Easy hikes in Vancouver that take you deep into nature

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      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.

      Stephanie Hall is a freelance writer and the founder of Stylings + Stories, where she helps artists, entrepreneurs, and creative companies communicate authentically. Follow her blog for a taste of writing inspiration, marketing tips, and everything she adores about Vancouver.




      Jul 9, 2015 at 6:53pm

      ummmm if you look at the north shore you can clearly see it is where all the smoke is ????

      Guilin Fish

      Jul 10, 2015 at 9:08am

      Thanks for this article - I like the idea of easy hikes around Vancouver.


      Jul 11, 2015 at 7:43pm

      These are great suggestions! Thanks!


      Aug 10, 2015 at 9:46am

      Cypress falls is by all means my favourite trek! We take our 3 and 5 year old girls for hikes there. Another awesome addition to this list would be west Vancouver's lighthouse park... Juniper point is an awesome view and less busy then the typical area by the lighthouse.