• Difficulty Intermediate
  • Time 6 - 7 hours
  • Round-Trip 15km
  • Elevation Gain 460 meters
  • Season April - November
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver 1 hour
  • Public Transit Yes
  • Dog Friendly Yes

Trail Notice

From May 16, 2023 - September 4, 2023, all visitors to the Buntzen Lake area arriving by vehicles will be required to have a parking pass. Reserve your parking pass from BC Hydro.

Named Diez Vistas for its ten views, this hike offers beautiful scenery overlooking Indian Arm as you make your way around the Buntzen Lake area.

The hike begins from the north end of the main Buntzen Lake parking lot. Follow the Buntzen Lake Trail southbound to the southernmost end of the lake and cross a floating bridge through a marshy area. Once on the other side continue straight past the Diez Vistas sign, crossing the service road that goes left then right before beginning the climb uphill. The trail meanders through the forest as you slowly make your way uphill eventually coming to a clearing with power lines above. Continue straight and after walking another 10 minutes, a series of switchbacks begin. This is the steepest part of the hike.

After passing through the switchbacks, you will be treated to your first view of Sasamat Lake and Belcarra Regional Park with Burnaby and Vancouver off in the distance. Take a break here before continuing up the much less steep hill to the second viewpoint that overlooks Buntzen Lake and the busy beach area below.

Once you have taken in the second view, continue along the trail as it makes its way up and down through the forest until reaching the third viewpoint. This is probably the best view that overlooks much of Indian Arm with a clear view of Deep Cove directly ahead and downtown Vancouver off to the left in the distance. On the other side of Indian Arm, towering high above the water are the three visible peaks of Mount Seymour.

From this point the trail continues along the ridge with occasional views of Indian Arm and the houses along the west side. Some viewpoints are better than others as the foliage has grown over the years. The hike weaves its way through forested areas and gradually descends back downhill until you reach a gravel road. At the gravel road, turn right and walk a short distance towards the north end of Buntzen Lake.

From here, turn right and walk along the Buntzen Lake Trail for 10-15 minutes before heading down a steep gravel section where there is a trail that forks to the left, almost heading back in the direction parallel to where you came. Take this trail and you will reach the suspension bridge that crosses the north section of the lake to the much quieter beach on the other side. After completing the Diez Vistas Trail on a hot day, this area is perfect for a cool, refreshing dip into the lake.

It's only a 40-minute walk back to the parking lot where you began your day. Continue past the beach towards the huge drain and make your way up the steep hill to the dirt road. At the top take the path as it continues along the eastern shore of Buntzen Lake, crossing small streams and offering occasional glimpses of the lake and surrounding mountains. The sound of dogs barking and children playing in the water means you're almost there! On a hot day, take a dip in the lake before heading back to the parking lot to end your hike.

How to get to Sendero Diez Vistas

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
1 hour

The Sendero Diez Vistas Trail begins from the Buntzen Lake parking lot in Port Moody, approximately 30km from Vancouver. To get there, head east along Hastings Street, through Vancouver and Burnaby. Hastings eventually turns into the Barnett Highway. Continue along the Barnett until you reach the lights at St. Johns Street. Drive for almost 1km until you reach the intersection at Ioco Road and make a left turn. Continue straight as the road turns into Heritage Mountain Blvd and heads up a steep road eventually reaching a roundabout. Turn right here and turn left at the first set of lights onto Forest Parkway. At the first stop sign, turn left onto Aspenwood Drive and continue straight as it turns into E. Road. Turn right onto Sunnyside Road at the Buntzen Lake sign and continue straight until you reach the park entrance. Continue past the park gate and down the paved forest road until you reach the parking lot.

View a map of Driving directions to Sendero Diez Vistas.

Transit Access to Sendero Diez Vistas

The Buntzen Lake area is accessible by transit by taking the 182 bus from Coquitlam Centre. Get off at the Anmore Grocery store on Sunnyside road. Buntzen lake is a 2.4 km walk, 30 minutes, from here.

On weekends between July and September, the seasonal Buntzen Lake Special bus 179 will stop at the north end of the first parking lot at Buntzen Lake. Check Translink's website for more information.

Traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish, Kwikwetlem, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Qayqayt and šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam).
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Additional Info

Camping at Sendero Diez Vistas

Camping is not permitted at Sendero Diez Vistas.

Dogs at Sendero Diez Vistas

Dogs are allowed on the Diez Vistas Trail but must be kept on a leash at all times. Dogs are only allowed to be off-leash in the designated areas around Buntzen Lake. Please pick up after your dog and dispose of all waste in bear proof garbage bins around the park.

Toilets at Sendero Diez Vistas

There are no toilets along the Diez Vistas Trail however, there are pit toilets at the north beach and washroom facilities at the south beach of Buntzen Lake.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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