Vancouver Hiking Trails RatingStanley Park in downtown Vancouver is a beautiful and astoundingly huge network of hiking/walking/biking trails.  An estimated 8 million hikers, walkers, rollerbladers and cyclists visit the park yearly.  The wonderful spider web of trails throughout the park add up to a staggering 200 kilometres, which explains how the park generally feels serene and relatively quiet most days despite its phenomenal popularity.

  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProHuge park with a ton of variety
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProAlways something fun going on
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProWonderfully wild, west coast forest
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProImpressive things to see everywhere
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProSeawall around the park is amazing
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProLovely beaches to lounge in
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProPerfect 10 kilometre running route!
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProMany stunning views
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ProEasily spend a whole day there!
  • Vancouver Hiking Trails ConLots & lots of people!

Hike in Vancouver

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Stanley Park can be walked or biked in any number of routes and lengths.  Certainly one of the popular, and most straight forward routes is by a large, 10k circle, paved trail that runs around the perimeter.  You can park at one end, for example near English Bay, and head along the coastal, paved trail and follow the beautiful circumference of Stanley Park and return to where you started after a wonderful and constantly scenic 10 kilometre seawall route.

The interior trails wind their way through the unexpectedly huge trees within Stanley Park.  Some trees stand over 70 metres (249 ft) and are centuries old.  The more impressive trees include Douglas-fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce.  The trees are numerous and the forest so thick that you would certainly get lost if not for the excellent and well organized trail layout in the park.

The park has frequent concession stands, washrooms and points of interest.  Stanley Park is also the home of the Vancouver Aquarium, with its considerable array of marine life, from penguins to Beluga whales.  Stanley Park is not so much a hike as an amazing walk, but certainly a must see in Vancouver.  It definitely is the most convenient and scenic.

If you are entering Vancouver from Lions Gate Bridge, you will notice just as you leave the bridge you will see a turn lane and road entering the park on your right.  This takes you to Prospect Point(pictured below).  This is a wonderful way to start your tour of the park.  A large viewing area over the ocean and Lions Gate Bridge amazingly close.  There is a small restaurant, a cafe and dozens of picnic tables in this amazing setting.  This is a fantastic way to watch sunsets and appreciate the enormous gap the Lions Gate Bridge spans.

From Prospect Point, Stanley Park Road continues through the park with the next parking area being on your left for the Hollow Tree.  Definitely worth a look, this massive, now hollow tree has quite an interesting history, depicted on pictures and murals near it.  The next parking area is for Third Beach where you will find concessions, washrooms and stairs to this remote feeling and often very lively beach.  Further along the road you come to Second Beach, more concessions and home to frequent festivities throughout the year.  A huge swimming pool and kids play park is located here as well.  From here you can continue driving to English Bay or turn left and along Lost Lake, cutting across the park to the other side.


Hike in Vancouver

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Vancouver Hiking Trails

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Squamish Hiking Trails

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Whistler Hiking Trails

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