Spring has sprung in Metro Vancouver and residents are venturing outside in search of cherry blossoms, beautiful views, and things to do outside.
Luckily, a number of hikes in the Lower Mainland offer stunning panoramas and a chance to get a great outdoors workout. What's more, there are a range of hikes available for all different fitness levels.
Have a look at our round-up of some of the best local spring hikes with the most awe-inspiring views.
Spring Hikes in Metro Vancouver
Quarry Rock near Deep Cove offers an easy and short, yet incredibly beautiful outing during the spring. Not only will you have scenic view of the Indian Arm, but you will also enjoy weaving through the lush forest. A litany of boats dot the waters during the warmer weather, which makes for an ideal place to spend some time enjoying the view. In addition, this hike is pup-friendly.
The Minnekhada Regional Park is located in northeast Coquitlam and is over 200 hectares in size. As such, there is ample room to discover its myriad wildlife, which includes Wood Ducks, beavers, and other wildlife. It is also home to a marsh, and has a lovely picnic area. What's more, this delightful spring hike is dog-friendly (on leash).
While it is one of the busier hikes to try near the Lower Mainland, it offers one of the best rewards. The sweeping view from the summit offers an awe-inspiring perspective of the Howe Sound and mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park. In addition, the hike offers three summits, so outdoor enthusiasts may have a full day adventure. Dogs are also welcome on this hike.
There isn’t really ever a bad time for this incredibly beautiful spot. Not only does it have a beautiful lighthouse, but it offers beautiful rocky shores to walk along, as well as deep, lush woods. Best of all – this unique gem is a short drive from downtown Vancouver. This hike is also offers Fido-friendly, so you don't have to leave your doggo at home.
This hike near Lions Bay delivers a stunning view of Howe Sound at its summit, as well as plenty of beautiful sights along the way. In addition, the intermediate hike takes approximately four-and-a-half hours, which means you'll get a great workout. It is also fairly steep at some points, so you'll have to push yourself at times. Dogs are allowed on the trail.
Always remember to check current weather conditions, terrain and wildlife prior to embarking on a hike. In addition, make sure that you know your physical limitations, tell someone where you are going, bring enough food and water, wear appropriate clothing, and never hike alone.
Also, it may be tempting to walk to the edge of cliff or attempt a dangerous pose to get the perfect photo for social media, but the risk is simply not worth the reward.
Visit Vancouver Trails online for an important and detailed list of safety tips and things to consider before your next hike.