Alrighty folks, with the new restrictions for the holidays across BC, we’re going to need to come up with some safe alternatives. Lucky for us, Vancouver has got some incredible trails and parks to explore on a winter walk this December. Grab your raincoat and let’s see what’s out there!
Here are 8 great options for a winter walk around Vancouver this year.
This massive park separating UBC from Vancouver might not be the most scenic, but it’s likely the most secluded. Wander through this heavily forested area, while keeping your eyes peeled for some local birds (it’s a popular bird-watching destination).
Stanley Park is one of, if not the most, famous parks in all of Canada. And, it’s for good reason. This urban oasis offers all sorts of views and has a great variety of pathways to explore. Stick to the outer path for the classic tourist experience. Or, duck into the trees to save some time and see a different part of it.
While Queen Elizabeth is perhaps better known for all the amenities and activities it offers, you can’t deny that it is still a great place to wander around for a couple of hours. Plus, the view from the highest point is second to none in the city, offering the Vancouver skyline against a backdrop of the North Shore mountains.
We think Jericho is the biggest sleeper-hit beach in the entire city. Not only do you get a serious amount of uninterrupted waterfront paths, but you can also wander around the park itself and relax beside a tree. There’s a reason why Jericho is usually our first pick if we want to spend 30 minutes somewhere just relaxing.
Maybe you’re feeling a little more urban right now. Not a problem, and we’re recommending you head down to Granville Island and the surrounding False Creek area. False Creek’s paths are surprisingly nice for an afternoon stroll, and Granville’s light displays will be up throughout the holidays.
Luckily, the North Shore is part of Vancouver Coastal Health, so you can still access their amazing outdoors. Lighthouse Park might be a quintessential pick, but it’s absolutely worth going and seeing for yourself. Bonus points if you manage to time your visit with golden hour since you’ll get a unique view of downtown Vancouver.
This park features a bunch of trails alongside the stunning Capilano River and offers some nice elevation changes if you’re wanting something a tiny bit more challenging. Plus, you’ll be able to check out the Cleveland Dam, which every resident should see at least once.
Speaking of elevation changes, Mt. Seymour is probably the most ‘involved’ pick for a winter walk on this list. The location means that you might even run into some snowy conditions, so be prepared before you head over. Once there, you’ll be treated to an amazing network of trails, including the much-loved Dog Mountain.
And that’s our roundup of some amazing places to go on a winter walk around Vancouver this year! Make sure you’re properly prepared for whatever you end up picking, folks!