After a long winter with lots of time spent indoors, we’re feeling the urge to venture outside for some outdoor adventures.
If we’re staying local for the time being, the start of summer is a good time to ease back into the outdoor lifestyle by going on some long walks.
Lucky for us, there are lots of great trails in the Metro Vancouver area that are easy to walk, require endurance, and reward you with lots of stunning views, so you can train yourself for the wild adventures to be had within B.C. this summer.
STANLEY PARK SEAWALL
The seawall around Vancouver’s world-famous urban park is a tried-and-true classic for a walking workout that doubles as the perfect trail for a scenic stroll.
The trail loop is just under 10km (at 9.3 km) and takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on your pace, to complete on foot. Along the way, you’ll see forested trails, the Lions Gate bridge, and incredible views of the North Shore mountains, Burrard Inlet, and English Bay.
Make a stop at Third Beach and Second Beach for a snack break on the sand — the Original All Beef Sticks from Jack Link’s makes for a filling and tasty treat. Then, continue on to your final stop at English Bay.
False Creek Seawall. Photo: Getty Images.
FALSE CREEK SEAWALL
For another trail loop that’s located within the city, the False Creek seawall offers a 7.5km waterfront trail that begins past English Bay at Sunset Beach, and goes past David Lam Park in Yaletown, landmarks like BC Place Stadium and Science World, Olympic Village, the Island Walk path by Granville Island, and back to downtown’s edge along the Burrard Bridge.
During your city walk, you’ll be treated to fantastic seaside views of the skyline and the False Creek waters.
PACIFIC SPIRIT REGIONAL PARK
Close to UBC on Vancouver’s west side, Pacific Spirit Regional Park contains a vast trail network, with a combined total of 73 km, that spans around and within 750 hectares of forest.
A rainforest oasis that feels hours away from the city, you can easily walk up to at least 10 km as you wander the many routes within the largest park in all of Vancouver.
Pacific Spirit makes for a perfect place to spend a whole afternoon getting lost in the woods, gazing up at the old-growth trees, and snacking on Jack Link’s Wild Heat All Beef Sticks.
Lonsdale Quay along the North Shore Spirit Trail. Photo: Getty Images.
NORTH SHORE SPIRIT TRAIL
As part of the North Shore’s ambitious path to develop the Spirit Trail, a fully accessible 35km greenway that extends from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove, the North Shore’s city portion of the Spirit Trail currently connects North Vancouver’s Park & Tilford Gardens to West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park.
Along the 6.5km route, you can pause at Lonsdale Quay for a scenic snack break as you look across the harbour towards downtown Vancouver.
PORT MOODY SHORELINE TRAIL
The Shoreline Trail is a paved path that winds along the coast of the Burrard Inlet in Port Moody, weaving through trees, waterfront parks, and several bridges and boardwalks that characterize this suburban shoreline community.
Taking approximately 2 hours to complete, this 6km trail spans from Old Orchard Park to Rocky Point Park. Along the trail, there are many benches and picnic tables to stop at for a quick snack or lunch break.
And because you can’t go for a long walk without water and some snacks on hand, try protein snacks from Jack Link’s to fuel your outdoor adventure!
Try the brand new Original All Beef Stick 8-pack from Jack Link’s. This deliciously savoury and filling sausage stick makes for the perfect snack to share with your walking buddy — OR you can have them all to yourself!
If you prefer more spice to your snacks, you can up the ante with an 8-pack of the Wild Heat version of Jack Link’s classic all beef sticks.
Plus, with resealable packaging, you can take these snack sticks along with you on any outdoor adventures you embark on this summer!
For more info, visit jacklinks.ca.