I get asked regularly, what’s the main reason I moved to Vancouver? There are endless reasons of course, but the scenic day hikes from Vancouver are a huge contender. Vancouverians embrace their scenic day hikes and mountain top backdrops (rain, hail or shine) and i am a fan of this lifestyle. Looking out the office window at work (I got the digital marketing job i wanted here guys, FYI), I am greeted with views of seaplanes taking off and landing. I mean it’s slightly more aesthetically appealing to the views from the Dublin office- just saying.
Additionally, Vancouver is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world and all hands down, the craziest city I’ve been to (and I quite like a little bit of crazy). Moving swiftly back to scenic day hikes from Vancouver (the subject in question) and today I wanted to focus on two scenic day hikes that are accessible from Vancouver because we all love a solid day trip, right?
Scenic day hike 1: Quarry Rock, Deep Cove
Just a short drive from Vancouver, Deep Cove is a scenic day hike and relatively short, located in the North Vancouver region. The hike which is better known as Quarry Rock starts along the Baden Powell trail. At the top, you will be amazed by the views of the Deep Cove area and the Indian Arm. Take some time to sit up here and simply take it all in. Quarry Rock is also very accessible for those of you with young children and dogs.
To really reward yourself at the end, Honey Doughnuts is what dreams are made of (I’m deadly serious, too). Honestly the best doughnuts I have ever tasted, with people queuing for 30 minutes to get their hands on them. Some people probably drive from Vancouver without even doing a hike, all for the love of these donuts.
Getting to Quarry Rock via public transport
Take the number 212 bus from Phibbs Exchange which takes you all the way to Deep Cove. Once you get off, you follow the crowds to the entrance of Quarry Rock, which you will notice by the lovely forested area.
If you are driving you can avail of the free parking located in Panorama Park. Make sure to try to get there early as it fills up pretty quickly with avid hikers parking up.
Hiking Difficulty: Easy
Scenic day hike 2: Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
Located 35km from Pemberton is another scenic day hike from Vancouver. Joffre Lakes Provincial Park which is a place that has been long on my list. I mean just look at the pictures below and tell me you don’t want to see it for yourself?
On top of the hiking experience, you also have the opportunity to camp overnight at Joffre Lakes for the budget price of $5. I certainly plan on doing this once I can master carrying camping equipment for around 3.5 hours uphill(i live in hope).
On this hike, you will see three glacier-fed lakes, better known as lower, middle and upper lakes. Each lake is undeniably perfect in its own right but probably the most spectacular is the upper lake with perfect views of the snowcapped glaciers.
Getting to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park via public transport
If you are driving, the parking lot at the park is about a 40-minute drive from Pemberton. The drive is signposted and easy to follow on your google maps.
If you prefer the public transport route, here is an option for you to try. The stop is located at 1025 Dunsmuir St.
Hiking Difficulty: Moderate, this hike does include many a steep incline. It’s quite difficult on the knees when descending, just as an FYI.
So there you have it, the mountains are awaiting! If you are moving to Vancouver, set out some time to do these two scenic hikes during your time here. Of if you are coming here on holidays, I strongly advise you put Joffre Lakes at the top of your list. Enjoy the glacier-laden peaks, the opaque blue lakes and the general awesomeness of Vancouver’s outdoor lifestyle. So far, I have to say it’s pretty much unbeatable.
Have you tried either of these scenic day hikes from Vancouver or plan to try them soon? Get in touch and tell me your plans!