Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows
The "twin cities" of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows offer an amazing opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, while still only being about an hour's drive east of Vancouver.
Silhouetted by the majestic peaks of the Golden Ears Mountains, the area boasts some of the best walking/hiking trails and wildlife viewing in all of British Columbia.
Here, there's plenty of room to roam with walking and hiking trails for nearly every age and ability. With its extraordinary combination of trails, parks and lakes, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows present boundless opportunities for outdoor adventure - from self-guided walking tours to challenging hiking trails through forested, wilderness areas.
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows also offer a chance to explore the famous Trans Canada Trail - the longest trail in the world, spanning an incredible 16,400 kilometres. Some 21.5 kilometres of the trail stretches through these idyllic twin cities.
Trails located in the Ridge Meadows region:
A short trail that ends at a waterfall in Golden Ears Provincial Park.
A steep, challenging trail in Golden Ears Provincial Park offering views of Alouette Lake and the surrounding area.
Located in Golden Ears Provincial Park, the Golden Ears Canyon Loop follows the East Canyon and West Canyon Trails, passing several points of interest, and is connected by a bridge crossing Gold Creek.
The Cliff Falls area of Kanaka Creek in Maple Ridge consists of a series of easy hiking trails, a picnic area, and sight seeing at the Bell-Irving Hatchery.
The trails of Kanaka Creek Regional Park offer scenic views of the Fraser River.
Mike Lake is a short trail located in Golden Ears Provincial Park.
The Pitt River Regional Greenway is part of the Trans Canada Trail and is a long trail along the dikes of the Fraser and Pitt Rivers in Pitt Meadows.
The Pitt Wildlife Management Area is perfect for nature lovers and bird watchers as well as those looking for a nice easy walk along the dikes of Pitt Lake.
Maintained by the Faculty of Foresty at UBC, the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest offers a series of hiking trails throughout the park.
Combining a canoe trip with a hike to a series of waterfalls makes Widgeon Creek a unique day experience.