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Al from Van writes:

Was a beautiful walk around the lake today but it ended with a putrid chemical smell- no clue what the heck it could have been- does anyone know if there’s some type of chemical spray in the area? I’d give 5 stars and zero to whatever the heck that was so 3 to meet in the middle

    Posted: February 2, 2024 08:16:50 PM PST

    Luna B from Port Moody writes:

    The suspension bridge replacement is still not completed. The hike is just not the same. It was best when one-way traffic was in place and people could complete the loop but now, the trail on the east side of the lake is really busy, lots of off leash dogs, and just feels like a traffic jam of people. And now they are going to require parking passes. :(

      Posted: May 23, 2022 12:54:06 PM PST

      MS from Delta writes:

      Did the Buntzen Lake trail yesterday. Beautiful scenery & proved once again we are blessed to live in such a beautiful area.
      A note for inexperienced hikers or seniors like us, it was rated as “easy” but it was definitely not easy… maybe “intermediate”.
      Lots of up & down hills, lots of rocks & ungroomed paths… and was about 8.5 miles for us.
      Having said that, it was beautiful & worth the trek.

        Posted: August 30, 2021 10:17:53 AM PST

        Mick from Coquitlam writes:

        Hiked on Jan. 17, 2021. Great trail but it was busier than I expected it to be. The trail is one-way and you have to hike it in the opposite direction of this trail description. The suspension bridge has a maximum of 4 people on it at once, so there was a line up to get across it.

        Despite all the people, the majority of people were courteous. There were a few people who did not have their dogs on leashes and one dog was running around on the beach, which is unfortunate and ruins it for the majority of dog owners who had their dogs on leashes.

          Posted: January 17, 2021 02:38:27 PM PST

          Frans from Port coquitlam writes:

          Today it was 6’C and soft rain while I walked the beautiful buntzen lake trail.
          Last time was about 15 years ago.
          Absolutely wonderful, as I remembered.
          However, I was surprised to see how many people were ill prepared.
          underdressed,but fashionable.
          Footwear suitable for a nice beachday.
          The trail upgrades were excellent.
          People very respectful of the ‘new’ rules.
          Bc hydro, pls keep up the good work!

            Posted: January 10, 2021 06:24:17 PM PST

            Mel from Port Moody writes:

            So disappointing that the parks don't enforce any rules. I've seen people that refuse to obey the one way trails signs (and yes I pointed them out and explained how to get where they said they wanted to properly). If these aren't enforced, then we are likely to end up back in shut down which is so unfair to all those trying to be respectful of the rules!
            The latest was today at Buntzen, but has also happened at Sasamat (White Pine) and Rocky Point to Old Mill Road trail.
            Put some people to work and get them ticketing them!


              Posted: July 20, 2020 04:09:38 PM PST

              Ranjit from Surrey writes:

              Drove up there but a sign said the parking lot was full and the entrance was closed with a gate and there were workers there, but I saw cars exiting so I asked the workers, "Is the parking lot really full?" I was told that if one car leaves they do not let one car in because then there would be a traffic jam on the road that leads to the park, instead they wait until one-third of the parking lot is empty before they re-open the entrance gate after the parking lot is full so essentially what ends up happening is that once the parking lot is declared full and the entrance is closed in the morning then the entrance stays closed for the entire day. To make matters worse the community of Anmore, where Buntzen Lake is located, prohibits street parking so there is no place outside the parking lot where one can park a vehicle without being ticketed.

                Posted: July 18, 2020 10:05:23 PM PST

                Robert Sell from Coquitlam writes:

                While this is a beautiful place, the lazy dog owners ruin it. I can't count how many times dogs have almost tripped me up as I try to run around the lake. I end up stepping on the dog on my knee hits it as it tries to jump up on me. Once the dog fell down a steep bank as a result and I felt very bad. I feel bad for the dogs as the owners are not doing anything to train the lazy dog owners dont take any responsibility to train or control their dogs. While this is sad, what is worse is that my wife was bitten by one of these dogs yesterday. She was at north beach and the dog was off leash. If you have kids, DO NOT take them to this park. I can't imagine what the result would have been if this was a small child. While there are some signs up, there is zero enforcement so dog owners can do whatever they want which means dogs run free and do whatever they want.

                  Posted: July 6, 2020 09:28:32 AM PST

                  McBain from Burnaby writes:

                  Did the Buntzen Lake loop today. Absolutely lovely. Couple of quick comments:

                  1) Came across what appeared to be fresh bear scat on the trail on two different locations.
                  2) Some people were walking the wrong way on the trail. It's one way - please follow the signs. When arriving, follow a counter-clockwise loop around the lake.
                  3) The entrance to the park had closed off by the time we left (early afternoon), so get there early.

                    Posted: July 4, 2020 07:39:06 PM PST

                    Christie from Coquitlam writes:

                    Hi there,
                    I just wanted to reach out regarding my experience today at Bunzen Lake. I very politely asked if kids could not chase the geese around with a stick.I watched for far too long as the parents did nothing and took pictures. I work for a reputable wildlife rescue in Burnaby specializing in birds and bats. I was verbally attacked with foul language and that the kids were "just playing and mind my own F'ing business".Well, if it's not my business to protect these creatures then who's is it? I tried to express that the birds would feel threatened and attacked if the children were chasing them especially with sticks. Needless to say I left Bunzen feeling sad that I could not help either way or have a civil conversation about it. I was trying to invite them to my rescue to educate their children on wildlife and perhaps have a different perspective.
                    I was hoping that there could be some signage implemented to protect the wildlife and the geese who actually are the native residents of this park.
                    Please help make harmony with humans and nature a priority.
                    Thank you kindly,

                      Posted: June 16, 2020 04:33:36 PM PST

                      Madeleine from Vancouver writes:

                      Watch out ! We saw a bear on the trail going around the lake !
                      June 1 2020

                        Posted: June 1, 2020 06:51:05 PM PST

                        Shel from Coquitlam writes:

                        Great trail! Started our at the South beach and hiked on the east end to North beach. Our 9 and 6 year old did this with little complaining. We, however, went back along the east end trail as it was easier for the kids. If you get a chance, North beach is nice if you would like a little quieter and more beach to yourself. I enjoy dogs, however it is not an off-leash dog park so please keep your dogs contained. It clearly states this with signage but people wholeheartedly believe it is an off-leash park, it is not.

                          Posted: July 21, 2019 08:36:49 PM PST

                          Dana from Port Moody writes:

                          *Trail update 4th May* FYI access to the trail heading back south from North Beach is only partially closed. I took powerhouse road from north beach, walked about 500 metres and went back on the south trail and had no problems heading back to the parking lot.

                            Posted: May 6, 2019 07:39:10 AM PST

                            VanHiker from Vancouver writes:

                            This is an easy long hike around Buntzen lake. Started in the south beach parking area and walked south to the floating bridge on the energy trail which has many infomation panels. Then walked on the road to pump house. At this point there is two options. 1 go left on lake view trail or 2 go right on Buntzen lake trail. Both are easy trails. The lake view trail has a few hills to walk up and down which might get you into a sweat and there is a nice view point at the end of swan falls. Then you walk down the hill to rejoin the Buntzen lake trail before crossing the suspension bridge and walk back around east side of lake. The east side is super easy and scenic.

                              Posted: April 27, 2019 12:34:37 PM PST

                              Gulalai from Langley writes:

                              It’s a nice trail with beautiful scenery. I hiked this trail with my family and we all had a good time, the one thing I didn’t like is that the dogs were not on the leash as it’s clearly stated that dogs must be leashed or they can be in designated dog area. Otherwise, it was nice 3.5 hours hike, will definitely do it again.

                                Posted: April 20, 2019 09:27:19 PM PST

                                Jason M from vancouver writes:

                                Did this hike last week..
                                I must say its an excellent way to begin warming up to the hiking season..
                                9.8km loop took us 2 hours to complete the entire loop.
                                So we began from the dog beach area & I'm glad we went anti clock wise because after the suspension bridge, there is a bit of uphill section which added to the fun of this hike.
                                Luckily didn't come across any wildlife.

                                  Posted: April 1, 2019 04:21:07 PM PST

                                  michelle from richmond, bc writes:

                                  Who knew this gem was in my (near) backyard and I never went here? Love this route! Challenging but manageable, super-friendly walkers/hikers all around the hiking trails. Vast majority of dogs well-behaved and under owner control. The description with this posting is bang-on with the note of the up-and-down climbing -- wish we had read it before heading there (D'OH!) but it was still a very enjoyable hike. Will try to do this at least once every month to try the terrain in each season.

                                    Posted: January 6, 2019 01:18:09 AM PST

                                    Jenny Navarro from Surrey writes:

                                    Just an FYI that half of the Buntzen Lake Teail is closed (the west side). They detour you through the Lakeview trail which is a lot steeper and they say it adds about an hour. My mom and I did it just fine, but it’s something to be aware of as the terrain is definitely more technical.

                                      Posted: October 20, 2018 05:05:58 PM PST

                                      Myra from White Rock, B.C. writes:

                                      The 10 km. walk/hike around Buntzen is my all time favourite. I could do it everyday. Just the right amount of up hills and down, walking through lush forest, view of the lake. Do the long part first, stop at the end of the lake for a picnic lunch. I go mid week, in the morning and there is lots of parking.

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                                        Posted: July 20, 2018 02:26:44 PM PST

                                        Dave from Pitt Meadows writes:

                                        The maintenance on this trail is nearly nonexistent. It is in terrible shape and has gone downhill. They need to do some major pruning and trail leveling. Some of the trail sections are eroded with tripping hazards galore. They don’t seem to care about the state of the trail because it is so popular. But I for one won’t be back soon. And the whole close the gates when full management approach really sucks too. They obviously find managing the park experience a pain with no interest in making it a good one.

                                          Posted: July 16, 2018 06:26:07 PM PST

                                          Kevin from New West writes:

                                          @Daisy from Vancouver

                                          This is the bear's home. Not yours. Show proper caution and respect, and be prepared when entering bear territory. If anything should be done, any action taken, it should be on you for being so careless that you end up that close to a bear family. It's acting completely natural and normal, and if you can't handle that, stay the hell off of trails.

                                            Posted: July 2, 2018 08:02:05 AM PST

                                            Daisy from Vancouver writes:

                                            BEWARE OF AGRESSIVE BEARS!

                                            East side: easy, comfortable stroll next to the lake. Beautiful views. Somewhat busy path but still very enjoyable.

                                            West side: Scariest moment of my life happened here. With my toddler and husband, a black bear (cub) sneaked up on us and was only a few feet away, mamma bear not far away. We know, this is their home but nothing can prepare you for the panic that comes from seeing a bear so close to you when you are with your child. No warning signs on the Easy Side path warning us of these agressive bears only after we made it out did we see any signs.

                                            Why does a death or an attack have to happen before something is done? Isn’t it enough that these animals show signs of aggression to close down this side of the path?

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                                              Posted: July 1, 2018 11:58:22 PM PST

                                              Chako from Vancouver writes:

                                              Arrived a little bit later in the afternoon to do the trail. Lots of parking available and there's also an overflow parking lot a little further back. I started off on the east side of the trail. As some comments have already pointed out, the east side is definitely a lot easier than the west side. East side is mostly flat trail interspersed with short bridges. West side is where all the elevation kicked in - definitely felt like more than the stated 100 meters elevation at some points. Difficulty is more towards intermediate on this side. If you want to cut the hike short you can take the floating bridge along the west side. Probably took off ~2km from the round trip. That being said, the area is very beautiful and is great for picnics, beach BBQs and hiking. There are many dog off-leash areas in the park. Our canine friends are supposed to be leashed while on the trails but the majority that I passed were off-leash. I have no problem with this as long as the dogs are well behaved.

                                                Posted: June 25, 2018 04:59:06 PM PST

                                                Diana from Langley writes:

                                                Wonderful park to visit. So many options, hike, bike, swim. We took the hike up to the viewpoint overlooking Indian Arm and Buntzen Lake. Well worth the climb. But, people, please, what is with all the toilet paper along the path. Pack out what you use, or don't use it, it's not a difficult thing to do. If you must use the tissue, take a small plastic bag with you and put the tissue in the bag. Please, respect the beauty. Leave No Trace!

                                                  Posted: June 24, 2018 10:01:07 PM PST

                                                  Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                                  Not cool.....I have been there twice and in both occasions the parking lot full and the gate closed....!

                                                  Very sad to discover that both time the parking lot was not full at all.

                                                  I can not understand why they make such a beautiful spot so difficult to reach

                                                    Posted: May 28, 2018 07:36:14 AM PST

                                                    Me from Coquitlam writes:

                                                    Not cool...packed the family up and head out to enjoy the day today....parking lot full..no access!

                                                    How sad it is that the simple things that matter in life are becoming less available.

                                                    (It is really beautiful here, which is why it sucks to not enjoy when you plan on going).

                                                      Posted: May 6, 2018 07:09:44 PM PST

                                                      Kristen from Delta writes:

                                                      Went on Sat April 14, and the WC were running fine. Trail is completely clear and no mud, but a few wet spots and timber can be slippery. Lots of water in the waterfalls. East side is the prettiest if you want a shorter out and back route (5.6km)

                                                      The treat was that the DiezVista ultramarathon was on. 100km. Wow. Got to see some tremendous athletes, and they were nicely spaced out along the trail so no problems in hiking. Terrific job by all the volunteers in making it a well run event.

                                                        Posted: April 15, 2018 08:41:39 PM PST

                                                        Jennyfur from Vancouver writes:

                                                        No toilets flushing in the ladies washroom. :(

                                                        BC Hydro wasn't up on their maintenance on the Easter long weekend. Still a beautiful walk in the park, great spot to bring a dog,

                                                          Posted: April 1, 2018 07:04:07 AM PST

                                                          AnnaBanana from New west writes:

                                                          Love going to this place and it was a perfect springtime trail (did this March 27). There were plenty of people running it but we chose to walk. We aren’t super fit and we did it in under 3 hours so estimate here is generous.
                                                          A few inclinations but overall nice and steady - had a great time! Lovely waterfalls throughout the walk that were beautiful.
                                                          They have washrooms near the parking lot which was helpful and had a massive gated dog park near the entrance too. Would definitely recommend!

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                                                            Posted: March 30, 2018 02:43:01 PM PST

                                                            Monica from Langley writes:

                                                            All of these anti dog posters need to get a grip. You are knowingly hiking on a trail where you have the possibility of encountering wildlife (bears, cougars, etc) and you are afraid of dogs. Give me a break. Dogs are a very common part of our culture and should have the opportunity to run free, especially on trails. I have had way more problems with people than I ever had with any dog. Maybe we should ban slow people or little children from the trail. Seriously, chill out and enjoy being out in nature.

                                                              Posted: March 16, 2018 06:18:09 PM PST

                                                              Ms. Lou from Coquitlam writes:

                                                              Just did Buntzen Lake on Saturday to start off the season didn't expect this much snow but my trusty hiking boots did just fine. There were a few icy areas but the weather was perfect.

                                                              I have an 8 year old and a 4 year old and have determined we will tackle this one when the snow melts. I am so excited, I think they will really enjoy it.

                                                              It took us 4 hours round trip slow and steady. We stopped at the beach at the half way point for about 45 minutes for lunch and then carried on...

                                                              Nice, local hike :)

                                                                Posted: March 4, 2018 07:26:51 PM PST

                                                                Lorelei from Vancouver writes:

                                                                I did this on a Sunday, Sept 10, 2017. This is a nice hike and has a variety of terrain and flora. Bring your swim suit and go for a great swim after the hike! The water's so warm and clean.

                                                                It's easy to bring your dog (yay!) and there's a super dog off leash beach area at the east side of the beach zone.

                                                                This is closer to a 10k hike, as others have pointed out. Definitely recommend starting at the back of the parking lots and getting on the Energy Trail to the "suspension" bridge. The west of the lake is the more challenging for elevation changes, so it's a better first half of your hike as far as energy and exertion.

                                                                I had my iPhone Health app on, tracking steps/k and "floors" climbed. It said I did the equivalent of 70 floors on this hike.

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                                                                  Posted: September 10, 2017 05:33:52 PM PST

                                                                  Benny Nyström from Stockholm Sweden writes:

                                                                  I gotta say one side off the lake was an really easy hike but the other side was way harder ..well you need good hiking shoes....not that great on the signs ...

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                                                                    Posted: August 16, 2017 06:07:38 PM PST

                                                                    crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                    Hiked on 2017.08.13. It was raining in the morning, so I was surprised to see the parking lots to be about 30% full when I arrived at 9:30am. The trail was very family friendly. Views were very pleasant. I hiked counterclockwise, and the West portion (after the North beach suspension bridge) was definitely more interesting (East portion was like a walk around the park). It took me 2.5 hrs to finish in a relaxing pace.

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                                                                      Posted: August 14, 2017 05:48:44 PM PST

                                                                      Julie from Burnaby writes:

                                                                      Great walk. I clocked 10km around the lake and took 1hr and 45 minutes; although I am sure it would take longer for those many folks walking the trail in flip-flops. Definitely more up/down than I expected. Did the trail counter-clockwise and the east side of the lake was way busier than the west side.

                                                                        Posted: August 13, 2017 03:23:12 AM PST

                                                                        Louis from Montreal writes:

                                                                        My family and I hiked around the lake today, Thersday July 27th, 2017. Parking was not an issue as we arrived fairly early on a week day, around 10:00AM. We were really impressed how the park was well kept, and the trail well maintained. Thanks to BC Hydro for investing in newly built wood bridges. The leach/no leach debate didn't come to my mind as I was so busy staring at the magnificent trees and georgeous vegetation. The scenery is just magnificent! Be aware of not letting your backpacks unattended on a picnic table as a raven stole our only two granola bars. All hikers we met were very friendly.

                                                                          Posted: July 27, 2017 09:44:22 PM PST

                                                                          Marina from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                          Great lake, great hike. However, it is way longer than 8K. Somewhat between 10-11K. Did it running today, my app (Strava) gave me 11.1K starting from the beach, looping around, and back to where I began. Other sites say 10K, but definitely not 8K as stated here.

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                                                                            Posted: July 16, 2017 10:31:23 PM PST

                                                                            John from Vancouver writes:

                                                                            I've done the loop around the lake once & half the lake twice, going counterclockwise. South beach to north beach is not bad, a few ups & downs. Nice spot to eat lunch or snack at north beach. Nice suspension bridge there. Return on the east side for easy route. West side of lake is a bit tougher, moderate rating. Sorry, no road acces to north beach, road is for service vehicles only. Only way to go is to hike there or rent a canoe from Anmore Grocery Store & paddle to North beach.

                                                                              Posted: July 6, 2017 07:28:49 PM PST

                                                                              JP from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                              Awesome hike! We completed it in 2 hours and 22 minutes (including water, snack, and picture breaks). We went at a moderately fast paced and are both reasonably fit.

                                                                                Posted: July 1, 2017 11:05:33 AM PST

                                                                                Andrew Tan from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                A newbie here, and also have a newbie question, is there a way to go to North beach using car and park around there to go to the docks?



                                                                                  Posted: June 13, 2017 10:00:54 AM PST

                                                                                  Solo female hiker from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                  Hiked this trail today Jun 11/17 alone as a young solo female hiker. Just wanted to post a couple of warnings about 2 things:

                                                                                  #1 - I came across a black bear while hiking alone on the gravel trail back to the floating bridge, and I tried to scare it away as I've read that you are supposed to do, by clapping, yelling, waving my arms, and using my bear bell. The bear did not seem to be afraid and would not leave. Thankfully another group of people were close behind and we managed as a group to make a lot of noise. The bear kept walking toward us but eventually went back into the forest. The bear did not seem to have fear of humans or noise. There was no aggression displayed but just to be aware - carrying bear bell and maybe bear spray would be advisable for this hike.

                                                                                  #2 - I found myself alone today on the dock at the north beach and was enjoying dipping my feet in the water. When I turned to leave, I noticed a man that I had seen riding his bike on the bridge earlier on the way to the beach. The man kept riding his bike around the area, back and forth from the bridge to the beach, and repeatedly staring at me, which I found odd. His bike did not seem to be a mountain bike, and he was not carrying any hiking gear. He did not seem to want to leave. I felt creeped out and uneasy with his presence and didn't feel safe going back into the woods while he was around. I decided to wait it out, figuring maybe eventually he would go somewhere, but he would not leave. Eventually, after about 20-30 min, another group of hikers came through the beach and I left with them, at which point the man finally left. If you are a female hiking alone, just be aware of your surroundings and once again, maybe carry equipment for safety. Perhaps I was just being paranoid, but his behaviour was odd, and I think it's better to be safe.

                                                                                  I would re-think doing this hike alone, probably better to go with a group if possible. It was not super busy today though possibly due to being overcast so others may have had different experiences on days where it was more populated.

                                                                                  Aside from that, the hike itself was great, though actually a lot longer and more tiring than I expected. Beautiful views of the lake, and the beaches seem really nice for swimming and dipping into the water.

                                                                                    Posted: June 11, 2017 10:58:16 PM PST

                                                                                    hopper from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                    I was running around Bunzten yesterday and noticed many dogs on the trail. Not one of them was on a leash, but all the humans with the dogs had the dogs under control. Except one. He was running with his dog and the dog ran up and jumped on me while I was also running. I was surprised and annoyed as this beasty rubbed his wet nose on my leg. Gross. Here's the thing, dogs on the trail are supposed to be on a leash. I don't think most people using the trails don't really care if well behaved animals are off a leash. If you don't have 100% control of your animal, you're going to ruin it for responsible humans that do.

                                                                                      Posted: June 10, 2017 11:36:25 AM PST

                                                                                      Anna from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                      Beautiful area to hike, we passed about 10 dog walkers, and only two of them on leash. Two rotties came running pellmell down the trail and through the bush and no owner in site, one doberman pinscher, no owner in site, and several other large dogs running down the trail with owners definitely not within seeing or hearing distance. Not to mention the fresh dog feces on the trail. We spoke with a couple of those owners. It is unfortunate for considerate dog owners that are respectful of everyone using the park and who manage to keep their dogs with them and/or on leash and clean up after their pets. If you see irresponsible dog owners letting their dogs run free and out of sight and definitely not under control, please speak up with them, because those selfish owners who feel the park requirements don't apply to them or their dogs will eventually ruin it for all responsible dog owners.

                                                                                        Posted: February 1, 2017 03:18:30 PM PST

                                                                                        Nathan Peters from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                        This was a beautiful hike around a nice lake. Although it is rated as easy, because of the length one of my friends who was not in great shape was complaining about some of the small hills on the way back. I didn't have any issues though.

                                                                                          Posted: September 5, 2016 11:48:17 AM PST

                                                                                          Isabel Neves from Richmond writes:

                                                                                          Hike this trail last Thursday. On the West side of the lake through the winding forest path be aware of a WASPS' nest right on the left edged of the path going toward the North beach. I barely noticed it next to my left foot and in a split second got stung as I tried to run away from it. It snicks up on you so be very vigilant !!

                                                                                            Posted: September 2, 2016 06:09:57 AM PST

                                                                                            Michelle from Langley writes:

                                                                                            Great hike with a great views the whole time, the walk is not boring at all as you see many different things, half way around the lake there's a picnic area and a short bridge. Hike only took 2h 25min, fairly easy with a few challenging up hills. Great for children and also dogs (on leash).

                                                                                              Posted: August 15, 2016 08:42:02 PM PST

                                                                                              Hunter from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                              My favourite hike so far in the lower mainland. Beautiful sights and sounds. Took us 3 hrs and 5 minutes to finish and we had our 3 little dogs and a doggie stroller. The last 1/3 of the hike (towards north beach) was the hardest to maneuver the stroller because of some steep sections. The off leash area is awesome! I was quite impressed, there is a wash and "parking" station nearby. Overall very clean and will recommend to everybody. I will not come back with the stroller.

                                                                                                Posted: July 5, 2016 05:15:02 PM PST

                                                                                                Gordon from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                I'm the owner of a very well behaved dog and enjoy having him off leash when we can. He has never ever been aggressive with anyone, even when provoked by other aggressive dogs. But there is a reason for the leash laws. Even if only 5% of dogs are a possible danger to other dogs or humans, there has to be an absolute law. Most people think that there dog is well behaved until it isn't. One has to err on the side of caution.
                                                                                                I've been on trails where even friendly dogs have accidentally bumped into me in awkward places on trails and almost knocked me or my children over. If you think the leash is dangerous to the dog, not having them on leash can be, ultimately, be more dangerous. The trails are for humans first (yes, even the ignorant ones) Its just the way it is. If only one person or dog gets hurt, its one too many.

                                                                                                  Posted: April 10, 2016 11:41:18 PM PST

                                                                                                  Christina from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                  Did this hike on Sat Jan 2 2016 and it was very nice and trails are well maintained. Its quite chilly and there was some nice fog over the lake. Pretty easy hike in all

                                                                                                    Posted: January 5, 2016 01:13:49 AM PST

                                                                                                    Tam from NewWest writes:

                                                                                                    A friend and I most recently completed this loop yesterday (Nov8) and even after the recent heavy rains the trails are in good shape.
                                                                                                    We had a best time of 2:15 for the loop (usually 2:30, not including 15+ min lunch at the north beach). Our GPS (RunKeeper app) clocks the distance at 10.75km from the parking lot & back. It's a beautiful hike, even beginner's can manage it with

                                                                                                      Posted: November 9, 2015 01:52:42 PM PST

                                                                                                      Becky from vancouvet writes:

                                                                                                      If it says on leash, keep your dog's on leash. Outside areas aren't just for "good" dogs. Lots of us are working extremely hard with rescue dogs that have been traumatized by one thing or another. If an area is off leash, we will avoid. If it says on leash we expect other dog guardians to respect that and the fact that dogs come in a range of temperaments just like people. Stop being selfish and follow the rules! It's no just about you and your dog!!

                                                                                                        Posted: September 28, 2015 09:18:04 AM PST

                                                                                                        Char from Saskatoon, SK writes:

                                                                                                        I've done this hike a number of times and it's beautiful all the way around. There are a couple of challenging (uphill) sections on the west side of the lake but the east is super easy. On a warm day it's really nice to be able to jump into the lake to cool off. Dogs are very welcome. Do arrive early because the parking lot fills up FAST.

                                                                                                          Posted: September 9, 2015 04:51:11 PM PST

                                                                                                          Chris from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                          Only did part of this trail as I was alone and not fully prepared and got a late start. It was a lot cooler today than it has been, and a little rainy and that made it all the more enjoyable. Appreciated the clean and good number of bathroom facilities and the well kept trails. Looking forward to returning to do the whole thing and more.

                                                                                                            Posted: July 11, 2015 06:57:51 PM PST

                                                                                                            Sarah from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                            My boyfriend, dog and I did the 8 km hike around the lake this past weekend and had a wonderful time. It is a beautiful area with unbeatable scenery and we will surely be back in the very near future. We are lucky to have such an incredible place so close by. A couple things that I wanted to share though. About 2/3 of the way around the lake we came across one of the biggest black bears I have ever seen in my life, grazing on some black berries along the side of the trail. We became acutely aware of a few things at the moment. One was that we were SO thankful to have our friendly pooch on leash as that prohibited him from approaching/checking out the bear and we were easily able to pull him away. Two being that we both had bear-spray on us and we knew exactly where it was should the bear feel threatened and charge us. And three, holy smokes even though this is fairly busy trail, it is indeed part of the wilderness and that can not be forgotten as these animals were here long before any of us. We were able to slowly back away from the bear and walk the opposite direction on the trail until we met up with a large group of hikers. We took off again as a large pack (12 - 15 of us now) and made plenty of noise to alert the bear we were coming. By the time we got to where it had previously been there was no longer any sign of it as it must have taken off up the hill away from the trail. We asked if others in this group had any bear spray - not a single person did.

                                                                                                            I tell this story to applaud whoever made the on-leash rule mandatory as it became so clear to me that this rule is truly for the safety of EVERYONE on the trail. No matter how friendly or unfriendly your dog is, it truly doesn't matter. A curious dog is a curious dog and that can be life threatening in a situation like this. And I also hope to remind people that you are in the wilderness. Hike in a group or at least with one other person, make lots of noise, and for goodness sake bring your bear spray! Chances are you won't have to use it, but at least you are prepared. Hopefully this does not deter anyone from hiking in this amazing oasis, but instead inspire safety awareness.

                                                                                                            Happy trails to you! See you out there :-)

                                                                                                              Posted: June 23, 2015 02:31:15 PM PST

                                                                                                              John Soanes from Langley writes:

                                                                                                              If uncrowded and a little more challenging is your thing the Lakeview Trail is a good option. The park was very busy (Saturday) but hikers were few and far between as compared to the traffic jam on the Buntzen Lake Trail running below us.

                                                                                                              Our 13.4 KM route took us around McCombe Lake via the Old Buntzen Lake Trail and the Service Road. We started along the Swan Falls Trail, but decided a short turn was in order given the 27°C (80°F) We rejoined the Lakeview trail after lunch on the North Beach.

                                                                                                                Posted: June 15, 2015 12:17:31 AM PST

                                                                                                                Holly from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                I just wanted to share my thoughts on the dog off leash subject. Since moving to PoMo close to 20 years ago I have gone up to Buntzen almost every day...sometimes twice, to hike, walk and swim with my dogs. I can appreciate that some people are afraid of dogs; some dogs are afraid of dogs and we dog owners need to be responsible pet parents to ensure our canine friends are not pests.

                                                                                                                I had a dog for 12 plus years that had fear agression toward other dogs following an injury. So I kept her on lead when on the trails and found hidden coves where she could swim without issue. I used to curse those with off leash dogs smiling as they told me their dog was friendly and then yelling when my dog snarked at them. Thankfully as she aged her fear lessened as unfortunately did her mobility; so the walk was short from the parking lot to the boat launch area to allow her daily swim. Staff were awesome as they never complained when we had to cut through the edge of the picnic area as she needed to rest on the way to the water. They just smiled and waived even though dogs are forbidden in that area. They saw the old girl in her pick me up harness (off leash) as did many patrons of the park...all just commented that she was lucky to have me as her mom.

                                                                                                                When the old girl passed on it took me little time to know I needed another in my life. She too is being raised at Buntzen Lake. Thankfully she is very friendly...as she is a very big girl and could be a terror if not properly trained. In her first three years we have delighted in hiking and swimming up at the lake..many times off leash as we are training for search and rescue...but she is always made to behave whenever anyone else came along. Most cloudy or rainy days we see no one else...other than the few diehard regular dog owners and there is no issue. Summer time presents an issue as more and more people flock to the park to enjoy the trails and the water. Problems inevitably erupt when dog vs non dog people encounter each other.

                                                                                                                I too was taken aback by the recent signs posted about fines and being removed if found with an off leash dog. My first reaction was selfish...with a sense of some sort of entitlement I felt I had more rights than the others. How dare they ruin time at the park by causing me the inconvenience of having to leash my dog. I soon realized the folly in those thoughts. We have the privilege of accessing this park. It is BC Hydro that maintains it and allows us to enjoy this little piece of heaven. I am sure the staff is inundated with silly complaints from both the pro as well as the con dog people. So is there a solution that can make us all happy?

                                                                                                                I agree that a trail of less than 1 k is not sufficient for a big dog to get exercise. Would they allow us to have more trails and would we, like the mountain bikers and hikers also be willing to help maintain it. I know I would. I don't like the craziness of the lake edge dog park in the summer as it is more likely to result in dog issues when the dogs have no opportunity to burn off their excess energy on the trails before they enter. So wouldnt it be great to have more trails where we could enjoy our pups running free and getting the exercise they need...but in an environment where those that are not comfortable with off leash dogs can avoid?

                                                                                                                Well time to head up to the lake...hope I don't get a fine!

                                                                                                                  Posted: May 12, 2015 04:09:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                  Doug from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                  I would just like to say something regarding the dog leash debate. My wife and I have a rescue dog from a high-kill California shelter. For some reason he goes after other animals, dogs or otherwise, whether he is on or off leash. He is cute and so gentle with people that you would never expect this behaviour, but it happens every time. We paid a fortune and worked with trainers to change his behaviour, but to no avail. The trainers believe it is a fear response. In any case, he is always leashed and I often pick him up to avoid a confrontation. The only time we have a problem is when another dog is running loose and surprises us before I can pick up my dog. Then the fight is on! We have no choice but to leash our dog, although I would really love to let him run free sometimes. Why is it too much to ask for others to leash their dogs too? Especially when it's the law! Why can't you run with your dog on a leash? They sell all kinds of special leashes for that purpose. Yet people on this page are branding others as the problem. If all dogs are leashed when and where they are supposed to be, the problem is solved. Simple as that. Quit being so selfish!

                                                                                                                    Posted: May 2, 2015 10:54:07 AM PST

                                                                                                                    Michelle from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                    I've hiked this trail a good 50 times in the last few years; the lake is gorgeous and there are so many scenic spots along the trail. Up until a few weeks ago I would've given a 5 star rating and raved about everything. I love hiking with my small well behaved dog. She's shy and will actively avoid strangers and other dogs. She doesn't approach anyone and definitely goes out of her way to avoid contact and conflict. Dogs get much more exercise off leash, not to mention feel free and exhilarated! As many have suggested, please give us something bigger than a 1 way 0.6 km off leash trail or alternate days or times during the day. Not everyone loves dogs but lots of us feel like they're family. We want to spend quality time with our family.

                                                                                                                      Posted: April 19, 2015 08:50:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                      Lisa yaroshuk from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                      Was expecting a nice stroll around the lake, but it impressed me with a amazing "hiking" trail. It was definitely more than 8 km and was a challenge with hills, rocks and winding trails. Although it required dogs to be on leash, there were the odd people who of course can not read the signs... I will recommend this hike!

                                                                                                                        Posted: April 18, 2015 09:06:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                        Nelson from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                        Good day, so my partner and I with our dog tried going for a hike at Buntzen yesterday (Sunday April 5 2015) and when we got there we noticed quite a few new dog signs posted. These signs were obviously hand written and saying that we were not permitted to have our dog on the trails off leash and that if we were caught we could be faced with a $115.00 fine. Well we left, we drove an hour to get there but there is no way we are going to hike for 3.5 hours with our dog on a leash, that's just ridiculous! It's a shame really because it was our favourite lake to hike. Our dog is very well behaved and loved by all, except those that are afraid of dogs (you need to get over it). I don't see why we can't share the trail? We should be able to enjoy the trails just like everyone else with our pooch's off leash. Quite frankly there are people on these trails that should be on a leash more than my dog needs to be. If anything we should have certain days, including one weekend day that we can take our dogs to the lake off leash. Give us Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday off leash and those people that don't mind the dogs off leash can join, the haters can have Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Something like that, I'm sure you get the idea. Or even a 4 - 6 hour window where dogs can be off leash. There needs to be some sort of flexibility. I would have rated you a 5 but quite frankly you fail. Thanks

                                                                                                                          Posted: April 6, 2015 05:23:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                          Matt from Tsawwassen writes:

                                                                                                                          Hiked the trail March 28 2015, water level in the lake was super high. North Beach and the trail on the west side of the lake was totally underwater in the lower sections. You have to use the Lakeview trail on the west side. allw at least an additional 1.5 to 2 hours to go around the lake!
                                                                                                                          Absolutely beautiful hike! So close to the city.

                                                                                                                            Posted: March 29, 2015 01:51:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                            Dayna egyed from Coverdale writes:

                                                                                                                            I wrote this to Buntzen lake

                                                                                                                            I love Buntzen lake, and the best part is seeing most dogs run free. I know that there are laws about dogs being on leash, but I have ran Many mountains and trails, and dogs. I only ever see aggression when dogs are on leash or at a dog park. Dogs that run free are happier. the only dog attacks
                                                                                                                            Most owners will say "my dog is good when it's off leash but aggressive when on leash"
                                                                                                                            Dog parks and leashes make dogs feel they have to protect their owners. It creates a problem, and causes dogs to pack and pick on weak dogs.
                                                                                                                            I think that there should be parks that have OFF leash hrs.
                                                                                                                            Or make the lower lake trail for leashes but the upper trails to be off leash. Running or hiking with your dog on technical trails with a leash is dangerous.
                                                                                                                            I just wish that we could not make it hard for good dogs, and good owners.
                                                                                                                            Trail runners, and mountain bikers all have dogs. We maintain the trails on our time our money. We pick up garbage left behind from kids or people. We are in those trails every day!
                                                                                                                            The people that complain are there once or twice a year.
                                                                                                                            For trail runners, mountain bikers this is our back yard.
                                                                                                                            People are making it hard for us to come and enjoy the park. let us go for a run with our best furry friend.
                                                                                                                            Or at least give us off leash hours or the upper trails.
                                                                                                                            Give the lower lake to the dogs who have to be leashed.

                                                                                                                              Posted: March 29, 2015 07:07:55 AM PST

                                                                                                                              Dayna Egyed from Cloverdale writes:

                                                                                                                              I love Buntzen lake, and the best part is seeing most dogs run free. I know that there are laws about dogs being on leash, but I have ran many trails, and dogs that run free are happier. The only dog attacks I have seen have happened in dog parks, or because the dog is on leash.
                                                                                                                              Most owners will say "my dog is good when it's off leash but aggressive when on leash"
                                                                                                                              Dog parks and leashes make dogs feel they have to protect their owners. It creates a problems em, and causes dogs to pack and pick on weak dogs.
                                                                                                                              I think that there should be parks that have off leash hrs.
                                                                                                                              Or make the lower lake trail for leashes but the upper trails to be off leash. Running with your dog on technical trails with a leash is dangerous.
                                                                                                                              I just wish that we could not make it hard for good dogs, and good owners.
                                                                                                                              Trail runners, and mountain bikers all have dogs. We maintain the trails on our time our money. And people are making it hard for us to come and enjoy the park. let us go for a run with our best furry friend.
                                                                                                                              Dogs need to run free!

                                                                                                                                Posted: March 28, 2015 09:43:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                Dayna Egyed from Cloverdale writes:

                                                                                                                                I love Buntzen lake, and the best part is seeing most dogs run free. I know that there are laws about dogs being on leash, but I have ran Many mountains and trails, and dogs that run free are happier. the only dog attacks I have seen are in dog parks. Or a dog on a leash is aggressive.
                                                                                                                                Most owners will say "my dog is good when it's off leash but aggressive when on leash"
                                                                                                                                Dog parks and leashes make dogs feel they have to protect their owners. It creates a problem, and causes dogs to pack and pick on weak dogs.
                                                                                                                                I think that there should be parks that have off leash hrs.
                                                                                                                                Or make the lower lake trail for leashes but the upper trails to be off leash. Running with your dog on technical trails with a leash is dangerous.
                                                                                                                                I just wish that we could not make it hard for good dogs, and good owners.
                                                                                                                                Trail runners, and mountain bikers all have dogs. We maintain the trails on our time our money. And people are making it hard for us to come and enjoy the park. let us go for a run with our best furry friend.

                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 28, 2015 08:55:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                  Richard from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                  It is October 26,2014 ,Sunday evening, around 6 o'clock. We just have finish our hike around the lake when suddenly I got severe bowel problem. I rush to the washroom. There were two young people ( boy and girl) cleaning the place. I asked them if I can use the toilet. The answer was: NO, because the park is close at 6 pm. I said: is 6.03 pm and this is emergency situation. They said: we do not care, is after 6. I asked: what I suppose to do in this case, I even offer them to clean the toilet after using. The answer was this same: we do not care. No mercy, no respect. I am 61 years old men begging them for allowing me to use the toilet, they could be my children. It would happen this same to their parents. This is the most embarrassing and degrading moment in my life. I wonder who is responsible for training and hiring this people to work in public sector and deal so rudely with park visitors. What kind of impression would be left if that was happen to somebody visiting our beautiful Canada from foreign country.

                                                                                                                                  Richard Kobylt
                                                                                                                                  Coquitlam resident

                                                                                                                                    Posted: October 26, 2014 08:16:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                    Bob from coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                    Just in reply to Ann - Don't blame others for your unpreparedness.

                                                                                                                                    The lake is always busy on sunny summer weekends and holidays. You must be there before 10:00. A gorgeous lake on a hot day - of course its going to be busy !

                                                                                                                                    Their policy is to close the park to vehicle traffic once the lots are full, as to prevent long lines of cars on Sunnyside Road. Cars on Sunnyside Road will impede emergency vehicles, which are called out to the lake quite often. Imagine someone drowning - its literally seconds between life and death.

                                                                                                                                    There are many resources to find out information about the park, the best being... www.buntzenlake.ca or call the warden's office at 604-469-9679.

                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 3, 2014 09:07:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                      Ann Strench from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                      Went to the Lake today. What a mess! It felt like the BC Ferries. The staff were not letting people into the parking lots. We then had to walk 3 kilometres in order to get to the dog park at the lake. I am diabetic and it was very hot and I did not realize that it was going to be such a hike. We tried twice to get in by car, but were told the car-park was full. We even said (and showed the man) that we had a dog and we were going to the Dog Park. Still would not let us in. So we parked at the Anmore (Municipal) Hall. When we finally got to the dog parking lot there were 64 empty parking stalls that I counted!!! I was so mad that I started to cry (blood sugar must have taken a dive) and then some woman yelled at me about the dog. I just broke down in front of some strangers. They very kindly ferried my husband to our vehicle and drove him back to the park. I am flabbergasted at the people who look after the lake. The dog park was not busy today, but yes, the beach for non-doggie owners was. Here we get punished again. Thanks very much.

                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 3, 2014 08:48:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                        Bob from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                        Hiking time around the lake is so subjective. Trail runners can do it in 45 mins and some people really really take their time and could be 4 or 5 hours. My average is 1 hr 50 mins and that's no running - just a fast walk.

                                                                                                                                        The only thing that doesn't change is that the loop is 10km long.

                                                                                                                                        Here's more info on the Buntzen Lake loop...


                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 28, 2014 07:52:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                          Tracey from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                          It really only takes 2 1/2 hrs

                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 14, 2014 11:46:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                            Dianne from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                            Beautiful hike! Amazing views, and a great workout. However I think the rating "easy" should be changed to intermediate. I've done The Grouse Grind a couple times and 20 other hikes on this website, so I'm not a newbie hiker. Some parts of this hike are pretty steep as you are literally climbing a mountain. Just a warning to anyone expecting this to be a leisurely walk like some other "easy" hikes on this website.

                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 13, 2014 10:50:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                              Mary from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                              Wow, i was so surprised to see so many people whining about the dogs being off leash because their wives have weird phobias and all. I went for a hike today with my husband and mom, we saw plenty of dogs off the leash and all of them were amazing and well-behaved, not even one dog had an owner out of sight or did anything that would disturb a normal person. I agree that if your dog is aggressive and doesn't like to stay in your sight then he/she needs a leash, but if your dog is a lovely pup following your family, it doesn't bother me at all, all of the doggies gave me and my family plenty of smiles today.
                                                                                                                                              Great hike, wonderful experience, yay to good dogs and their owners

                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 18, 2014 02:56:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                Bob from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                Amazing place, amazing hikes.

                                                                                                                                                Done Buntzen Lake hike over 100 times and never get tired of it.

                                                                                                                                                Here's a little website I started for more info on Buntzen Lake...


                                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 27, 2014 06:20:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                  Pat from Victoria, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                  Beautiful picturesque lake similar to Thetis Lake near Victoria but larger and more challenging trails. A great workout with lots of places to picnic and relax. Went twice over Thanksgiving and my legs felt amazing.

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: October 18, 2013 12:14:55 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                    Sonja from Mission writes:

                                                                                                                                                    Although I would love to let my dogs run free, I know that it isn't always safe for them. Not just because of wildlife, but because of people in general. My dogs are rescues. One has come a long way but the other is VERY shy and VERY timid. She bolts at the smallest of sounds. Neither is aggressive in any way shape or form but for their safety, they are leashed. What bothers me most however, is the disrespect from people who think it's okay to just waltz up and pet my dogs! Can you not see the terror in their eyes? ASK FIRST!!! I would not pick up your child without asking first. Why do you think it's okay to invade my dogs' space without asking? Sorry...but this happens everywhere and people need to stop blaming dogs for everything and start taking a good hard look in the mirror!! The trails are for everyone and we all need to be respectful.

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 30, 2013 09:33:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                      Vita & Mike from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                      It's a beautiful lake but definitely overrated. There was no parking. All the parking lots were full. This lake is more used as a park, not hiking destination. Most of the people were there to bbq not hike. We ended up looking for parking for 1 hour and walking about 2 km to get to the hike.
                                                                                                                                                      Liked the hike itself. Pretty easy and steady.

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 26, 2013 08:04:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                        John from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                        I walked the Buntzen Lake Trail today; my iPod pedometer came up with a distance of over 10.4 KM and my GPS app which displayed a track the same as the one on this site as 9.5 KM – in any event it’s more than 8 KM.

                                                                                                                                                        I don’t understand the debate over dogs. My dog runs ahead, detours into the water every chance she gets, largely ignores people and comes when called. If I hear people coming I call her and, based on their reaction decide to leash. In my view the leash isn’t the issue; it’s the temperament of the dog and the respectful conduct of its owner. Conversely, people who think they are not going to encounter dogs on a trail have their heads on some other continent.

                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 1, 2013 10:34:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                          |Henry from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                          Keeping the dogs as pets is not natural too. Let the dogs go back to wild. Otherwise, follow the rules. Or advise the government to change the rule that the trail belongs to dogs not human.

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 27, 2013 07:18:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                            d johnson from port coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                            was here last weekend, did the lake trail maybe once a month. saw two bears on the hike last weekend around 6pm, both on the same side as the diaz vista trail.

                                                                                                                                                            one was running across the bridge we were trying to cross, we backed off and made noise and it ran into the woods.

                                                                                                                                                            second was about 15 mins later, 20m off into the trees, looked at us for a while and then walked off over the hill.

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 9, 2013 01:42:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                              Kim from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                              Interesting debate about off or on leash.....I think it depends on the environment you are in and how responsible and experienced the owner/ dog pair actually is. The rules in any park or public space should be 'dog under control' which may or may not mean use of a leash.
                                                                                                                                                              Most trails have terrain that makes it unsafe for other trails users to have me leash my dog. Hikers complain when the dog is free but how would you feel if if my dog and I took you out (tripped/ knocked you over) on the trail with the leash??
                                                                                                                                                              Really this is all about common sense but lets face it the rules are there because the dog owners that LACK common sense ruin it for the rest of us.
                                                                                                                                                              PS - perhaps the guy that smells like a ferret should be leashed!

                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 9, 2013 11:28:31 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                Ann Whaley from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                I love to walk around Buntzen lake with my 2 small dogs and am so thankful leash laws are not heavily enforced. They are well-behaved and respectful and we even passed close (20 feet) to a bear last time around and the dogs didn't go running in after it or even bark. Dogs need some places like Buntzen to run free, they are normally too restricted and need more places. A lot of us dog owners don't have back yards as if they would be big enough anyways!

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 3, 2013 01:40:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                  Igor from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  Hike is nice and shady, however there are too many people with dogs who disregard the on-leash signs! This is really frustrating! They let their dogs run loose quite far ahead of them, and sometimes you meet a dog with no owner in sight.

                                                                                                                                                                  See, my wife is afraid of dogs due to prior encounters with packs of stray dogs in the city in home country. Besides that we keep ferrets at home and our clothes do retain some ferret smell. Combination of these two factors make even the most "well-behaved dogs" (as their owners often claim) become aggressive and bark loudly when approaching us on a trail.

                                                                                                                                                                  Regardless of what all of you say about dogs being off leash - public places like parks and trails ARE NOT to be off leash areas. Your dog, regardless of how tame and well behaved it is, is still an animal that can behave unpredictable and become aggressive towards people who are afraid of dogs. And since trails are for the public and enjoyment of everyone, the dog leash rules must be obeyed. Would you like your dog to be put to sleep just because you let it loose and it bit a fellow hiker? If you want to have your dogs run loose - do it in your own back yard or in any other dedicated non-public area, but not on any public parks or trails. Otherwise you are infringing the rights of other people (even if there are just a few of them).

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 12, 2013 01:06:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                    Julie Parker from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    I have a well behaved dog. We would like to do more off leash hikes. Thank you for the comment about bears!! That makes total sense, dog runs into the forest, brings back bear. When would a safe time to hike be in your opinion then, anyway, thanks, we cant wait to find some more trails, love it out there. Enjoy Beautiful BC everyone!!

                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 26, 2013 08:18:51 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                      Margee from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      Liz Towers from New West, I so totally agree with you. I don't believe in leash laws either. Plus, on a lot of trails it's impossible to leash your dog when the trail is rugged or you have to ascend/descend. Seriously, the bureaucrats have never thought about what it's like to walk on a rugged trail with two large dogs on a leash. I went to this website hoping to find places where I can hike with my dogs off-leash, but it seems all trails are on-leash. And then to think that these trails are way out of the city. Where can I hike with my dogs off the leash? And don't come to me with those stupid fenced off areas which are totally boring for most dogs and also inadequate for high energy dogs like huskies. Liz, thanks for your comment. I was wondering if I should go to Buntzen Lake with my dogs, but after reading your comment, I may not.

                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 17, 2013 05:57:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                        liz towers from new west writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        too many people on the trail...my dogs couldnt relax, i will NEVER leash my dog when NOT on trails, why should they be leashed? dogs are MEANT to run free, just like you and me........also parents PLEASE leash your kids, theyre SLOW walking...and they annoy me. LOVE, from a dog lover.

                                                                                                                                                                        LET YOUR DOGS RUN FREE ! SAY NO TO LEASHES IN PARKS AND TRAILS !!!! its not natural!

                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 10, 2013 07:10:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                          For your safety from British Columbia writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          K from Coquitlam, I believe the reasoning for dogs on leash especially right now is the good old bears are coming out of hibernation.

                                                                                                                                                                          Every hike I've done the past 2 weeks I've seen big and cub tracks of an abnormal amount. Off leash = a reason for a bear to approach you.

                                                                                                                                                                          The same goes for anywhere right now... It's for your SAFETY.

                                                                                                                                                                          I always let my dog off leash once the bears are awake and not starving anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: April 3, 2013 07:52:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                            K from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            People on here make too big of a deal about the dogs off leash. If your dog is friendly and well behaved, it isn't any different than letting your child run wild. Not all of us like kids either you know. I understand its a rule for part of the trails, but come on people, is it really hurting you? Pull those panties out of that twist yo.

                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: April 3, 2013 03:34:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                              Miss from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone hiked this trail in the last week? The weather has been fabulous recently and I'm hoping the trail has dried out a bit and isn't muddy.

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 28, 2013 02:23:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                Theresa from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                We hiked this 2 weeks ago, a little wet in some spots but winter conditions are very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: February 18, 2013 12:00:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                  Alexandria from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  has anyone hiked it recently to know what the winter conditions are like?

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: February 15, 2013 09:37:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                    Darryl from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                    My wife and I did the trail yesterday August 11 2012. It was our 1st time. We did it counter clockwise and with a lunch break and stops along the way took 4 hours 15 minutes. I agree that this should be done clockwise to get the harder of the two sides done 1st .. lol. We enjoyed it and have some great pics. We heard a few small critters but saw done. Dogs should be leashed. We will reccomend this hike to others and do it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 12, 2012 08:14:39 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                      Jack from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                      Our family hiked the trail today, quiet and serene. Very easy as one of our sons commented that he was bored and not as challenging as the GG, he much preferred the GG. Great for families on a casual stroll. However, I wished that the dog owners would obey the rules and place their dogs on leashes. Of about 20 + dogs that we enountered today, only 2 were on leashes. Not everyone is dog lover. And some of these dogs are larger than a child and very intimidating.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 22, 2012 05:25:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                        Bob from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                        This is such a great hike. I've do it at least once/week in the summer and often more, like the past three days !

                                                                                                                                                                                        The trail is about 90% shade, so its a great reprieve from the hot sun.

                                                                                                                                                                                        There are bears there, but I've never seen one (knock on wood). Most of the trails have a gravel base, so when you walk, you naturally make noise - the bears here it and keep out of your way.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Most of the dogs are off leash, but they seem to be well behaved, so it doesn't bother me.

                                                                                                                                                                                        If you hike fast and don't stop, you can do it in under 2 hours easy. But if you want to take it easy, the north beach is a great little break, where you can have lunch or a snack and go for a quick dip.

                                                                                                                                                                                        If you go on a sunny summer weekend, you have to get there early - like before 10:00. After the parking lots are full, its shut down for the day. A couple of weekends ago, I saw the full sign at 10:30. When its full, they put a full signs on some of the street signs on the way up there, so you don't have to go all the way, just to find its full. Although, I have in the past, parking on someone's lawn for a small fee and walked into the park.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, if you like running, keep your eyes on the ground watching out for roots and rocks. I saw someone take a bad tumble the other day - he's lucky - a tree stopped his fall. Some areas, it's a sharp drop down a cliff !

                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 17, 2012 08:24:06 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                          Mike from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice hike. Beautiful lake, great views, and good mix of terrain. I'd recommend doing the loop in a clockwise direction though. My buddy and I started around 11am on a hot summer day and in a counter clockwise direction,which put us at the powerline section(NW portion of the loop) right around 1pm, and crossing the open rock face in the blistering sun! Next time I'd do the loop in the opposite direction which would have us in the shade on the east side of the lake when the temp starts to rise. Live and learn!

                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 3, 2012 03:25:18 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                            Megan from Chemainus writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi there. I will be moving to Port Moody soon and am really excited about all of the great hiking trails in the area! I was wondering if this trail is suitable for a stroller or if I should purchase a carrier for him? (he's 2, so a stroller would be easier on my back!) Any advice would be great! Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 22, 2012 04:18:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                              Al and Mel from White Rock writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                              We did the circuit around the lake this past week. The trail was in great shape. We went short side first then over the suspension bridge and back along the side with the power lines. Seciton 2 is much more hilly but much less busy also. Only passed 2 parties on that side of the lake, whereas we passed about 12 on the other. We had our dog on leash the whole way...unfortunately we were the only ones that pay attention to the rules though. Great hike, chilly day but it was great. It was our first time in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 23, 2012 09:43:17 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                katie from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                This is an amazing hike. I ran round in 1.15 minutes...or a very brisk walk takes 2 hours but stopping for a picnic at the north end would be fab. I also took my dog as it is an ON LEASH area so please tell me why I had to stop 12 times to pass dogs off the leash and out of control???? There is a designated off leash dog section with a fab beach and loads of space......is this not good enough? LEASH YOUR DOGS please.Aside from that it is great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 9, 2012 11:56:34 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mg50 from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  What a beautiful hike
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Approx 2hrs 25
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did east side first 51 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                  West side is deceivingly longer

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: November 5, 2011 09:20:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carolyn Bartel from Chilliwack, B.C. writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just hiked Buntzen lake for the first time ever. Never had been there before and it was a good hike. The floating bridge is open....so glad for that!!! Enjoy the beautiful autumn hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: October 15, 2011 09:33:28 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                      berhe G from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      are there safety issues whn hicking Buntzen lake? What about the hydro power lines?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: October 12, 2011 12:48:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                        vancouver hiker from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        in the park, "Dogs must be on a leash on all trails except for the designated 'dog off-leash' area and a 600 meter trail on the southeast end of the lake"

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 16, 2011 04:43:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Izaak from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Went today; lots of good scenery and no bears to be seen! Hike is not challenging and very pretty, only took 3.5 hours taking stops for pictures.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 13, 2011 07:06:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                            hiker from poco writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Why so many off-leash dog owners on the trail?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 10, 2011 09:16:56 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                              lchristie from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did this hike today and the trail was in perfect condition. A bear was spotted by other hikers alongside the trail and then crossing the path. A good walk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 5, 2011 06:53:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gary from Surrey, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can anyone tell me if the floating bridge is now open?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 6, 2011 02:51:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Mortgage Diva from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  July 1. Hiked today. Beware of Cougar noticeably growling and stalking us on the lower trail about 5 minutes from the suspension bridge in the area underneath the power lines. Scared the pants off of us. Didn't see any sign of bears...yet. All the trails are open and the lake is back down to normal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 1, 2011 08:22:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jodie from surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hiked this last saturday on the 11th of june on the other side of the suspension bridge my group saw a black bear on the trail had to backtrack. be careful. but other then that excellent trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 18, 2011 09:13:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sheri from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked this trail today, June 5. Floating bridge closed. We cut across upstream - very muddy! No sign postage at the northern end of the trail!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 5, 2011 08:16:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HeatherB from Moncton,NB writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tried to do this trail on Saturday, May 28th.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Floating bridge was still closed and some trails were flooded!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: May 30, 2011 09:45:17 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CK from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiked today and it was not flooded! Floating bridge was open! We were very happy to see this since it added another hour on to the end of the hike when the bridge was under water a month ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The trail was still closed in parts, but we went past the fence anyways and it was fine. Saw lots of other people on the trail who did the same thing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 22, 2011 09:50:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sin from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Did you go Amy? How was the trail? We are going this weekend.rnThanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 11, 2011 12:06:57 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amy from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was planning on heading there on Sunday, May 8th for a hike. I was wondering if the train is still under water? Thank you! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 6, 2011 05:29:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sin from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I plan to go this weekend with some friends, does anyone know if the water has gone? Thanks alot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 5, 2011 09:49:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carole from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked today & trails still under water . Too bad its taking so long .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 1, 2011 06:50:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    laurence from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How is it now?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wnet to buntzen lake 3 weeks ago, there were lot of water. I would like to go tomorrow, do you know if the trail are still closed?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 2, 2011 05:19:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rashmi from India writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am planning to do this hike this weekend. Are trails still flooded ??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: February 23, 2011 10:19:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ben from coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        detour kills fun of the trail these days
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        love the view to the lake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hope it becomes normal sooner or later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 14, 2011 09:51:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kristy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We hiked today on Thanksgiving Monday to walk off our big dinner, our first time here. Lovely park, beautiful fall colours this time of year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most of the trail on the west side of the lake is under water, so detours were necessary. The signs said it could add a few hours to the hike, making it 5-8 hours to get all the way around the lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We just hiked as far as wanted to go half way, then came back the same side. Next time I want to hike the farther west trail for the views of Indian Arm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: October 12, 2010 08:29:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Z from vancity writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            @J I just hiked it this morning with some friends, and the trails were perfect. About half way our hike we found a great spot to go swimming. I loved it though the water was cold. Have a great hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 2, 2010 08:48:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              J from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We are thinking of doing this hike this long weekend, does anyone know if the trail is still under water?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 2, 2010 04:49:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lesley from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My son hiked this a few months ago and reported that most of the trail on the east side of the lake is under water, and hikers must go along a higher up, hilly access road. Is that side still under water?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 27, 2010 03:42:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marion Sherman from Langley B.C. writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Buntzen Lake is favourite for me; either by rowboat or on foot. Try the Diez Vista trail up to Ferrer Peak. A half hour climb past the South Bridge; a gentle incline at first - then intense, but so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  worth it! The views from this little Mountain show Port Moody, Sasamat Lake, Bedwell Bay, Vancouver, Belcarra and Deep Cove are quite spectacular. Also terrific
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  by boat; find a quiet rocky outcrop - sit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in the shade with good food, even enjoy a clean and refreshing swim!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 7, 2010 06:05:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeannie from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Buntzen Lake area & trails are beautiful and well maintained. Dont forget to bring your camera, and maybe some bear spray. We went June 3 2010 in the evening and when we were walking back to the car at 8:30pm, we saw a bear on the trail walking right toward us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 1, 2010 10:12:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sara V from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would have to say this is one of my fav hikes. I love the view I get to look at while we hike around the lake. We start at the south beach and hug the lake and go all the way around to the north beach. Have a snack and water and look at the amazing view and carry on to the second half. I would actually say at the north side of the beach you've probably done 1/3 of the hike. I barely ever see people on the seocnd half as most people do the first half (it's always busy on that end). the second half isn't as flat as the first half but it's just as gorgeous and relaxing. Recommend to all :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 21, 2010 08:53:59 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jason Andrew from North Shore writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bravo to BC Hydro, this park is very well maintained and the scenery is top notch. By the way this is not a flip-flop trail! You'll need at least a good pair of runners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 16, 2009 04:46:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiker from Pitt Meadows writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Went for a hike on the Labour Day long weekend. Was a good hike but heard a bear growl about 2 km in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 7, 2009 12:09:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tamie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We did this hike May 9, 2009. Nice, easy, quiet. I would consider taking my mother on this hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3.5 hours is a generous time allowance for the 8km. This is nice place for novice hikers, children, or for an easy hiking day early in the season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 25, 2009 09:53:35 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lori from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is the distance stated here, 11km, correct? Most other sites, including the Hydro one, put the Buntzen Lake Trail at 8km. Perhaps the others are not including the distance from the parking lot to the trail and then from the end of the trail back to the parking lot? Anyone have an answer?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am recovering from several MVA injuries and find this trail to be perfect for rehab, a person can walk it slowly to start and then build up to running if/when ready. Gets a bit too busy on summer weekends, but is great during the spring/fall/winter season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: November 14, 2008 09:23:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brian from Burbany writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The less populated west side has more ups and downs than the east side but the scenery is worth it. Steady going got me to the north end beach in about 75 minutes and back along the east side to the parking lot another 60 minutes. Many thanks to the people who have done such a great job of maintaining the condition of the trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 28, 2008 05:36:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tyler Ingram from Pitt Meadows writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Buntzen is my fav local day hike and it takes me 4 hours to do the lake loop while I take my time. It also offers great photography ops too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I normally heard to the east side and go north rather than the west side. The north beach is great for resting having lunch etc or even taking a swim off the dock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is also more relaxing because you normally will not see families or tourists on that side of the lake because it takes a good deal of walking to get there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 18, 2008 06:28:33 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Phil River from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This was a good hike, with lots of challenging uphills but enough flat areas for you to recover before the next big hill. The area was flooded but I got around the extra 3km (total 13km) in about 3.5 hours, so the estimate of 4-5 hours from the site map when you get there is quite an overestimation. All in all a fun hike, would be nice to go back in the summer and hang out on the beach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 7, 2008 01:33:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jacques from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Having done this hike several times, I was surprised to find that the water level is so high this winter that the floating bridge at the south end of the lake has been destroyed. The detour route is an added 3km long and goes out to the front gates of the park and down the pumphouse road.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Still a nice hike throughout the year. Parts of the trail have been rebuilt and new gravel leveled out the trail. Buntzen Lake is very well maintained.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 6, 2008 08:01:56 PM PST

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