3 Must-Do Hikes Around Vancouver this Summer

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Whether it’s because of rain or snow or cold weather in general, we spend the majority of our time inside during the winter months.

It is a beautiful, momentous occasion when the sun finally emerges from behind the clouds and graces us with its light and warmth.

Time is of the essence, and it is essential to spend as much time outside as possible to make the most of summer.

British Columbia, with its magnificent mountains and breathtaking waterfront views is an ideal location to get outside and get active. The best part about living in a city like Vancouver is that you can still indulge in a fast-paced urban lifestyle while also having the beautiful back country wilderness on our doorstep.

Check out these 3 must-do hikes to try around Vancouver this summer, all of which are within a one to two-hour drive from the city.

Stawamus Chief

Commonly known as “The Chief,” The Stawamus Chief is the second largest free-standing granite outcrop (the part of a rock formation that appears above the surface of the surrounding land) following the Rock of Gibraltar.

Hikers can explore three domed summits that can be accessed by a trail that begins on the side of Stawamus Chief Provincial Park near Shannon Falls.

For a return trip, the lowest dome would take around three hours while the highest would take about five.

The Chief is also a massive destination for rock climbing enthusiasts with many professional climbers who will dedicate their summer months living in the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park campground at the base. 


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Garibaldi Lake

This three-hour hike to Garibaldi Lake can be trying to some and can be considered tedious to some with its countless switchbacks. However, once you get to the lake itself, it will all be worthwhile when you see how ridiculously stunning the glacial lake is.

Though this hike can be completed in a day, it is advised to spend a couple of days at the scenic campground along the southern shore. 


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Grouse Mountain

Dubbed the “Grouse Grind,” this hike poses a challenge for even the most experienced hikers. With its steep and rugged terrain, the Grouse Grind is a near vertical hike up the unforgiving mountain, offering a strenuous workout with 2,830 stairs and an elevation gain of 2,800 feet.   

On average, hikers can expect the trek to take up to an hour and a half to complete.

However, depending on your fitness level, novice hikers should allow up to two hours. Slow and steady wins this race, and it is best to pack some money to purchase a $10 ticket for the gondola ride down as well as some well-deserved refreshments once you reach the top. The site from the top is a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the ocean and city of Vancouver below. 

Hiking back downhill is not permitted on the Grind as a result of rockfall concerns, trail damage, and congestion conflicts on the narrower sections of the trail.


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Written by Emily Rumball

Emily is a freelance writer, blogger, tea addict, and animal lover based out of Vancouver, BC.

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