We are passionate about living life to the fullest, and embracing a holistic, healthy active lifestyle. Mainstays include daily fitness, stress-reduction, and spending meaningful time with friends and family in a natural environment. Pure Vibe’s Whole Body Vibration (WBV) HIIT classes deliver excellent results for physical fitness as well as being an outstanding cross-training activity for running, hiking, cycling and swimming. This summer we encourage all Vibers to combine these values and enjoy an active lifestyle in our spectacular environment.
Our BC West Coast is rich with natural beauty—mountains and meadows, rivers, lakes, and ocean shorelines. This July, breathe in the fresh air and connect with nature on one of our many coastal mountain trails.
These hikes celebrate our local majestic mountains. Offering dozens of hikes for all abilities, the main mountain peaks include Black, Strachan, Hollyburn, Grouse, Fromme, and Seymour Mountains. http://vancouversnorthshore.com/things-to-do/activities/hiking/
But first, an important reminder about hiking safety according to North Shore Search and Rescue:
- Always tell a reliable person where you are going and when to expect you back.
- Leave a detailed trip itinerary.
- Make sure you know your route and plan accordingly.
- Pack these 10 essential items http://www.northshorerescue.com/education/what-to-bring/
10 Fantastic Hikes
These are intermediate level hikes, with distances of 8-12 kilometers, and take 2-8 hours to complete. Three are segments of the Baden-Powell Trail, spanning the rugged North Shore Mountains from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. Named after the founder of the world scouting movement, the trail was constructed in 1971 to mark BC’s 100th anniversary of joining Canada. The trail has multiple access points, and is accessible by public transit with bus stops at the bottom of Grouse Mountain, in Lynn Canyon, and in Deep Cove.
Hike #1: Baden-Powell Trail—Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon
This section of the BP Trail is 12 km (one way), averages 3-5 hours, with an elevation gain of 420 meters. It is accessible via public transit and dog friendly. https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/baden-powell-deep-cove-to-lynn-canyon/
Hike #2: Baden-Powell Trail—Lynn Canyon to Grouse Mountain
This section of the BP Trail is 10 km (one way), averages 2-5 hours, with an elevation gain of 200 meters. It is accessible via public transit and dog friendly. https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/baden-powell-lynn-canyon-to-grouse/
Hike #3: Badell Powell Trail—Eagle Harbour to Eagle Bluffs
This section of the BP Trail is a roundtrip of 12 km, and averages 3-5 hours with an elevation gain of 1000 meters. https://www.livetrails.com/trails/Baden-Powell-Trail-Eagle-Harbour-to-Eagle-Bluffs-2502.html
For passionate, experienced hiking enthusiasts, the Knee Knackering North Shore Trail Run (a challenging 30-mile race along the Baden-Powell Trail from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove) was on Saturday, July 8, 2017 this year. http://www.kneeknacker.com/race-info-course/
Hike #4: Grouse Mountain’s Goat Mountain
Vancouverites are very familiar with the Grouse Grind, a veritcal mountain staircase of almost 3000 steps, but there are many other picturesque Grouse Mountain hikes to enjoy, such as the 8 km Goat Mountain Trail. Averaging 2 hours, with an elevation of 300 meters, this hike is not dog friendly. Its starting point is the top of the ski resort, and offers views of Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Mount Baker, and Garibaldi. https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/goat-mountain/
Hike #5: Lynn Valley’s Lynn Peak
Lynn Valley is a favorite spot for hikers of all levels. The Lynn Peak Trail is 9 km (round trip), averaging 2-3 hours. It’s been compared to the Grouse Grind for it’s incline and cardio aspects, with an elevation gain of 720 meters. It is accessible via public transit and is dog friendly. https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/lynn-peak/
Hike #6: Diez Vistas (10 Views)
Spanish for ’10 views,” Diez Vistas makes its way onto many ‘must do’ hiking guides for its spectacular vistas of Indian Arm as you make your way around Buntzen Lake, just north of Anmore. The trail is 15 km (round trip), averaging 3-4 hours, with an elevation gain of 460 meters. It’s located about an hour’s drive from Vancouver, is accessible via public transit, and is dog friendly. http://www.buntzenlake.ca/diez-vistas/
Hike #7: Sasamat Lake
Sasamat Lake in Belcarra Park is an easy hike with year-round access and includes trails, a beach, and lake swimming perfect for family picnics. The trail is 8 km (round trip), averaging 2 hours, with an elevation gain of 100 meters. It is accessible via public transit and is dog friendly. https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/sasamat-lake/
Hike #8: Elk Mountain
Located in the Fraser Valley, the Elk Mountain trail offers great views of Chilliwack, Cultus Lake, and the Fraser Valley. The trail is 7 km (round trip), averaging 2 hours, with an elevation gain of 800 meters. Elk Mountain is about a 2-hour drive from Vancouver, and is not accessible via public transit. It is a dog friendly trail.
Hike #9: Stawamus Chief
One of Squamish’s most famous landmarks, ‘The Chief’ offers fantastic views of Howe Sound and Garabaldi Provincial Park. There are 3 peaks. The trail is 11 km (round trip), averaging 2-3 hours, with an elevation gain of 600 meters. It is about an hour’s drive from Vancouver, is not accessible via public transit, and is dog friendly. https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/stawamus-chief/
Hike #10: Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park along the waterfront of West Vancouver offers spectacular ocean views and large Douglas Firs. There are multiple trail routes to choose from, averaging 6-7 km (round trip) and 2 hours, with a minimal elevation gain. Lighthouse Park is about a 45-minute drive from Vancouver, is accessible via public transit, and is dog friendly. https://westvancouver.ca/parks-recreation/parks/lighthouse-park