver.  The 30 minute drive is quite something as well.  From the always beautiful crossing of the beautiful Lions Gate Bridge, to the incredible views of Vancouver from the approach drive to Cypress Mountain and the Hollyburn Mountain trailhead.  You would almost expect that there would be various fees for parking, trail use, etc.  But the Hollyburn Mountain snowshoeing and hiking trail is completely free, and also quite convenient.  You will likely be able to park withing a few metres of the hiking/snowshoeing trailhead and if you don't happen to own snowshoes, you can rent them at the trailhead for a very reasonable price.  As if it couldn't get better, it does... the trail is so well marked that it can easily be done after dark, as many do.  What a perfect escape from the city.  Hollyburn Mountain is a perfect escape to a towering mountain paradise far above Vancouver below.  The city lights are amazing.  From the lights of the Lions Gate Bridge, to the beautifully bright tankers, to the wondrously glowing Vancouver towers.

Why should you hike to Hollyburn Mountain in Cypress Park?

This hike has it all.  Great views, easy hike, convenient times to use, and of course free.  Hiking or snowshoeing Hollyburn Mountain is yet another spectacular piece of the whole amazing Vancouver experienceHollyburn Mountain is easily done in a half day trip from Vancouver as it is quite close and quite a short hike/snowshoe.  Go early for the amazing sunrise, or late in the day for the unbelievable sunset.

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Kitsilano Beaches - Vancouver Hiking TrailsThe Kitsilano beaches begin as soon as you cross the Burrard Bridge and enter the residential paradise of Kitsilano.  Though only this first beach is named Kitsilano Beach, you can walk from one beach to the next via some short and scenic residential detours.  So you can connect the beautiful Kitsilano Beach to Jericho Beach, then Locarno Beach then Spanish Bank Beach.  Walking them all will add up to about 8k (one way) of wonderfully varied beaches, parks, marinas, the enormous Kits Pool and endless vantage points to English Bay and Burrard Inlet.  This is not a hiking route but rather a fantastic beach walk anytime of the year.  With the changing weather and seasons change the wonderful feel you get walking around Vancouver.  There are plenty of places to park near all of the various parks and beaches as well as the large pay parking lot on Arbutus Street next to the beach.  Kitsilano is a wonderful place to go for a coffee or dinner and there are endless restaurants just a few blocks from the beach.

Why should you walk the Kitsilano Beaches in Vancouver?

Sometimes tranquil and sometimes teaming with people, the beaches in Kitsilano are always a wonderful place to walk.  Kitsilano has a feel about it that is both laid back and interesting.  Maybe Kitsilano's location being just outside the city centre gives it that great feeling you get from watching the busy world from a quiet corner.

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Lighthouse Park in VancouverLighthouse Park is an extraordinarily little known piece of paradise, so close to to Vancouver as to see its tall buildings, yet immersed into a dramatically beautiful coastal rainforest.  A wonderful network of hiking trails winds throughout massive Douglas-fir trees and Western Red Cedars as well as golden Arbutus trees stretching toward the ocean.  There are so many great aspects of this hike.  The first is the beautiful drive to get there.  Marine Drive spectacularly hugs the rugged and steep coast of West Vancouver.  This beautiful stretch of road is a great attraction to Lighthouse Park as it takes you along an easily overlooked, yet beautiful area of Vancouver.  Another great attraction to the park is the wonderful variation of trails.  They stretch out in several directions in the thick forest, each leading to breathtaking ocean viewpoints.  Another is the variety of wildlife.  Along with the majestic trees there are the occasional bald eagles, oystercatchers, seagulls, shore crabs, hermit crabs and starfish, among quite a lot else.  Another is the seemingly endless array of picnic tables and even better, rock outcrops at the edge of the Georgia Strait and Pacific Ocean beyond.

Why should you go to Lighthouse Park in Vancouver?

Lighthouse Park is perfectly positioned for wonderful sunsets over Vancouver.  The big city buildings and the strikingly beautiful Lions Gate Bridge dominate the view along with massive shipping tankers.  The park itself is has a beautiful array of trails leading through a wonderful forest and one ocean viewpoint after another.

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Lynn Canyon Park in VancouverLynn Canyon Park is an easy and strikingly beautiful park and yet another locals favourite.  So close to downtown Vancouver at only 30 minutes away, yet you feel as if you are in a remote forest.  There are a few different routes to take and this park is also connected to the Baden Powell Trail which adds to the hiking possibilities.  Lynn Canyon Park is its own rainforest world deep in the forest of North Van.  Part of the temperate rainforest that stretches from Alaska to Northern California.  Lynn Canyon is filled with second growth, though still impressive, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedars.  The suspension bridge is much smaller than the popular and expensive Capilano Suspension Bridge, though still impressive.. and free.  There are in fact, several trails in Lynn Canyon Park.  The Twin Falls Loop Trail is a beautiful, 30 minute trail that takes you across the suspension bridge, then Lynn Creek at Twin Falls Bridge and over two waterfalls.  The Thirty Foot Pool Trail is a quick trail across the suspension bridge to the impressive Thirty Foot Pool.  The Beaver Trail leads away from the suspension bridge and Twin Falls area of Lynn Canyon and follows the Baden Powell Trail to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

Why should you go to Lynn Canyon Park in Vancouver?

Lynn Canyon Park has one amazing thing to see after another.  Just a couple minutes into the trail you come to the beautiful suspension bridge.  Spanning the river from high above you can look down at the swirling, green water far below.  Further along the trail you come to Twin Falls, the 30 Foot Pool and Pipe Bridge.  All these sights make the park quite an adventure.  You can spend just a few minutes in the park or hours depending on how much you want to see.  The more you hike, the more you see in this beautiful rainforest park.

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