TOP 5 FALL VANCOUVER HIKES

There is something so special about Fall, the air is crisp, the colours are vibrant, and the temperatures are just right. With the low season upon us Fall really is the perfect time to get outdoors and hit the  trails. With so many great hiking options available I thought I would make the choice a little easier and share with you my top 5 favourite Fall Vancouver hikes. 

1. Lynn canyon

With countless trails and breathtaking waterfalls there’s a reason why Lynn Canyon has remained a popular tourist destination and a favourite amongst locals since 1912. One of the more popular “attractions” would be the iconic and highly photographed Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge that towers 150ft above the canyon, it’s also free of charge as opposed to its popular neighbour, the Capilano suspension bridge. Lynn Canyon is suitable for any hiking level with many different trail options, I personally love the emerald green, crystal clear waters of the beautiful 30-foot pool which is just a short walk from the North side of the suspension bridge or the easy 1.5km roundtrip to see Twin Falls. No matter how you choose to spend your time at Lynn Canyon you will not be disappointed by all that mother nature has to offer within this park.  

Difficulty: Easy 

Drive from downtown: 35 min.  

Transit: Yes 

Dog Friendly: Yes  

Cellular Service: Yes  

2. WHYTE LAKE

A small, peaceful lake hidden within the hills of West Vancouver, Whyte lake makes for the perfect Fall hike. This 2 hour hike through towering trees travels up through the beautiful Nelson Canyon and ends at a serene small lake. Enjoy your time at the dock and take in the tranquil surroundings before heading back. It’s important to note that although I would consider this trail easy with minimal elevation gain there are some steep sections.  

Difficulty: Easy  

Time: 2 hours 

Round-Trip: 5km  

Elevation Gain: Minimal (170 m)  

Drive from downtown: 30 min.  

Transit: No 

Dog Friendly: Yes 

Cellular Service: Yes (spotty in some sections)  

3. BOWEN LOOKOUT

One of my favourite hikes on the North Shore this short & easy hike on Cypress Mountain boasts an incredible view over Howe Sound. When the suns out this hike can be quite crowded on the weekends so I would suggest going much earlier in the morning or during the week if you can. With a few switchbacks and a semi-uphill climb the view at the top is so rewarding you won’t want to leave.  

Difficulty: Easy  

Time: 1.5 hours 

Round-Trip: 4km  

Elevation Gain: Minimal (110 m)  

Drive from downtown: 45 min.  

Transit: No 

Dog Friendly: Yes 

Cellular Service: Yes  

4. DOG MOUNTAIN

True to it’s name, you will encounter many dogs along this hike through the mountains which is probably why I love it so much.  This hike is easy but technical, there is very minimal elevation gain but the trail requires  careful steps along several sections that are covered with slippery tree root, therefore, some hikers may find this trail on the more challenging end of the “easy” rating. You will also find trail conditions at this time of year to be wet, muddy and slippery, wear hiking boots or shoes that you do not care about getting dirty. The views at the top are breathtaking offering a spectacular view of Vancouver and stunning mountain views. There is lots of space to hangout and enjoy some lunch at the top, it’s a great way to spend the day.  

Difficulty: Easy  

Time: 2 hours 

Round-Trip: 5km  

Elevation Gain: Minimal  

Drive from downtown: 50 min.  

Transit: No 

Dog Friendly: Yes 

Cellular Service: Yes 

5. QUARRY ROCK

So close to Vancouver yet a million miles away Quarry Rock has one of the most scenic views of the Indian Arm in the lower mainland making it one of the most popular hikes amongst tourists and locals. The trail climbs quickly up a set of stairs leading into densely wooded areas, small creeks from the mountain runoff, and the smell of fresh forest air. Unfortunately with it’s popularity comes many crowds so I strongly recommend avoiding Quarry Rock on weekends and sticking to weekdays unless you’re hitting the trail early, otherwise if you don’t mind the rain this is one of my favourite hikes during a cloudy/rainy day, it’s a lot less crowded and it makes for some beautiful, eerie photos as the fog sits just below eye level over the lookout point. Pack a lunch or some snacks and enjoy the views as you look out over Deep Cove before heading back down. Before leaving Deep Cove I highly recommend stopping in at Honey’s and grabbing one of their mouth-watering world-famous doughnuts, you will not be disappointed.  

Difficulty: Easy  

Time: 1.5 hours 

Round-Trip: 4km  

Elevation Gain: Minimal (100 m) 

Drive from downtown: 30 min.  

Transit: Yes 

Dog Friendly: Yes 

Cellular Service: Yes 

7 thoughts on “TOP 5 FALL VANCOUVER HIKES

  1. Thanks for this – these hikes look fantastic! The Vancouver area is high on my list – are there moderate to difficult hikes in the immediate area as well?

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment! Vancouver is beautiful and a destination I highly recommend visiting with many moderate to difficult hikes in the immediate area, I would be happy to provide you with a few of my favourites if you’re ever interested.

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