Victoria Day Long Weekend Hikes

Some hiking recommendations for the Victoria Day Long Weekend in the month of May.

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Best Hikes on Pender Island

The best hiking trails on Pender Island, BC, to explore and see the incredible viewpoints, scenic rocky beaches, and parks during your visit.

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Cypress Trestle Bridge

The Cypress Trestle Bridge is located near the Cypress Parkway and is part of the Mountain Path Trail connecting several neighbourhoods in West Vancouver.

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Best Hikes for Views of Vancouver

In Vancouver, we are lucky enough to have mountains close to the heart of the city. One of the best ways to get incredible views of our hometown is to go for a hike. You can see the city from several nearby mountain summits, and from a spectacular ocean viewpoint too. Here are my picks for the best hikes for views of Vancouver.

Vancouver Viewpoint Hiking Tips

  • Most of the trails on this list are best in summer (between July and October). The rest of the year, they are too snowy for hiking.
  • Choose a sunny day for a viewpoint hike. There’s nothing worse than hiking all the way to the summit to be met with fog. Check the forecast before you go, and remember that it is often cloudier in the mountains than in the city.
  • Pack the 10 essentials and leave a trip plan on every hike. Make sure you include warm clothes. Even if it’s a sunny day, it can be much colder up in the mountains.

Eagle Bluffs

Perched high above West Vancouver, Eagle Bluffs has an incredible. You can look down to Lighthouse Park, across to UBC at Point Grey, and east along Burrard Inlet to downtown Vancouver. Looking west you’ll see Bowen Island and the waters of Howe Sound. There are two ways to hike to Eagle Bluffs: the intermediate route up and over Black Mountain from Cypress Mountain or the long and difficult Baden Powell Trail from Horseshoe Bay.

Lighthouse Park

The easy trails at Lighthouse Park visit several beautiful viewpoints. Since it is at sea level, you can hike here all year. For the best views of downtown Vancouver, head to Eagle Point from the Arbutus Trail or the East Beach Trail near the famous lighthouse. On a clear day, you might even be treated to a view of Mount Baker looming behind the city skyline.

Grouse Grind and BCMC Trail

The Grouse Grind and the BCMC Trail climb steeply and relentlessly uphill to finish at the Grouse Mountain Resort. The BCMC Trail is a bit more rugged than the Grouse Grind, but both are rated difficult. At the top, enjoy the gorgeous view of Vancouver (and a snack) from the patio at Altitude’s Bistro or the Lupin Cafe. Or hike a few minutes further up the ski resort access road to the true summit of Grouse Mountain for an even better view.

Thunderbird Ridge

If you’re already taken the gondola up to Grouse Mountain, Thunderbird Ridge is an easy hike away. The rugged (but short) trail heads up behind the ski resort to a long, gentle ridge. From a rocky bluff at the end, you’ll get a great view of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, East Vancouver, and Burnaby. You can also look down into the wilderness of the Lynn Creek Valley.

Crown Mountain

The difficult hike to the summit of Crown Mountain behind Grouse Mountain will challenge even experienced hikers with lots of ups and downs and some very steep terrain. But the view from the rocky peak is worth it. You get a 360˚ of the nearby mountains including the Lions. Gazing down to the south, you’ll spot Stanley Park and the heart of downtown Vancouver.

Lynn Peak

The intermediate hike to the top of Lynn Peak is steep, so it makes a great workout as you ascend through the forest. A rock outcropping just below the true summit has a great view. Rice Lake is just below you. Looking south you can see the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, East Vancouver, and Burnaby Mountain.

Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain

There are lots of hikes to North Shore mountains on this list, but the trail to Dog Mountain is definitely the easiest one. The flattish trail rambles through the forest before finishing at a bluff with an incredible panorama. It faces southwest so you can look down across all of Vancouver. You can even see Vancouver Island on clear days.

Mount Seymour

The rocky summit of Mount Seymour has a great view of downtown Vancouver, Burrard Inlet, and Stanley Park. It’s a great place to catch the sunrise since it faces east as well. That means you can see Coquitlam, the Port Mann Bridge, Surrey, and even Mount Baker too. It’s an intermediate trail with some tricky footing, so take your time on the ascent.

Velodrome Trail

Nicknamed the Burnaby Grind, the Velodrome Trail climbs over 500 steps up the steep north side of Burnaby Mountain. At the top, take a break at Burnaby Mountain Park to enjoy the spectacular view next to the Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods) sculptures. Gaze downhill across North Burnaby to the downtown skyline. This lower elevation hike is accessible year-round.

Sendero Diez Vistas

Diez Vistas

This intermediate trail loop high above Buntzen Lake is known its ten viewpoints. (In Spanish it’s name means “the trail of ten views”.) While some of the vistas are getting a bit overgrown, many of them are stll spectacular. The first few viewpoints look southwest across Indian Arm towards Burnaby and Vancouver. The remaining vistas provide an elevated perspective of Indian Arm.

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5 Must-Do Hikes Near Vancouver for Breathtaking Scenery

Stephen Hui features 5 Must-Do Hikes Near Vancouver for Breathtaking Scenery from his book, Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia.

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5 Backpacking Trips Near Vancouver for Incredible Views

Author of “Backpacking in Southwestern British Columbia: The Essential Guide to Overnight Hiking Trips”, Taryn Eyton provides her picks for backpacking trips near Vancouver that have incredible views.

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4K Hiking Videos

Whether to relax, watching on your treadmill during your workouts, or seeing some of the local hikes from abroad, you can now enjoy a few popular trails in 4K.

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Best Rainy Day Hikes Near Vancouver

Taryn recommends the best hikes near Vancouver on rainy days.

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The Best Hikes Near Vancouver to See Big Trees

Taryn of Happiest Outdoors discusses the 14 places you can hike to see big trees near Vancouver and experience the mild coastal climate of southwestern BC that is great at growing these huge trees.

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The Bucket List of Overnight Hikes near Vancouver

Nicole recommends a bucket list of overnight hiking trips, from camping one or two nights to much longer hikes in British Columbia.

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Best Hikes Near Ucluelet

Located along the west coast of Vancouver Island, the town of Ucluelet boasts several great hiking trails, offering scenic Pacific Ocean views and ideal storm watching.

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Seymour River Suspension Bridge

As of December 20, 2018, the new Seymour River Suspension Bridge is open and once again, the hiking and mountain biking trails on the east and west sides of the river are connected. This includes trails such as the Fisherman’s Trail and the hiking route connecting multiple trails known as Two Canyon Loop.

The approximate coordinates of the suspension bridge in North Vancouver are: 49.341853, -123.001962

There has been no crossing at this point in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve since the former Twin Bridge collapsed in 2014 after a rock slide blocked the river just down stream.

Watch the short video of the Seymour River Suspension Bridge below:

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