Christmas is just two days away, and the celebrations are in full swing. If you need a break from all the partying, or you’re trying to work off the calories from all those treats, you’ll want to pay close attention. Today we’re sharing three of our favourite Vancouver Christmas hikes for the whole family.
Family-Friendly Vancouver Christmas Hikes
UBC Endowment Lands
Contributor Kate Marples had this to say in the article UBC Winter Staycation: “With plenty of walking trails and a constantly evolving natural environment, it’s never the same walk twice. The paths are, for the most part, flat, which makes it easy for walkers of all fitness levels and abilities, young and old.” Michelle Carchrae especially likes the Huckleberry Trail. Plus, if you need some sustenance, you can stop by Wesbrook Village for a hot drink or a bite to eat.
This is a very manageable walk for families and kids of all ability levels. Michelle Carchrae had this to say: “Rice Lake is the perfect destination for a family hike. Located in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, this easy trail meanders around the lake, past picnic tables and a fishing pier, with no major hills or rocky patches. While bikes and dogs are not allowed, it is smooth enough to bring a stroller.” Do take note of the signage in the park, so that you stay safe following the recent rockslide.
Stanley Park is the city’s best-loved park for many reasons, including its more than 27 kilometers of forest trails winding through about half a million trees. It’s one of our favourite Vancouver Christmas hikes because of the variety of level, easy-to-navigate trails, the great views and of course the chance to drop by and take in the display at Bright Nights. Even if you don’t take in the train ride, there are lots of gorgeous light displays and refreshments to help you warm up after your hike.
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.