4.08 out of 5 - 12 reviews

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Chad Sichello from Vancouver, BC writes:

This is more of a leisurely walk than a hike. Don't expect to break a sweat, but it's great for small kids, mall strollers and the like. If you want to have fun after the walk, head down to the canyon afterwards and let the kids play in the water.

    Posted: August 20, 2016 09:44:41 PM PST


    Rose from Lynn Valley, North Vancouver writes:

    My neighbourhood. The reason for no dogs around Rice Lake is because there is wildlife, birds, nest and the lake is stocked with trout. No dog feces in the water. It's a small area that is protected.
    There are plenty of trails to the north, south, east and west if the lake, you can hike the Baden Powell to Lions Bay or to Deep Cove with Rover, or go to the top of up to Lynn Peak.
    I've had a dog, walked the trails for 15 yrs with him, still walk there with my kids. It's a quiet peaceful spot most if the time, unfortunately some folks allow there children run wild and break the quietness. It is what it is.....let it go.

      Posted: April 14, 2016 07:26:14 PM PST


      r from vancouver writes:

      Can anyone please mention what wheelchair or mobility scooter accessibility is like here? (Or give measurements for gate widths, are there any stairs? etc.) Thanks kindly!

        Posted: August 7, 2015 02:05:11 PM PST


        SKG from Burnaby writes:

        Hiked this with friends today and had two babies in strollers. Trail was well marked, wide and very suitable for strollers. Wasn't too busy.

        NOTE: the driving directions from Vancouver are incorrect. You should take exit 22A, not 22B. It is illegal (and dangerous) to take 22B and merge as suggested in the directions.

          Posted: June 27, 2015 04:03:55 PM PST


          Nat from Vancouver writes:

          Nice little walk. Mountains peaking through the trees, eagle was hanging out in one of the trees while we were there despite many people being on the trails. Good for families due to the flat trail.

            Posted: April 17, 2015 10:50:08 AM PST


            Franklin from West Vancouver writes:

            Oh my...they have rules about no dogs? How awful! What - the opportunities to experience feces under foot are not boundless?

              Posted: February 15, 2015 11:03:53 AM PST


              Charles from Vancouver writes:

              I don't like screaming kids there too and I don't call their parents morons.

                Posted: July 8, 2014 05:54:30 PM PST


                Geoff from North Vancouver writes:

                Can't help but reply to Flashlight (real name), although hard to find the words. You don't like kids on the loose, eh? Don't go to a kids fishing hole, moron.

                  Posted: July 1, 2014 09:13:06 AM PST


                  Flashlight from Vancouver writes:

                  Everyone here is complaining about how there have to be some spaces that are not for dogs. Fair enough. But why is it ok for kids? Personally I have no dog or any other pets, I am a young married woman, but I really don't like screaming kids. They are running around on the loose everywhere, without control, scaring the animals that live in the forest and stopping the rest of us from enjoying a peaceful day.

                  As many here said, "why can't there be a space without dogs?" or "let us people that don't like to be around dogs have some space" well, the same goes for your screaming kids.

                  If only we could all learn to respect each other and be kind and caring towards one another.

                  Yes, I'm expecting a bunch of entitled parents to reply to my post saying that they have the right to take their screaming child everywhere. As usual, it's not the kid's fault he's mis-behaved, it's the parent.

                    Posted: June 25, 2014 08:18:53 PM PST


                    Q from Burnaby writes:

                    Really nice hike to do with the kids. Only little incline. Did it with a stroller with 8 inch wheels. Was pretty bumpy, but managed ok. Just don't try a double-wide as it will not fit through the fence (unless you hoist it over - 4feet).

                    Dog people, please abide by the signage. No dogs! Fortunately, I only saw one dog, and it was kinda nice not to come across dogs on a Vancouver trail. (I love dogs, but it was kinda nice and different not to see any here.)

                    The fishing pier is a great place for a lunch stop.

                    Here are some rules posted at Rice Lake: No dogs. No bikes. No boats. No swimming. No fires. Fishing limit of 2 trout per person.

                    Enjoy your hike!

                      Posted: August 25, 2013 04:53:29 PM PST


                      Matt from Richmond writes:

                      For those of you wondering why there are no dogs allowed, just go to Buntzen lake trail. The amount of dog droppings during the first km is ridiculous. Not only is it on the trail, but the smell permeates the air. Can't blame anyone but irresponsible dog owners.

                        Posted: August 4, 2013 05:44:18 PM PST


                        Local from North Vancouver writes:

                        Why the no dog rule? I don't get it.

                        It is a trail in the forest. Where better to take our canine friends than that? I grew up barely a stone's throw from Rice Lake and have been taking my dogs off leash there my entire life. I don't ever recall seeing the signs... there are always dogs there. I guess I was a kid most of the time so maybe I didn't pay attention.

                        As a young female I don't feel particularly safe hiking in the woods by myself without my dog in tow.

                        Is it people failing to pick up after them?

                        I just don't get it.

                        - Confused Local Dog Owner/Lifetime Hiker

                          Posted: July 21, 2013 06:23:11 PM PST


                          Mike from Surrey writes:

                          Dear Frank Smith,

                          When do you plan to go hike here again? I will make sure to bring my dog pack to roam the trails when you do. After all, I am the dog whisperer.

                          Sincerely,

                          Mike, the dog whisperer

                            Posted: May 25, 2013 09:58:05 PM PST


                            Drew from Vancouver writes:

                            Yes, it is very sad how dog owners cannot be respectful towards those who try so hard to find a place in the city away from dogs. Everyone should be allowed to have the same amount of respect regardless of one's preferences. Those of us who do not like to be around dogs do not go to a dog-friendly trail and expect all the dogs to stop hanging out there so it's only fair that dog owners respect the signs and stop breaking the laws by bringing their dogs on "no dogs allowed" trails such as this Rice Lake one. If only there were less inconsiderate people in our society, the world would be such a better place to live it.

                              Posted: May 24, 2013 04:25:02 PM PST


                              Lucy from Vancouver writes:

                              I would like to swim here... is that recommended?

                                Posted: August 11, 2012 06:58:12 PM PST


                                bbufo from Vancouver writes:

                                Some dog owners are like their animals-they don't read the sign nor respect law.

                                  Posted: July 30, 2012 06:07:40 PM PST


                                  ginger from north vancouver writes:

                                  is there many big hills on the trail.

                                    Posted: July 13, 2012 11:04:29 AM PST


                                    Keaton (the schnauzer) from Germany writes:

                                    Dear Frank Smith,

                                    You crotchety old man - let us dogs explore and conquer the great wilderness... if you don' like it then stay home to watch Matlock or play shuffleboard with some of your grey-haired buddies.

                                    Keaton
                                    The Schnauzer

                                      Posted: July 13, 2012 09:47:10 AM PST


                                      frank smith from surrey writes:

                                      sigh ...why do dogs always have to go everywhere? can't some things be for us humans....not very one likes your dog!!

                                        Posted: July 8, 2012 12:04:10 PM PST


                                        Guest from Vancouver writes:

                                        Yes very kid friendly. Not stroller friendly unless you have one of those jogging strollers maybe.

                                          Posted: July 2, 2012 02:29:31 PM PST


                                          Dee from Delta writes:

                                          Is this a kid friendly trail? Or stroller friendly?

                                            Posted: April 20, 2012 07:31:02 PM PST


                                            Mike from Burnaby writes:

                                            Yes, there are often people walking their dogs around Rice Lake, however, no dogs are supposed to be on the trail and their are many 'no dogs allowed' signs. There are still lots of trails in the area where dogs are permitted though, just the immediate trail around the lake is off limits.

                                              Posted: March 25, 2010 07:39:51 PM PST


                                              Gizmo from Richmond writes:

                                              Not dog friendly?? Every time I go there are tons of dogs.

                                                Posted: March 25, 2010 06:51:18 PM PST


                                                manson from west Van writes:

                                                wish it were dog friendly...with management in place.

                                                  Posted: June 15, 2009 09:19:04 AM PST


                                                  Suzanne from Vancouver writes:

                                                  It's lovely, pleasant, quiet, and just a totally relaxing enjoyable hike, I happen to totally love this area for trail running, mountain biking, or just hiking. It is one of my most favourite areas.

                                                    Posted: October 1, 2008 10:21:23 PM PST


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