4 Winter Hikes in Vancouver

November 24, 2017


With the first snowfall already behind us, the lower mainland is getting chillier by the day. If you still like to get outside, we have compiled a list of winter hikes that are open during winter - which you don't need snowshoes for!


1. Burnaby Mountain

These trails are mostly known for mountain biking but they make for a good winter hike as well. Trek up through the trees to Simon Fraser University, and get a beautiful view of the Lower Mainland. These trails are kid and dog-friendly.


Location: Burnaby

Difficulty: Beginner/Easy

Length: 7 km+ (depending on which trail you choose)

Time: Around 3 hours

More info: https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/burnaby-mountain/


2. Rainbow Lake

This hike is open year-round and has some beautiful views. The lake is usually frozen over in winter and is also used for Whistler's water supply.


Location: Whistler

Difficulty: Novice/Medium difficulty 

Length: 16 km

More info: https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/rainbow-lake/


3. Jug Island Beach

This is another winter-friendly trail that features the beautiful Jug Island beach. Just like rainbow lake, resist the urge to take a dip in the wintery water to swim out to Jug Island. We promise it's just a bunch of trees that you can just as easily snap a picture of from the shore.


Location: Port Moody

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate 

Length: 5.5 km

Time: Around 2 hours

More info: https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/jug-island-beach/


4. Harrison Grind

The Harrison Grind is known as the baby brother (or sister) of the Grouse Grind. It's dog-friendly but definitely not for the faint of heart. The view though is definitely worth it!


Location: Fraser Valley

Difficulty: Hard/Intermediate

Length: 7 km

More info: https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/harrison-grind/

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