Ah, yes, spring is in the air, and we finally have that extra hour of daylight, which means it’s the perfect time to get excited about hiking again. While there are plenty of options on this list that are open year-round, there are a handful of trails that open in just a few short weeks – and they’re definitely worth the wait. So with that in mind, here are 8 of the best spots for spring hikes to check out in BC this upcoming season.

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 checking current weather conditions and safety measures at BC Parks.

The Stawamus Chief

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: April to October
Distance: 1.8 km to the third peak

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: 30 minutes to the upper falls

Little Qualicum Falls

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.

When: April to October
Distance: 6 km round-trip

East Similkameen Trail

Situated in E.C. Manning Park, this trail is one of 38 extensive trails you can explore in the area, taking hikers from the Similkameen River on the Windy Joe Trail to Castle Creek. Note that the bridge over Castle Creek is currently closed, so this is an out-and-back trail.

Experienced hikers can embark on the 22 km alpine trail up Mount Frosty, or explore one of the “easy” or “moderate” trails, like the beautiful Strawberry Flats, Viewpoint Loop, East Similkameen, or Lightning Lake Loop trails.

When: Open year-round
Distance: 9.4 km round trip

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Lindeman Lake 

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.

When: April to October
Distance: 3.4 km round-trip

Nairn Falls

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Photo via BC Parks

Situated between Whistler and Pemberton, Nairn Falls is the shortest hike on this list, making it easy to accomplish in a day. At only an hour and a half round trip, you get to experience not one, but two stunning waterfalls. Bring a little snack to eat near the second for a nice picnic.

When: May to September
Distance: 3 km

Garibaldi Lake

Probably one of the most well-known trails in British Columbia, Garibaldi Lake has everything the outdoors enthusiast could ask for. You’ve got glaciers, you’ve got mountains, you’ve got a gorgeous lake. If you need somewhere to cool off this summer, you’ve got plenty of options with this hike.

When: Year-round
Distance: 18 km round-trip

Brandywine Falls

If you’re in the mood for some Twin Peaks vibes later this spring, Brandywine Falls has what you’re after. In between Whistler and Squamish, you can check out this beautiful 70-metre-high waterfall. A quick trail brings you to the viewing platform that allows you to see the whole falls in their majesty.

When: Reopens in May
Distance: 1 km round trip

And that’s a wrap on some stunning spring hikes to go on in BC. Happy adventuring!