Top 10 Lesser Known Hikes in the Vancouver Area (Dog Friendly Edition)

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As Vancouverites, our undeniable fondness of nature may prompt us to take occasional refuge deep within the luscious rainforest scenery – located outside the confines of downtown’s concrete jungle. But even the peripheral environment of the city is apt to contain a superabundance of tourists and other occupants, when all we’re really craving is some peaceful alone time with nature. To overcome this populous predicament, the following list of lesser known hikes within the Vancouver area should give you some pointers on new and magical outdoor locales to discover and explore for your own. You can even bring your canine counterpart on these hikes!

1) Elk Mountain

Located 1 hour 45 minutes from Vancouver

Elk Mountain

Elk Mountain

Region: Fraser Valley East

Hiking Distance: 7 km

Time to Hike: 4 hours

Season: June – October

Part of the Cascade mountain landscape of beautiful British Columbia, Elk Mountain hikers will be pleased by the view from its highest vantage point located at 1,432 m above sea level. This mountain is also a popular paragliding destination.

2) Brohm Lake

Located 1 hour 25 minutes from Vancouver

Brohm Lake

Brohm Lake

Region: Howe Sound

Hiking Distance: 7.5 km

Time to Hike: 5 hours

Season: April – October

Brohm Lake lies in the Squamish First Nation territory. Its spectacular scenery is accentuated by the lake itself, where you can picnic, swim and fish at your leisure.

3) Eagle Bluffs

Located 45 minutes from Vancouver

Eagle Bluffs

Eagle Bluffs

Region: The North Shore

Hiking Distance: 8 km

Time to Hike: 4 hours

Season: July – October

Eagle Bluffs is located on Cypress Mountain, where the hiking trail meets a mountaintop lake, perfect for a refreshing dip on a long journey. The hiking route additionally provides unbeatable views of the Lower Mainland!.

4) Jug Island Beach

Located 1 hour from Vancouver

Jug Island Beach

Jug Island Beach

Region: Tri Cities

Hiking Distance: 5.5 km

Time to Hike: 2.5 hours

Season: Year-round

The ideal setting for those looking to daydream and muse over nature’s offerings, the Jug Island Beach hike is a windy trail encompassed by lush foliage that leads out to a pristine beach setting.

5) Velodrome Trail

Located 30 minutes from Vancouver

Velodrome Trail

Velodrome Trail

Region: Vancouver City

Hiking Distance: 3 km

Time to Hike: 1 hour

Season: Year-round

Burnaby’s own equivalent of the Grouse Grind, the Velodrome Trail consists of naturally rugged landscape through which 550 wooden steps entwine. This historic trail was originally constructed by the Scouts in the 1930s.

6) Sumas Mountain

Located 1 hour 30 minutes from Vancouver

Sumas Mountain

Sumas Mountain

Region: Fraser Valley East

Hiking Distance: 13.5 km

Time to Hike: 6.5 hours

Season: May – November

Sumas Mountain  is extraordinarily stunning, being enveloped in wildflowers that add to the ever present beauty of the hike’s scenery. Sumas even has an identically-named sister mountain in Washington state!

7) Aldergrove Regional Park

Located 1 hour 30 minutes from Vancouver

Aldergrove Park

Aldergrove Park

Region: Surrey and Langley

Hiking Distance: 5 km

Time to Hike: 2 hours

Season: Year-round

Ideal for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding, Aldergrove Park features immaculately maintained trails that make for an easy-going hike during all seasons.

8) Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve

Located 35 minutes from Vancouver

Burns Bog

Burns Bog

Region: Tsawwassen and Delta

Hiking Distance: 3 km

Time to Hike: 1.5 hours

Season: Year-round

Appropriately named the “Lungs of the Lower Mainland,” Burns Bog is the largest raised peat bog on the West Coast of North America and provides an exceptionally unparalleled ecosystem – including multiple rare and endangered species of plants and animals. Perfect for botanists and environmentalists alike.

9) Kanaka Creek Cliff Falls

Located 1 hour from Vancouver

Kanaka Creek

Kanaka Creek

Region: Ridge Meadows

Hiking Distance: 4 km

Time to Hike: 2 hours

Season: Year-round

Home to the roaring Cliff Falls, Kanaka Creek hike is meant for the true adventurer. There is even a short trek over to the neighbouring fish hatchery!

10) Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Located 10 minutes from Vancouver

Pacific Spirit Park

Pacific Spirit Park

Region: Vancouver City

Hiking Distance: 10 km

Time to Hike: 3 hours

Season: Year-round

Pacific Spirit Park is 763 hectares of pure, unadulterated temperate rainforest. As the boundary between UBC and Vancouver City (Kitsilano), Pacific Spirit Park stretches from the Straight of Georgia, Fraser River, and Burrard Inlet. The park may be accessed by foot, car, bike, or bus.

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