Greater Vancouver’s Best Trails to Explore

The Fraser River Trail is located in the picturesque Dunbar-Southlands neighbourhood (home to a stunning, sprawling Estates complete with stables) is definitely worth checking out. The trail itself was originally built by local equestrians as a horse trail, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself overrun by the four-legged kind (etiquette dictates that non-riders yield to horse and rider, so keep that in mind). Enjoy the six-kilometre stretch of scenic trail, wildlife and fact that you’ll feel utterly transported from the busy city (though only 20 minutes away).

Pacific Spirit Park (UBC Endowment Lands, pictured at top) is always a sure bet if you’re looking to get out for a quality run or weekend stroll. Not only does it offer a great 10-kilometre route – perfect for anyone who happens to be in-training for the upcoming Sun Run – but it also offers plenty of parking and easy access. If you’re itching to dust of your bike, this is also a great option, as there are literally dozens of trails suited for all levels of cyclist and a convenient map here.

Iona Beach Regional Park (toward the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond) is a great choice if you’re looking for something that’s a bit out of the city – but not too far. Iona offers a great waterfront view and actually runs along a unique finger of land at the mouth of the Fraser River, with the majority of the unmarked route along the beach or just adjacent to it. 

Capilano Canyon is always a great trail to head to any time of year and easy to get to from downtown. A quick trip toward the base of Grouse Mountain will land you at the trail entrance (we recommend starting your hike from the Cleveland Dam entrance just off Capilano Road). Be sure to grab your camera for this one, it truly offers some amazing West Coast mountain views.

Whytecliff Park is always a favourite quiet escape from the city and you’ll find it just off Marine Drive in West Vancouver, near Horseshoe Bay. The park itself provides stunning views of the coast, mountains and all the nautical action (be sure to watch for seals). Plenty of trails lead you to views of Howe Sound and the Tantalus Mountain Range. There’s no shortage – Whytecliff is comprised of about 15 hectares of land, so you’ll undoubtedly need to revisit.