The Best Coastal Viewpoints at Lighthouse Park

Spectacular views of the Strait of Georgia combined with hiking trails that lead through beautiful west coast forests makes Lighthouse Park one of the best year-round parks to visit on the North Shore. It’s the viewpoints around the park that make this area a must to visit as the coastal scenery are some of the best in the Vancouver area.

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The Heather Trail in Manning Park, BC

The picturesque Heather Trail in Manning Provincial Park is a popular hike because of it’s incredible scenery and access to the trail is relatively easy. A partial version of the trail can be done as a day-hike or the entire trail can be done as a 2-3 day camping trip.

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Hiking Books for Southwest British Columbia

Even with a lot of hiking trail research being conducted online, it can still be useful having a hiking book or two to thumb through for inspiration. This post recommends several local Vancouver and Southwest BC day-hiking books.

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Camping Near Garibaldi Lake

Camping at Garibaldi Lake or Taylor Meadows allows you to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery while giving you additional time to explore nearby Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge. Lori Pederson from Hiking For The Scaredy Cat discusses the camping experience in Garibaldi Provincial Park and what to expect at each campsite.

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The 5 Most Challenging Hiking Trails Near Vancouver

The most difficult hiking trails near Vancouver and Whistler often have some of the best views and alpine scenery. This list covers the five most difficult hikes, including Golden Ears, Wedgemount Lake, The Lions, Panorama Ridge, and Black Tusk.

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Popular Exercise Hikes

These hiking trails are primarily for exercise and less about the scenery or view. The list includes trails near Vancouver, Squamish, Harrison Lake, and Chilliwack including the Grouse Grind, Upper Shannon Falls (Sea To Sky Gondola), The Chief, Burnaby Mountain, Teapot Hill, and more.

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Top Ten Trails for Running near Vancouver

In part 2 of his Trail Running series, Karl Woll of Outdoor Vancouver highlights some of the best trail running routes and breaks each route down by skill level as easy, intermediate, or pro.

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Waterfalls of Vancouver and Southwest British Columbia

A guide to the waterfalls near Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, the Fraser Valley and throughout Southwest British Columbia.

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A New Hiker’s Guide For The Vancouver Area

This guide will provide information for people who are new to Vancouver or looking to expand and explore beyond the city, the many hiking trails on the local mountains and in south western British Columbia.

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Google Street View and Parks Canada

Google has teamed up with Parks Canada to photograph and add trails and historic sites to their Google Maps Street View service. For some, it’s a dream to visit many of Canada’s National Parks but this can prove to be challenging in such a large country and where some of the parks are located in relatively remote areas.

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