Getting Outside in Vancouver, BC – Part 1

Vancouver, BC has been my home for a number of years. I fell in love with it during a visit long ago and subsequently moved here. Since then my relationship with Van City has fluctuated. I have been loyal and loving towards it and then swung to the other end, hating it even. In my defence that when I returned after my 7 months of travel when I did not want to be back…but still, I saw it with new eyes. Since then I have settled somewhere in between, seeing it not strictly as a city of paradise nor a pompous facade of a city. It has its flaws and benefits, with the latter overshadowing the former in my view. Yet despite my relationship with this city a few things have been constant – it is has a beauty to it since nature is so close and that there are plenty of places to see outside.

So I have constructed a list of a few trails and paths around town. Part 1 will be of places within the City of Vancouver proper (not the Greater Vancouver area which encompasses an number of cities). Part 2 will be places from Greater Vancouver. This list is by no means extensive nor will I have been to all of them. Maybe some of them but not all. Let’s go outside Vancouver!

Siwash Rock along Vancouver’s Seawall (Stanley Park) – Photo credit: Bitan BanerjeeSiwash Vancouver SeawallCC BY-SA 4.0


  • The Seawall – a 22 km /13.7 mile waterfront path
    • Begins at Vancouver’s Convention Centre by Burrard Inlet, meanders along the perimeter of Stanley Park, continues on though English Bay Park onto False Creek, past Granville Island to Vanier Park and concludes in Kitsilano Beach
    • Open to walkers, joggers, cyclists, and inline skaters
    • Cycling trails continue on from Kitsilano Beach through the perimeter of Pacific Spirit Park and further
    • The Seawall can is easily reached from various places in Vancouver
    • The Aquabus connects many points on the Seawall within False Creek
  • PARK TRAILS – A few parks have marked trails that you can enjoy
    • Trout Lake Trail Walk – Located in John Hendry Park
      • 1.2 km / .75 miles around Trout Lake
      • The walk is wheelchair accessible
    • Pacific Spirit Park – located near UBC (University of BC)
      • Has over 55 km /34 miles of marked trails, many forested. Dogs are allowed on-leash
      • Has parking lots and public transit
    • Stanley Park – arguably one of the best urban parks around
      • 27 km / 16.5 miles of forest trails to feel as if you are away from the city
      • Cathedral Trail Boardwalk to admire (and protect) the ecosystem
      • The Seawall covers the perimeter of Stanley Park
    • Langara Loop – A trail around Langara Golf Course
      • a 2.7 km / 1.6 mile loop around the perimeter of Langara Golf Course
      • Mainly mulch and dirt
      • North end of trail is near Langara -49th Canada Line Station
    • Hastings Park – A park filled with all sorts of activities to partake in
      • Numerous marked paths for walking and cycling
    • Riverfront Park Walk – South Vancouver near Fraser River Park
      • 2.4 km / 1.5 miles in one direction
      • leisurely and easy trail

So there are a few places with measured and marked trails. Of course you can always meander through any of the parks in the city as well.

Please note that some parks and trails may be closed or have restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

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  1. I used to jog the trout Lake park route several times a week when I lived 150m from it. Nice place at all times of year.


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