With the last month of summer nearly here, now’s as good a time as any to head outdoors on your next date. Even better? Wow your date with a special hike and lookout point – BC has many to choose from! From challenging waterfall adventures to easier strolls through the wilderness, here are 8 of the most beautiful hikes to enjoy on your next date.
What’s more romantic than standing under a cascading waterfall with your date? For one of the most scenic waterfall hikes, head just past Whistler. Nairn Falls are around 60 meters tall and feature two amazing falls. The cool part about these falls is there is no visible connection between the second and third falls. Why? Well, because later in the season the water travels underneath a natural rock wall.
Where: Nairn Falls Provincial Park, Whistler
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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.
Where: Cultus Lake Provincial Park, BC
The hike to Lindeman Lake is short and sweet at only two hours roundtrip – plus, it’s dog-friendly! If you prefer to avoid the crowds at Cultus Lake but still enjoy the area around Chilliwack Lake, this is for you.
The beach area of Lindeman Lake is the perfect spot to cool off and enjoy some crystal blue water. For folks who want to go a little further, it only takes about 30 minutes to get to the beautiful Greendrop Lake – just a hop, skip (over a boulder field), and jump (past a couple of log bridges) away.
Where: Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, BC
These cute falls are also located on Vancouver Island and are super easy to get to! Near Qualicum Beach and Parksville, take the well-groomed path and check out the wonderful falls. The loop trail also allows you to check out the many different cascades and pools of these gorgeous falls.
Where: Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, Vancouver Island
For those up for a more challenging but no less rewarding adventure, you can’t do much better than Helm Lake. A long hike that winds around a few lakes south of Whistler, the trail offers views of a few iconic BC mountains, including Black Tusk. There’s also a campsite on the trail, making it easy for those who want to extend their stay and explore the area.
Where: Garibaldi Provincial Park, BC
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.
Where: North Shore, BC
Our last waterfall pick is Myra Falls, and if you’re heading out to Vancouver Island this summer, then this needs to be number 1 on your list of hikes. You can pick two trails for Myra Falls, and both are worth it. The lower trail gives you a great view of the falls themselves. On the other hand, the upper trail features a vista of the lake below. It’s a toss-up, but we say check out the lower one.
Where: Comox-Strathcona Regional District, Vancouver Island
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If you can’t get out of the city, no worries. As it turns out, UBC’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park is actually a great spot to hit the trails, no matter your skill level. 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.
Where: Vancouver, BC
So there you have it, Vancouver! If you’re looking to get outdoors on your next date, your scenic adventure may very well start here.