The city is blessed with sandy beaches, towering firs and glorious vistas. So grab the kids and take a walk in the woods, along the seaside or up a mountain.
Beautiful oceanside park with historical lighthouse in West Vancouver. Busy and popular walking trails, with beach access, tide pools, and views of Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound ocean traffic.
West of Dundarave in West Vancouver
Nature’s Stairmaster in North Vancouver for the energetic. The popular, near vertical hike is 2.9 km, 2,830 steps from the base to the top of the Grind on Grouse Mountain. Download on the Grouse Mountain Skyride Gondola.
6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, (604) 980-9311
Pacific Spirit Park
Walking paths abound in the expansive forest at UBC’s Endowment Lands. The city disappears in this urban forest; celebrate nature on one of the many trails in this popular westside green space.
5495 Chancellor Blvd, Vancouver, (604) 224-5739
Network of trails with great views of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet and the North Shore. Easy walking trails that include link to Trans Canada Trail, as well access to SFU and Horizons restaurant.
Centennial Way, Burnaby, 604-294-7450
Capilano River Park
Popular day use park in North Vancouver. Regional park includes easy walking trails to Cleveland Dam, Capilano River and Salmon Hatchery.
Exit off Highway 1 along the Capilano/Grouse Mountain and drive north along Capilano Road.
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Claudia lives in Vancouver. She's the mother of two teenage boys, and has a thirst for travel, chocolate, and pineapple margaritas. She writes and blogs as thetravellingmom.ca, offering a modern mom's guide to family travel sanity. She is much too active on Twitter as @travelling_mom.