Canada Day Long Weekend

June 28, 2016

Written by: Michael Chang

Warm weather appears to be in the forecast for the Canada Day long weekend, which means eager hikers will be excited to hit the trails. However, there is still snow on many of the mountains at higher elevations, particularly up in the Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park areas where trails, like the one to Black Tusk, have a LOT of snow still.

If you haven’t made plans for this long weekend, here are some ideas for getting out onto the trails.

Squamish

There are plenty of trails to hike and explore in the Squamish area, most of which are snow-free this time of year (a bit of snow is still left on the trail to Elfin Lakes). Spend time hiking up the Sea To Summit Trail, then explore the area up top, such as the Al’s Habrich Ridge Trail, before taking the Sea To Sky Gondola back down.

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The Chief has no snow on it but it will be busy this weekend, so perhaps heading out into the Squamish Valley to explore High Falls Creek. Or take it easy and walk the Four Lakes Trail before taking a dip in Alice Lake.

Day Trip To Bowen Island

A day-trip to Bowen Island from Horseshoe Bay is a fun adventure as you can explore the small community at Snug Cove. Walk to Crippen Regional Park where you can walk the trail Killarney Lake Trail. Or, for more of a challenge hike up to the top of Mount Gardner and enjoy the views of Howe Sound and the North Shore mountains.

No extra transportation is needed from the ferry terminal at Bowen Island to Mount Gardner. It’s recommended to walk onto the ferry as the least expensive option, so you will either have to park in the pay parking lot at Horseshoe Bay or take the bus to the ferry terminal.

Chilliwack

Chilliwack is full of hiking opportunities and it would be easy to spend the entire long-weekend exploring the trails. The breath taking turquoise water of Lindeman Lake is a great hike for this time of year. Or, take a slightly more challenging hike to the top of Elk Mountain to see the views of the Fraser Valley. For slightly easier routes, explore the Cultus Lake area and hike both the Seven Sisters Trail and Teapot Hill.

There is still plenty of snow on Mount Cheam and some of the other mountains at higher elevations, so best to wait to do some of these in mid-July.

Staycation and Explore the North Shore

If you’re staying close to home, there are plenty of trails to hike throughout the city, including on the North Shore. Norvan Falls from Lynn Headwaters is a great option and for those looking for a really difficult challenge, Metro Vancouver has opened the Hanes Valley route. St. Mark’s Summit near Cypress or Dog Mountain near Seymour are also great hikes to consider this weekend.

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Snow is still lingering on high elevation hikes, including Hollyburn Mountain, Mount Strachan and Mount Seymour. Be prepared to encounter patches of snow in other areas too.

Wherever you plan on hiking, be prepared, stay safe, and let someone know where you are going and expect to be back. Happy Canada Day!

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