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8 Stunning Hiking Trails in Canada not to be missed

HIKING IN CANADA – The vast beauty of this country and its nature can be discovered via multiple hiking trails along British Columbia (BC) and Alberta during this season between Autumn and winter (November). In my 24 days in Canada, I have covered 8 stunning hiking trails and walks which is really a lot for a person like me who doesn’t trek that often.

However, every trail that was explored was truly remarkable and unique on its own, not to mention the great company I had in each and every one of those hiking trails. Here’s sharing 8 of the beautiful routes around Vancouver, Whistler and Banff I did:to be missed

8 Stunning Hiking and Walking Trails in Canada not to be missed

8 Stunning Walking Trails in Canada not to be missed

8 Stunning Hiking Trails in Canada

LOCATION: Vancouver City

#1 Quarry Rock Hike in Deep Cove

Panoramic View of the Indian Arm from Quarry Rock Lookout Point on a foggy day | Trekking Trails in British Columbia

Panoramic View of the Indian Arm from Quarry Rock Lookout Point on a foggy day | Trekking Trails in British Columbia

A really manageable and lovely trek, and it was made more enjoyable given it just rained the day before. Hence our hike up was transformed to a climbing a waterfall of stairs with a perpetual misty fog surrounding the forest.
The walk will have you passing through multiple little bridges, rivers and waterfalls, going around tall trees and under a canopy of massive shrubs.

Under the Canopy of Trees along the trail to Quarry Rock Lookout Point | Day Hikes in British Columbia

Under the Canopy of Trees along the trail to Quarry Rock Lookout Point | Day Hikes in British Columbia

The view from the top was definitely worth it and really stunning. On a clear day, you can even see Vancouver city skyscrapers in the distance.

View from the top of Quarry Rock Lookout Point

View from the top of Quarry Rock Lookout Point

Highly highly recommend this trek. Read more here.

 

#2 Grouse Mountain Grouse Grind Trail

View from the lookout point at Grouse Mountain after your successful summit! | Trekking Trails

View from the lookout point at Grouse Mountain after your successful summit! | Trekking Trails

By far the toughest hiking trail I have done in Canada.

There are a few ways up to Grouse ( the peak of Vancouver), but the one we opt to do was ‘The Grouse Grind’, which little did I know was going to be so insanely exhausting, as the entire path up is a staircase of rock slabs, so it was high stepping and high stepping all the way up. There was never a point where it ever becomes flat, and the incline was truly intense base on my ability. However, the trek had very lovely sights along the way, from beautiful sunshine beams coming through the trees, to icy snow patches found on the ground as you almost hit the top. The average person takes 1.5 to 2 hours.

Sunshine bursting through the trees on the Grouse Grind Trail | Walking Trails

Sunshine bursting through the trees on the Grouse Grind Trail | Walking Trails

I actually started wheezing a bit as I got higher as the air got thinner and it suddenly got colder. Trek not suitable for the physically weak!

NOTE: Coming prepared in the right attire is critical – clothing that is thin and breathable to clear the heat generated from your body, yet warm enough number of layers to protect you once the chills hit. Eg. Do NOT wear wool or big leather jackets, as it will be a big mistake once you start sweating excessively as you start ascending.

Not advisable to go in minimal layers too, though we saw 1-2 guys running up without a shirt, with the surroundings at almost 1-4 degrees Celsius. (Highly trained individuals who have a constant rhythm momentum to keep running till they reach indoor shelter, definitely not their first time doing it. So do not imitate!)

Reward yourself with a nice hot drink and crazy awesome view when you reached the top | Walking Trails

Reward yourself with a nice hot drink and crazy awesome view when you reached the top | Walking Trails

Me and my beautiful view | Day Hikes in British Columbia

Me and my beautiful view | Day Hikes in British Columbia

 

#3 Capilano Park, next to Capilano Suspension Bridge

Panoramic View of Capilano Lake along the trek | Day Hikes in British Columbia

Panoramic View of Capilano Lake along the trek | Day Hikes in British Columbia

 

Fancy a scary water ride down the Cleveland Dam?Fancy a water ride down this dam?!

One of the most popular tourist attraction here in Vancouver is the Capilano Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world. However, me and my Belgium friend Rilke decided CAD$40+ was not worth it just to walk a bridge, hence we decided to trek in the nearby lake and park instead, and it was definitely beautiful and worth it. One should visit the Cleveland Dam there, as it is truly spectacular seeing the waters gushing down at such high speed.

Cleveland Dam with its roaring falls

Cleveland Dam with its roaring falls

Clear neat signs along the Capilano trail to prevent you getting lost

Clear neat signs along the Capilano trail to prevent you getting lost

View of Capilano Lake with the silhouette of us

View of Capilano Lake with the silhouette of us

View of Capilano Lake with the silhouette of us

 

#4 Stanley Park

Sunshine with the beautiful autumn colours in Stanley Park

Sunshine with the beautiful autumn colours in Stanley Park

Vancouver City’s most loved park – this huge island park is approximately 8+km around it. It is so beautiful and has such a vast diverse range of Mother Nature, from sandy beaches, to lakes to tall pine trees.

Amidst the trunks in Stanley Park

Amidst the trunks in Stanley Park

View of harbour and waterfront as you cruise along in Stanley Park

View of harbour and waterfront as you cruise along in Stanley Park

Cycling along Stanley Park beautiful beaches

Cycling along Stanley Park beautiful beaches

One can rent a bike for about CAD$18-20 for 3-4 hours OR walk, depending on your ability and what you feel like it that day. Routes can be along coastal/ bridge views, or sneak through the park to find yourself under the towering oak trees and beautiful lakes.

The leaves and the skies on a Autumn beautiful day in Stanley Park

The leaves and the skies on a Autumn beautiful day in Stanley Park

 

LOCATION: Whistler

#5 Lost Lake and Green Lake Trail

Beautiful boardwalk at Lost Lake. Popular spot for swimming in summer

Beautiful boardwalk at Lost Lake. Popular spot for swimming in summer

Beautiful easy flat ground hike, to be greeted by the very beautiful Lost Lake that is a popular dipping pool during summer time. There is a lovely boardwalk leading out into the lake, which makes for lovely photo moments.

Lovely glass reflection on board the boardwalk at Lost Lake

Lovely glass reflection on board the boardwalk at Lost Lake

Bench by the Lost Lake, Whistler when you go trekking in Autumn – Winter

Bench by the Lost Lake, Whistler when you go trekking in Autumn – Winter

For more trails in Whistler, click here for Whistler Day Walking Trails

 

LOCATION: Banff National Park

#6 Trekking trails to Bow Falls

View of Bow Falls at the start of the trek | Hiking trails in banff alberta

View of Bow Falls at the start of the trek | Hiking trails in banff alberta

BANFF Alberta in Canada is a beautiful place to visit in summer or winter. Take some time to visit Bow Falls here and enjoy a nice comfortable walking trail as the waters gushes past furiously but spectacularly.Find out more how to get there https://www.banff.ca/index.aspx?NID=6

Pretty walking trail that runs parallel to the falls. Not your typical falls, Bow Falls is wide and rather gradual, with the easy steps and trek along it for people of all ages in various seasons.

 

View of the Bow Falls stream as you trek along | Walking Trails in Canada

View of the Bow Falls stream as you trek along | Walking Trails

HOTEL RECOMMENDATION: Stay at the gorgeous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and be indulge in the best.

#7 Walking Trails at Lake Louise

View of Lake Louise | Day Hikes in British Columbia

View of Lake Louise | Day Hikes in British Columbia

Looking for day hikes in British Columbia? Slow and scenic walking trail around the beautiful world renowned Lake Louise. Be dazzled by the spectacular view with the sunlight reflecting off the picturesque snow-capped mountains. The lake freezes up in winter and you can witness ice carvings in that season!

View of the lake louise as you circle around it on the trek | Day Hikes in British Columbia

View of the lake louise as you circle around it on the trek | Day Hikes in British Columbia

HOTEL RECOMMENDATION: Breathtaking view stay at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel.

#8 Day Hikes to Agnes Lake

Go uphill among the forest on a relaxing hiking trail reach the Agnes Lake. There is a teahouse there to relax and enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee after your successful arrival.

Lovely slow motion capture by Billy Wong at Fairmont Banff Springs Canada.
Watch and wait, can you spot it?

Canopy of snow capped fir along the hiking trail to Agnes Falls | Hiking Trails in Banff Alberta

Canopy of snow capped fir along the hiking trail to Agnes Falls | Hiking trails in banff alberta

Gorgeous Blue colour of Lake Louise through the trees on the trek | Hiking Trails in Banff Alberta

Gorgeous Blue colour of Lake Louise through the trees on the trek | Hiking Trails in Banff Alberta

To sum up, this is just one of the many lists of lovely hiking and trekking trails you can visit in your time in Canada, but do make some time to check them out and be captivated. For more stories on Canada adventures, read on my #27HoursRail Adventure on board The Canadian here.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    vacation coffee
    February 9, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Just discovered your blog and reading through some of the places we just visited last summer. Can’t wait to return with some of your recommendations.

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes
      February 16, 2016 at 2:32 am

      Thank you Beth. Yes these places are definitely worth that re-visit;) Do share your stories how it went!

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    Hikking Mount Rinjani
    April 18, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Waowww… Amazing photos, i really like it, thanks to share

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      April 18, 2016 at 6:03 am

      Thank you Rinjanist! 🙂 Do help me share the post if you deem it worthy;)

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