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100+ Snow-Free Hikes in Vancouver: Trails You Can Hike Year Round

Log bridge on the Norvan Falls trail near Vancouver, BC. One of over 100 snow-free hikes near Vancouver

While summer is the prime season for hiking, dedicated hikers know that with a bit of preparation and research, you can hike all winter long.  Sometimes you just want a bit of nature time in the winter, and quick hike or nature walk is way easier than gearing up for snowshoeing. (Although if you want to do that, I’ve got some great snowshoeing guides for you).  It can be tough to figure out where to hike in the winter though, since the mountains are blanketed in snow. But no worries, I’ve done all the research for you. I’ve put together the an absolutely enormous list of snow-free hikes in Vancouver for you. These are trails that you can hike year round… and there’s over 100 of them! I’ve got snow-free hikes for every part of the Lower Mainland from West Vancouver out to Hope. I even stretched up to Squamish and over to Bowen Island to give you even more options.

But First, Be Prepared

Winter hiking requires more preparation than summer hiking: the weather is cold, the trails are often in poor condition and there are less people on the trails to help you if you get into trouble. Make sure you leave a trip plan with a friend or family member before you go. Always bring the 10 essentials and check out my tips for winter hiking to make sure you keep warm and stay safe.  Some of these trails might get a dusting of snow a few times of year (especially if it snows down at sea level), but none of them will get enough snow to require snowshoes. They can still be icy though, so microspikes are a idea. Check trail conditions ahead of time so you know what to expect. I’ve got a great list of Vancouver-area resources for finding trail conditions info.

 

Snow-Free Hikes in Vancouver

Wreck Beach on the Foreshore Trail in Pacific Spirit Regional Park, one of over 100 snow-free hikes in Vancouver that you can hike all year long.

Wreck Beach at sunset on the Foreshore Trail in Pacific Spirit Regional Park

1. Stanley Park

2. Pacific Spirit Park

3. Point Grey Foreshore Trail (This trail passes through Wreck Beach, a nudist beach. While there are far fewer nude sunbathers in the winter than the summer, be prepared to see naked people any day of the year.)

 

Snow-Free Hikes in North Vancouver

The suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon, one of over 100 snow-free hikes in Vancouver that you can hike all year long.

The suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon.

Deep Cove

4. Quarry Rock

5. Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Valley

Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve

6. Seymour Valley Trailway

7. Rice Lake

8. Fisherman’s Trail

9. Homestead/Twin Bridges Loop

Dollarton Highway

10. Maplewood Flats

Lynn Valley

11. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge/Twin Falls

12. Baden Powell Lynn Valley to Grouse

13. Kennedy Falls and the Big Cedar

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

14. Lynn Loop/Cedar Mills Trail

15. Norvan Falls (Despite topping out at only 400m above sea level, this trail is in a deep valley can hold snow and ice in cold weather.)

16. Varley Trail

 

Snow-Free Hikes in West Vancouver and Lions Bay

Lighthouse Park, one of over 100 snow-free hikes in Vancouver that you can hike all year long.

The lighthouse at Point Atkinson in Lighthouse Park

Capilano Valley

17. Capilano Pacific Trail

18. Capilano Canyon Trails

British Properties

19. Brothers Creek Forestry Heritage Walk (The Brothers Creek trail continues further up the mountain, but this loop stays low to avoid the snow).

20. Lawson Creek Heritage Walk 

Horseshoe Bay

21. Cypress Falls

22. Whyte Lake 

23. Lighthouse Park

24. Whytecliffe Park 

Lions Bay

25. Lions Bay Loop

 

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Snow-Free Hikes on Bowen Island

26. Mount Gardner (The summit of Mount Gardner is at 719m so the top of the trail can sometimes get some light snow.)

27. Dorman Point 

28. Killarney Lake

 

Snow-Free Hikes in Squamish

Crooked Falls in Squamish, one of over 100 snow-free hikes in Vancouver that you can hike all year long.

Crooked Falls in the Squamish River valley

Despite being at sea level, Squamish gets more snow than Vancouver and there may be snow on these trails during sustained cold weather.

29. Murrin Park Trails

30. Shannon Falls

31. Upper Shannon Falls (This trail continues on to the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola via the Sea to Summit Trail. If you climb higher than Upper Shannon Falls you will certainly encounter snow.)

32. Smoke Bluffs Park

33. Crumpit Woods

34. Estuary Trails

35. Alice Lake

36. Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest

37. Crooked Falls

38. Sea to Sky Trail (Squamish to Cheakamus Canyon section)

 

Snow-Free Hikes in Burnaby

39. Burnaby Mountain Trails

40. Burnaby Lake

41. Deer Lake

 

Snow-Free Hikes in the Tri-Cities

Jug Island in Belcarra Regional Park, one of over 100 snow-free hikes in Vancouver that you can hike all year long.

Jug Island in Belcarra Regional Park

Belcarra Regional Park

42. Jug Island

43. Admiralty Point

44. Bedwell Bay

45. Woodhaven Trail

46. Sasamat Lake

47. Sugar Mountain Trail

48. Buntzen Ridge

Buntzen Lake

49. Buntzen Lake

50. Lakeview Trail

51. Academy Trail

52. Swan Falls Viewpoint (The trail continues up past the viewpoint to the Falls and to the crest of the ridge, but if you venture further than the viewpoint in the winter, you are likely to encounter snow.)

Port Moody

53. Bert Flinn Park

54. Shoreline Trail

Coquitlam

55. Coquitlam Crunch

56. Mundy Park

57. Crystal Falls 

58. Woodland Walk/Sawblade Falls

Port Coquitlam

59. Poco Trail 

60. Colony Farm Regional Park

61. Minnekhada Regional Park

 

Snow-Free Hikes in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge

Widgeon Falls near Pitt Lake, one of over 100 snow-free hikes in Vancouver that you can hike all year long.

Widgeon Falls in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, reached after canoeing across the mouth of Pitt Lake.

Pitt Meadows

62. Pitt River Regional Greenway

63. Pitt Lake Dykes

64. Widgeon Falls (This hike starts with a canoe trip. There is a canoe rental place at Grant Narrows, but they may not be open in the winter. Call them at (604) 836-7117 before you go to avoid disappointment.)

Maple Ridge

65. Malcolm Knapp Research Forest 

66. Kanaka Creek/Cliff Falls

67. Kanaka Creek Riverfront Trails

Golden Ears Provincial Park

Note that the gate at the entrance to Golden Ears Provincial Park is sometimes locked in the winter if it has snowed or the roads are icy. Always check the park website for gate opening info before going.

68. Mike Lake

69. Alouette Valley Trail

70. Menzies Trail

71. Lookout Trail

72. East & West Canyon Loop

73. Gold Creek Falls

 

Snow-Free Hikes in Mission and Harrison

The suspension bridge at Cascade Falls in Mission, one of over 100 snow-free hikes in Vancouver that you can hike all year long.

The suspension bridge at Cascade Falls in Mission

74. Rolley Lake (You’ll have to park outside the gate in the winter and walk the access road into the park which adds about 1.5km to the hike.)

75. Hayward Lake and Steelhead Falls

76. Cascade Falls

77. Whippoorwill Point

78. Hicks Lake

 

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Snow-Free Hikes in Richmond and Delta

Deas Island Regional Park, one of over 100 snow-free hikes in Vancouver that you can hike all year long.

Exploring the riverfront in Deas Island Regional Park

79. Iona Beach

80. Reifel Bird Sanctuary

81. Deas Island

82. Delta Watershed Park

83. Burns Bog Delta Nature Reserve

84. Brunswick Point

85. Boundary Bay Regional Park

 

Snow-Free Hikes in Surrey

86. Green Timbers Urban Forest

87. Tynehead Regional Park

88. Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest

89. Serpentine Fen Nature Trail

90. Surrey Bend Regional Park

91. Fleetwood Park

92. Elgin Heritage Park

93. Blackie Spit

94. Mud Bay Park

95. Redwood Park

 

Snow-Free Hikes in Langley

96. Campbell Valley Regional Park

97. Fort to Fort Trail

98. Derby Reach Regional Park

99. Brae Island Regional Park

100. Aldergrove Regional Park

 

Snow-Free Hikes in Abbotsford

101. Abby Grind

102. Downes Bowl, Clearbrook Park

103. Matsqui Trail

 

Snow-Free Hikes in Chilliwack and Hope

Bridal Veil Falls near Chilliwack, one of over 100 snow-free hikes in Vancouver that you can hike all year long.

The bottom of Bridal Veil Falls in Chilliwack. Photo Credit: “This is Bridal Falls” by Cameron Wears on Flickr. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0.

104. Tea Pot Hill

105. Seven Sisters Trail

106. Mount Thom

107. Chilliwack Community Forest

108. Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park

109. Bridal Veil Falls (The park gate is closed in winter so you’ll have to walk in, adding a few extra minutes to your hike.)

110. Flood Falls

 

How many of these snow-free hikes in Vancouver have you done? Do you have even more to add to my list? Let me know in the comments?

 

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    Andrew
    January 23, 2018 at 6:46 am

    This is such an awesome list of fun! Thank you for giving me some more ideas of awesome hikes with no snow.

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