Let me show you the 5 best Vancouver hikes without a car that you can tackle while visiting Vancouver.
This might be the most popular transit accessible hike in Metro Vancouver and there’s a reason for that. The bus drops you off in the small town of Deep Cove over on the North Shore and you can easily walk from the bus stop to the trail head in less than 10 minutes.
Quarry Rock trail is perfect for all ages and skill levels. The trail is very well marked and maintained. Expect a little bit of incline, but nothing that’s going to stop you from enjoying the trail.
Cypress Falls is located in the hills of West Vancouver and it would be easy to miss if you didn’t know where it was. The bus will drop you off only minutes away and you can walk down Woodgreen Place (the name of the street) to get to the trail head.
The trail will end up leading you to a waterfall that, depending on the time of year, will have varying amounts of water rushing from it. This is most definitely an easy hike that might only take you about 30 minutes each way. This isn’t a super popular trail that gets talked about a lot which makes it the perfect place to go for a hike if you’re looking to avoid the crowds.
The Lighthouse Park Hike is a great example of only having to take a 45 minute bus ride from the busy Downtown center to West Vancouver and you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different part of the world.
The views offered at Lighthouse Park are one of the many reasons this area has to be on this list of 5 best Vancouver hikes without a car. I always encourage travellers to visit this place and if you are taking transit from downtown Vancouver you can take the #250 bus and it takes about 45 minutes, but it’s worth it.
If you’ve heard of the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge, this is not that. Lynn Valley Headwaters is it’s own area of Lynn Valley and it has it’s own access separate from the suspension bridge. This is definitely more of the hiking experience than the former with a moderate hike towards Norvan Falls (or the easier Lynn Valley Loop)
This is one of my favorite little hikes because I actually used to live in the area and this was always my go to for my daily walk. It gave me that sense of being out in the wilderness away from the city with a beautiful waterfall at the end, but it only takes about 1 ½ hours round trip and at the time only 10 minutes to drive to.
If you’re staying the Port Moody, Coquitlam or the Port Coquitlam area I would highly recommend checking this one out as an easy no-elevation gain trail to get some exercise.