4 Winter Hikes in Vancouver

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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