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The following is a rough guide to various mountains located around Vancouver. If you are planning on going on either one of these trails, it is advisable to drive a car as some buses will not be able to take you there. As always, remember to bring along at least 1 1/2 litre of bottled water, food, medical supplies and emergency blankets and flare. As there may be bears around, be sure to bring along a bear spray which are sold in various outdoor sporting good stores.

For information regarding bear awareness, visit Bear Aware BC or Safety Guide to Bears in the Wild.

Wear comfortable hiking boots and at least two pair of socks. Depending on what season you go in, it is always a good idea to bring an extra jacket ('windbreaker'), gloves and adequate rain gear. Going to the top of mountains does not mean you won't get sunburn so take the sun lotion as a precaution. Always let someone know where you have been as a safety precaution.

Vancouver is blessed with natural and beautiful wilderness so it is only fair that you should respect nature and keep to the hiking trails. Ultimately, the responsibility of maintaining our natural wonder rests with you.

TIP: Try to follow the trail markers along each trail. If you are lost, try to backtrack to the last one and start again. If you are completely lost, do not panic and decide whether to stay or return. A compass and a map will be most useful so do not try to leave your hotel without them!

For more information on sightseeing, tours and hiking please refer to the vancouver business directory.

Historic Hollyburn (North Shore)
Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 7 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 1325m
  • Best Time: July to November
  • Location: Along Cypress Parkway
  • Lower Grouse Mountain Trails
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 5 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 1125m (Chalet)
  • Best Time: April to November
  • Location: Nancy Greene Way
  • Howe Sound Crest Trail
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 7 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 1525m
  • Best Time: July to October
  • Location: Cypress Creek
  • Goat Mountain (North Shore)
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 4.5 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 1401m
  • Best Time: July to October
  • Location: Grouse Mountain
  • Lynn Headwaters (North Shore)
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 6 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 430m
  • Best Time: April to November
  • Location: Gouse Mountain
  • Deeks Peak (Howe Sound)
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 8 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 1764m
  • Best Time: July to October
  • Location: Squamish
  • Rainbow Lake
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 6 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 1465m
  • Best Time: July to October
  • Location: Whistler Mountain
  • Diez Vistas Trail (Fraser Valley North)
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 5.5 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 607m
  • Best Time: April to November
  • Location: Coquitlam
  • Eagle Peak (Fraser Valley South)
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 8 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 1280m
  • Best Time: July to October
  • Location: Coquitlam
  • Galene Lakes
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 11 hours or overnight (round trip)
  • High Point: 1755m
  • Best Time: July to October
  • Location: Skagit River
  • Gate Mountain (Fraser Canyon)
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 7 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 1450m
  • Best Time: June to October
  • Location: Spuzzum
  • Poland Lake (Hope-Manning Park)
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 7 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 1754m
  • Best Time: July to October
  • Location: Manning Park
  • Keremeos Columns
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 5 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 1205m
  • Best Time: May to November
  • Location: Keremeos
  • Gambier Island West (Sechelt and Islands)
    Statistics:

  • Hours: approximately 6 hours (round trip)
  • High Point: 475m
  • Best Time: May to October
  • Location: Squamish
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