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Bowen Lookout trail, Cypress Mountain (+Bowen Lookout snowshoe)

Bowen Lookout is my goto when I just need a short, easy hike near Vancouver with a great view. This hike can be done in an hour (but likely more since you'll want t to enjoy the view) and is the perfect place to watch the sunset near Vancouver. Whilst it's most commonly done as an addition to either the St Mark's Summit hike or Mt Strachan, it's definitely worthwhile doing as a hike on ...

The best fall hikes in Vancouver

Summer in Vancouver came and went in a flash. All of a sudden we’re back to rain. But we’ve still got time before the snow comes to get in some fall hikes in Vancouver! Hiking in the forests and the mountains (on clearer days) is one of the best things to do in Vancouver in the fall. BC hiking trails come alive in the fall; the leaves turn a beautiful colour, you can see BC’s ...

21 Vancouver hikes: The best hikes in Vancouver, North Vancouver & West Vancouver

In case you'd hadn't realised by now, one of my favourite things to do is go hiking and luckily there are SO many Vancouver hikes and hikes near Vancouver, BC that I can get to within 30 minutes or less of driving. Well, I say "lucky" but ultimately it's this kind of thing that led us to moving to Canada over 3 years ago. If you're planning to go on a Vancouver hike, check out ...

Hollyburn Mountain hike

At just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the Cypress bowl ski area is one of the best places for a hike when you just need to escape the city but don't want to go too far. There are plenty of trails for people looking to go hiking the Cypress Mountain area. Hollyburn Mountain, one of the three mountains making up the area (the others being Black Mountain and Strachan) is one of the most popular ...

Diez Vistas trail, Vancouver

The Diez Vistas trail at Buntzen Lake is a popular Vancouver hike. It's full name, Sendero Diez Vistas, means path of ten views. There are 10 viewpoints along the trail with most of them looking out over the Indian Arm towards Mt Seymour. Though the elevation change on this hike isn't huge, don't underestimate it as the terrain is often rooty and rocky meaning it's not the easiest hike near Vancouver!  If you're looking to ...

8 of the best Squamish hikes

Squamish is known as the adventure capital of Canada and for good reason. Anything you want to do you can do it in Squamish, BC. There's hiking, mountain biking, endless climbing routes, off-roading, backcountry skiing, kite-boarding and more. It's a fantastic town that's grown hugely in popularity and it's easy to see why. We spend many weekends in Squamish throughout the year and always have fun. Here are some of my favourite hikes from the ...

Horseshoe Bay Sunset Platform

Seen photos of a beautiful sunset platform in a place that looks like Horseshoe Bay? The Horseshoe Bay lookout platform is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset in Vancouver and offers some of the best Vancouver views I've seen. It's one of Vancouver's best-kept secrets and half the fun is finding it for yourself.  It took us a while to find the sunset platform in West Vancouver. The first time we tried we ended ...

19 Vancouver views: Where to find the best views in Vancouver, BC

Vancouver is renowned for being a pretty city and there are many beautiful Vancouver views. You're surrounded by mountains, beaches, forests and Vancouver lakes. What's not to love about that? Whether you're visiting Vancouver or are a local looking for a new Vancouver viewpoint, this list of the best Vancouver views will help you out with snapping that new photo for the 'gram! Want more Vancouver views? Check out these Instagram spots in Vancouver Best ...

Hiking in Vancouver | The best hikes near Vancouver

Whether you're travelling to Vancouver or you live there, there's an almost overwhelming amount of options when it comes to hiking in Vancouver. Over the past few years, I've been able to complete quite a few of the best hikes near Vancouver and I've put together my 10 best hikes near Vancouver. With so many places to hike in Vancouver narrowing the list to just 10 wasn't an easy choice but I think this is ...