Spring is here and there is no better time to get outside and soak in the much-needed sunshine. Now that the days are longer and warmer, my goal for the summer is to explore some of southern British Columbia’s best hikes. So far, the ones below are taking the lead.
Mount Daniel – Pender Harbour (Sunshine Coast)
This hike is perfect if you want epic views and a good/short workout. The 3km hike up is a bit steep and takes approximately 40 minutes to an hour, but when you get to the top, the view will be worth it.
To get here: Take a 40 minute ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Langdale (Sunshine Coast). After docking in Langdale, drive for approximately one hour (70 km) up the coast on Highway 101. Turn left on Garden Bay Road. Follow Garden Bay Road for approximately 3.5 km. When you reach Oyster Bay Road on your left, go just past it approximately one more minute and there will be a dirt road/trail on the left hand side. Park there or on the side of the road and begin your hike up!
Diez Vistas- Buntzen Lake (Port Moody)
East of Port Moody, this 15km hike around Bunzten Lake has ten beautiful viewpoints of Deep Cove, the North Shore Mountains, downtown Vancouver, and Bunzten Lake. Visit here for directions.
Garibaldi Lake – Garibaldi Provincial Park (Squamish/Whistler)
If you are fit and leave relatively early, this can be a day hike. I prefer to camp up here though, so I can actually enjoy the scenery. Round trip from the parking lot is 18km. The first 6km of the hike are switchbacks through the forest, but once you reach the turquoise waters of Garibaldi Lake, you are dying to jump in and cool yourself down. Easy to do so in this glacier fed lake! Only downside to this hike: the crowds of people that flock here. Leave early or on a weekday and you have a better chance of getting a camping spot.
To get here: Head north on Highway 99 towards Whistler. Approximately 30 ams past Squamish, there will be a well marked sign for Black Tusk (Garibaldi) on your right hand side. Stick to the right when the road forks and drive for 2 kms. You will arrive at Rubble Creek trailhead. Park in the parking lot if you’re lucky or on the side of the road.
Elphinstone – Gibsons (Sunshine Coast)
Quiet trails, a few waterfalls, and great views of the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, Tetrahedron, and the Tantalus mountain range. The great thing about this trail is no one else will be up there with you and you get to enjoy your lunch on top of a helicopter launch pad, while gazing out over snow-capped peaks.
Know some other great trails to explore? Let me know in the comments below!