Vancouver: Hiking Activity Holiday
A multicultural metropolis with snowcapped crags, city-hugging beaches and waterfront forests
If you like to hike, then Vancouver has pretty much everything you could want right on your doorstep. From wilderness hikes in the urban expanse of Stanley Park to mountain hikes up Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour, a hiking holiday in Vancouver offers a great variety of hikes for enthusiasts of all abilities.
Stanley Park is the first port of call for hikers. Although hiking in a park might seem tame, bear in mind that Stanley Park covers 1000 acres of wilderness and rainforest and also has a long seawall walk.
Another larger wooded park (in fact, it’s almost twice the size of Stanley Park) that’s great for hikers is Pacific Spirit Park out toward the University of British Columbia.
Other hikes within the downtown Vancouver area include the walk along English Bay, across the Burrard Street Bridge to Vanier Park. From the park you can hike along to Kitsilano Park and beach. If you’re looking for an even more heavy-duty hike on you holiday, continue past Kitsilano Beach and visit the string of beaches that stretch west toward the tip of Vancouver: Jericho Beach, Locarno Beach, Spanish Banks and Wreck Beach.
A hiking holiday in Vancouver wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Coast Mountains, a short drive from the centre of town. Testing hikes, such as the ‘Grouse Grind’ a 1.5 to 2-hour hike up the slopes of Grouse Mountain, will have your muscles screaming for mercy. However you reach the mountain’s summit, once there you can walk the branching trails to your heart’s content. There are hundreds of kilometres of trails stretching over the Mount Seymour, Cypress Mountain and Grouse Mountain so from day hikes of varying levels to overnight backpacking trips, the choice is wide when taking a hiking holiday in Vancouver.