Ah, yes, spring is in the air, and that can only mean one thing. It’s only a matter of time until you decide to load up and check out some amazing spring hikes around Vancouver. We’re right there alongside you. In fact, we’ve got a list of amazing ones to check out! From easy strolls to day trips, there are tons of options to check out.

Before we get into it, we should let you know that spring hikes around Vancouver often come with unforeseen difficulties related to trail conditions and weather. Before heading out, we recommend using the Vancouver Trails website to get the best rundown. Plus, some of these trails (like Quarry Rock) are closed due to public health restrictions until further notice.

Here are 12 of the best spots for spring hiking near Vancouver.

Big Cedar and Kennedy Falls Trail

Starting North of Lynn Valley, this trail winds through the forest before stopping at the gorgeous Kennedy Falls. A fun part of this one is the Big Cedar- a roughly 600-year-old tree that is one of the few in the area that wasn’t logged. Hikes around Vancouver don’t get much cooler than this one.

When: Probably open around late April or early May
Distance: 10km round trip
Difficulty: Intermediate

The Stawamus Chief

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This trail actually shares part of the Sea to Summit Trail, so make sure you’re following the signs. Start at the stunning Shannon Falls, then get ready to walk up the Chief before getting that picture-perfect view of Howe Sound. You can do just the lower peak, or climb all three, depending on your mood.

When: Probably late April or early May
Distance: 11km round-trip
Difficulty: Intermediate

Cypress Falls

Another North Shore classic, Cypress Falls is an easy, year-round walk that sees two different waterfalls. Word to the wise, do not mess around at Cypress Falls, the area near the cliff may have eroded and loose dirt could give way.

When: Open year-round
Distance: 3km round trip
Difficulty: Easy

Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest

A quiet path that winds through a moss-covered forest around Brohm Lake. Great for those who just want to get out for the day and mess around in nature. Multiple paths are available, but we suggest just doing the outer loop.

When: Open late April or early May
Distance: Up to 7.5km round trip
Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate

Tunnel Bluffs

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A relatively challenging hike that starts just north of Lions Bay and includes exposed rock sections. There are solid viewpoints, and the final one makes the mud more than worth it.

When: Probably late May or early June
Distance: 6km round-trip
Difficulty: Intermediate

Crooked Falls

A gorgeous hike that ends at an incredible waterfall. There are several scenic viewpoints of the Squamish Valley throughout and it is a great remote hike near Vancouver to get you warmed up for later in the summer.

When: Open late April or early May
Distance: 6k round trip
Difficulty: Intermediate

Minnekhada Regional Park

A year-round park on the outskirts of Coquitlam. Another great summer warmup hike near Vancouver, and one that offers a little different view as Minnekhada is mostly marshlands. Good for looking for wildlife, too.

When: Open year-round
Distance: 10km round trip
Difficulty: Easy

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

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If you can’t get out of the city, no worries. Because it turns out, UBC’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park is actually a great spot to hit the trails. You can walk through wooded trails and also down to the beach if you feel like it. That means you can make your hike as long or as short as you’d like.

When: Open year-round
Distance: 10km round trip
Difficulty: Easy

Quarry Rock

The classic day hike, and definitely one of the most popular spring hikes around Vancouver. Not much to be said about it, except that the view at the top is exceptional and you should bring some Honey Doughnuts with you.

When: Open year-round
Distance: 3.8km round trip
Difficulty: Easy

Teapot Hill

This easy hike is located within Cultus Lake Provincial Park and is great for hikers of all ages. As the name suggests, there are actually teapots hidden along the trail. And there are some pretty great views at the end.

When: Open year-round
Distance: 5km
Difficulty: Easy

Sea to Summit Trail

Why pay money to take the Sea to Sky Gondola when you can just walk up? That’s our mentality, at least. This winding trail features almost a km of elevation gain and includes a little bit of scrambling, so prepare accordingly. Spring, summer, fall, doesn’t matter the season, this is undoubtedly some of the best hiking around Vancouver.

When: Late April or early May
Difficulty: Intermediate to hard

Stanley Park

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Finally, we’ll cap the list with this no-brainer. Stanley Park might seem like an easy guess but it’s often overlooked. After all, there are trails, forests, beaches, and the sea wall to explore. So don’t assume you’ve seen it all because you probably haven’t.

When: Open year-round
Distance: The park is 4.049 km²
Difficulty: Easy

And that’s our guide to the best spring hiking near Vancouver! Now get out there and make some memories, team.