For many Canadians, winter means spending more time indoors, but it doesn’t have to. Although not the most popular season for hiking, winter can offer some of the most beautiful and unique outdoor experiences all with fewer crowds on the trail. And Vancouver has no shortage of stunning winter trails to hike and explore. So bundle up, grab your hiking boots, and let’s hit the trails! Just remember to always check the trail conditions before heading out.
Round Trip: 5km
Average time: 2 Hours
With minimal elevation gain, this trail is an easy and quick hike for anyone to enjoy. It is popular for its incredible panoramic views and on a clear day you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view of Vancouver.
It’s important to note that the trail can be quite busy on weekends, so it’s best to arrive early or go on a weekday to avoid crowds. Overall, the Dog Mountain trail is a rewarding hike that offers breathtaking views and a sense of wilderness just a short drive from the city.
Round Trip: 6km
Average time: 2 Hours
Lighthouse Park is located in West Vancouver and is known for its old-growth forest, rocky shorelines, and scenic views of the ocean and nearby islands. During the winter months, the park can be less crowded, making it an ideal destination for a peaceful winter hike.
The lighthouse loop brings you along the shoreline to the lighthouse, which was built in 1912 and is still in operation today. The lighthouse offers a beautiful view of the surrounding area and is a great spot for taking photos.
Round Trip: 3.7km
Average time: 3.5 hours
The Stawamus Chief trail is a popular hiking destination located in Squamish, British Columbia. Known for its towering granite cliffs and breathtaking views, the chief is renowned amongst hikers and rock climbers.
This is a challenging trail but in the winter, the trail can be icy and slippery, especially due to the steep rocky sections so be sure to wear proper footwear and bring spikes for your boots. The grueling climb to the top pays off with incredible views of the mountains and the town of Squamish below.
Round trip: 10 km
Average Time: 3 hours
Pacific Spirit regional park is just west of Vancouver and offers over 750 hectares of stunning old-growth forests including beautiful beaches and views of both the mountains and the ocean.
You can find a variety of wildlife on the trails including deer, chipmunks, and many species of birds. There are also several picnic areas and viewpoints along the trail, making it a great spot for lunch or a photo opportunity. It is open year-round, but it’s important to note that the trails can be muddy and slippery, especially during the winter months.
Round trip: 1.5km
Average time: 1 hours
Home to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, which spans 50 meters across a deep canyon, the views of the surrounding forest and rushing waters below do not disappoint. In addition to the suspension bridge, there are many waterfalls in the park including the popular Twin Falls.
The trail to Twin Falls is only a one-and-a-half-kilometer trek however be prepared for a bit of elevation gain. Be careful to stay on marked trails and avoid getting too close to the edge of the canyon.