While the cold months often present the most challenges when it comes to doing things outdoors, BC is blessed with a handful of provincial parks and trails that remain open year-round, some of which are even more enchanting come wintertime. So whether you want to hop on some cross-country skis or snowshoe to some frozen waterfalls, here are 7 magical hikes you can go on in BC this winter.
If you’re good with steeper elevation changes, Mt. Seymour is a stunning pick for a winter hike. The location means that you might even run into some (very) snowy conditions, so come prepared and check the current weather conditions before you head over. Once there, you’ll be treated to an amazing network of trails, including the much-loved Dog Mountain.
Where: North Vancouver
This stunning year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts truly has it all – from refreshing mineral pools and glacier-fed lakes to one of the most spectacular frozen waterfalls in the province. The fourth tallest waterfall in Canada, Helmcken Falls transforms into a massive cone of ice, created by the crashing of its cold water onto its base. The result is truly a feast for your eyes!
Where: Clearwater, BC
Situated just five minutes away from Pemberton, this is the perfect day-trip destination or place to stop before heading to Garibaldi Lake this winter. The relatively flat trail follows the Green River to two 60-metre-high falls, which build up with ice inside its granite chasm during the colder months.
Where: Pemberton, BC
Located in the Chilliwack Provincial Park, the Lindeman Lake Trail is perhaps the most beautiful in the fall and winter months. Wind your way through the forest on this out-and-back trail, with a gorgeous lake rewarding your efforts. At just 3.5km, this hike can be accomplished in only a couple of hours.
Where: Chilliwack Provincial Park
Right beside Cultus Lake, Teapot Hill is one of those hikes where you won’t be bummed out if visibility isn’t great. Why? Because there are tons of actual teapots dotting the landscape on the trail. This makes it an especially enjoyable journey, come rain, shine, or snow. Plus, the porcelain-foliage combo is just so darned cool.
Where: Cultus Lake Provincial Park
One of the longest trails we’re recommending is also one that includes a waterfall! This iconic North Shore hike is between Grouse and Seymour, runs alongside a river, and ends with a very nice waterfall to take in. Plus, those looking for an extra challenge can opt for a side trail with more rugged terrain on the way out or coming back.
Where: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park
Now, we come to Cypress Falls in West Vancouver. With dog-friendly trails and a handful of scenic viewpoints, this pick is great if you’re looking for an accessible frozen waterfall hike near the city. Its low elevation means that the trails are less likely to be blanketed in snow, so no need to bust out any fancy winter gear.
Where: West Vancouver, BC
And that’s a wrap on some scenic winter hikes you can go on in BC this season. Enjoy and stay safe!