32 must-do hikes and trails to check out across Metro Vancouver this summer

In Guides by Kristen Naidu

Exploring scenic trails across the Lower Mainland is a fantastic way to enjoy summer. From leisurely strolls to challenging climbs, there’s a hike for everyone.

Here’s our list of 32 must-do hikes and to trails to check out across Metro Vancouver this summer.



Must-do hikes to enjoy across Metro Vancouver this summer

Easy

Lighthouse Park

This hike offers stunning coastal views and meanders through old-growth forest, making it perfect for families and beginners.

Round-trip length: 6 km
Avg. hike time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Drive: 30 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Quarry Rock

Enjoy breathtaking views of Deep Cove and the Indian Arm. The trail is short but offers rewarding vistas at the top.

Round-trip length: 3.8 km
Avg. hike time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Drive: 45 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

This park features a network of flat, well-maintained trails through lush forest, ideal for leisurely walks and bird watching.

Round-trip length: Various trails, up to 10 km
Avg. hike time: 1 to 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Drive: 20 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Burnaby Mountain

 

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A gentle hike with scenic views of the Burrard Inlet and a beautiful rose garden at the top.

Round-trip length: 5.5 km
Avg. hike time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Drive: 30 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes

Capilano Pacific Trail

 

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This trail follows the Capilano River and offers peaceful surroundings with opportunities to spot wildlife.

Round-trip length: 7.5 km
Avg. hike time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Drive: 20 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Whytecliff Park

A short and easy hike with stunning ocean views and a great spot for a picnic by the water.

Round-trip length: 2 km
Avg. hike time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Drive: 30 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes

Deer Lake Park

 

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This serene trail loops around Deer Lake, providing a peaceful retreat within the city.

Round-trip length: 5 km
Avg. hike time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Drive: 20 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Rice Lake

A flat and family-friendly hike that circles a picturesque lake, perfect for a relaxing outing.

Round-trip length: 3 km
Avg. hike time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Drive: 30 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes

Stanley Park Seawall

 

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This iconic Vancouver trail offers stunning waterfront views with the ability to go at any pace you’d like.

Round-trip length: 9 km
Avg. hike time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Drive: 15 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Lynn Canyon Park

 

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Featuring a suspension bridge and beautiful forest scenery, this hike is both exciting and accessible.

Round-trip length: 2.6 km
Avg. hike time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Drive: 30 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Moderate

Dog Mountain

This hike offers panoramic views of the city and is a favourite for those looking for a rewarding yet moderate trail.

Round-trip length: 5 km
Avg. hike time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Drive: 45 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes

Buntzen Lake Loop

A scenic loop around Buntzen Lake with diverse landscapes and opportunities for swimming.

Round-trip length: 10 km
Avg. hike time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Drive: 1 hour from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Norvan Falls

This hike leads to a beautiful waterfall, offering a great mix of forest trails and riverside scenery.

Round-trip length: 14 km
Avg. hike time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Drive: 45 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes

Stawamus Chief

Climb one of the Chief’s peaks for spectacular views of Howe Sound and the town of Squamish below.

Round-trip length: 6 km
Avg. hike time: 3 to 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Drive: 1 hour from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Mount Strachan

This hike offers beautiful views of the Lions, Howe Sound, and the surrounding mountain ranges, making it a rewarding moderate trail for avid hikers.

Round-trip length: 10 km
Avg. hike time: 4 to 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Drive: 45 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes

Eagle Bluffs

A rewarding hike with breathtaking views of Vancouver, Howe Sound, and the surrounding mountains.

Round-trip length: 8 km
Avg. hike time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Drive: 45 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Mystery Lake

 

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A short but steep hike leading to a serene alpine lake, perfect for a refreshing swim.

Round-trip length: 3 km
Avg. hike time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Drive: 45 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes

Diez Vistas

This hike offers multiple viewpoints over Indian Arm and Buntzen Lake, living up to its name of “Ten Views.”

Round-trip length: 15 km
Avg. hike time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Drive: 1 hour from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Black Mountain

 

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A scenic hike that provides stunning views of the Coast Mountains and glimpses of wildlife.

Round-trip length: 7.5 km
Avg. hike time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Drive: 45 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes

Mt. Seymour Trail

This trail takes you to the peaks of Mt. Seymour, offering incredible views of Vancouver and the surrounding area.

Round-trip length: 9 km
Avg. hike time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Drive: 45 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Joffre Lakes

Famous for its turquoise lakes and glacier views, this hike is a must-see for any outdoor enthusiast. It can be challenging but incredibly rewarding!

Round-trip length: 10 km
Avg. hike time: 4to 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Recommended: June to October
Drive: 2.5 hours from Vancouver
Dog friendly: No

Lindeman Lake

This small lake in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park is a popular year-round destination. The trail is steep in some areas but relatively easy to complete.

Round-trip length: 3.4 km
Avg. hike time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Drive: 2 hours 15 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Hard

Garibaldi Lake

A challenging hike that rewards with stunning turquoise waters of Garibaldi Lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Round-trip length: 18 km
Avg. hike time: 7 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Drive: 1.5 hours from Vancouver
Dog friendly: No

Golden Ears Provincial Park

 

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This strenuous hike offers breathtaking alpine scenery and panoramic views from the summit.

Round-trip length: 24 km
Avg. hike time: 10 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Drive: 1.5 hours from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Grouse Grind

Known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster,” this hike is a steep climb that offers a great workout and amazing city views.

Round-trip length: 2.9 km (one way)
Avg. hike time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Drive: 30 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: No

Elfin Lakes

A long but rewarding hike with stunning views of the Garibaldi Range and a beautiful alpine lake.

Round-trip length: 22 km
Avg. hike time: 8 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Drive: 1.5 hours from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Panorama Ridge

One of the most scenic hikes in the area, offering 360-degree views of Garibaldi Lake and the surrounding mountains.

Round-trip length: 30 km
Avg. hike time: 10 to 12 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Drive: 1.5 hours from Vancouver
Dog friendly: No

Mt. Cheam

A challenging hike that provides panoramic views of the Fraser Valley and surrounding peaks.

Round-trip length: 9.5 km
Avg. hike time: 4to 5 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Drive: 2 hours from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes



Coliseum Mountain

This strenuous hike rewards with stunning views of the North Shore mountains and beyond.

Round-trip length: 23 km
Avg. hike time: 10 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Drive: 45 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes

Wedgemount Lake

A steep and challenging hike leading to a beautiful turquoise lake surrounded by rugged peaks.

Round-trip length: 14 km
Avg. hike time: 8 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Drive: 2 hours from Vancouver
Dog friendly: No

Hanes Valley

 

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This demanding trail offers rugged terrain and breathtaking views of the Lynn Headwaters and Grouse Mountain.

Round-trip length: 16 km
Avg. hike time: 7 to 8 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Drive: 30 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: No



Tunnel Bluffs

 

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This hike offers breathtaking views of Howe Sound and is a must for avid hikers. The trail is steep and challenging, but the panoramic vistas are well worth the effort.

Round-trip length: 11.5 km
Avg. hike time: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Drive: 45 minutes from Vancouver
Dog friendly: Yes

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