Active Vancouver

Active Vancouver offers the reader a variety of pursuits—cycling, trail running, hiking, snowshoeing, paddling, walking, and nature treks—all within a day trip of Vancouver, British Columbia, one of the most vibrant urban regions in the world for access to recreational green space.

The myriad activities featured in this unique guidebook are for locals and tourists alike who have beginner to intermediate skills in each sport. Here you’ll find all the year-round information needed to plan a fun, energetic and educational adventure day in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Readers are able to scan activities quickly for timing, distance, elevation and accessibility. Equally important, each activity also provides an “Eco-Insight” into the natural history of the locale to give the user a deeper connection with the environment.

Complete with colour photographs and maps, Active Vancouver is the ultimate resource for both exciting and family-friendly outdoor recreation in and around Vancouver throughout the year.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Active Vancouver 1
Contents 7
Acknowledgements 11
Metro Vancouver Overview Map 14
“Go Further” Overview Map 17
Active Vancouver: An Introduction 18
A Recreation-in-Nature Philosophy 21
How to Use This Book 23
Activity Headings 23
Outdoor Ethics 26
Activity Planning 26
Weather 27 28
Go Further 28
Safety & Security Planning 29
Ten Essentials for Activity Safety 30
Safety Equipment Specific for Water Activities 31
Quick Safety Check for Proceeding 32
Suggested Reading, Resources,Media & Organizations 33
Trail Running 37
Burnaby Lake Regional Park Trail Loop 40
Locarno Beach at Low Tide 44
Campbell Valley Regional Park in Fall Colours 48
Brunswick Point & Beyond 52
Minnekhada Regional Park Loop 57
Lynn Loop at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park 61
Go Further: Crippen Regional Park Loop on Bowen Island 65
Hiking 70
Deep Cove’s Quarry Rock & Indian Arm Lookout 73
Capilano Canyon Regional Park Forest & River Loop 78
Lighthouse Park Forest & Ocean Edge Loop 83
Cypress Mountain to Black Mountain Summit Hike 89
Whyte Lake in West Vancouver 94
Cypress Falls Temperate Forest Hike 99
Go Further: Stawamus Chief South Summit Challenge in Squamish 104
Snowshoeing 109
Mount Seymour’s Dog Mountain Trail & Overlook 112
Mount Seymour’s Dinky Peak City View Loop 117
Cypress Mountain’s Bowen Lookout over Howe Sound 122
Cypress Mountain’s Hollyburn Peak & Lions View 127
Go Further: Paul Ridge toward Diamond Head & Elfin Lakes – Squamish 131
Cycling 135
Boundary Bay Dyke Bike 138
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Pathway to Old-Growth Forest & Hatchery 143
Point Roberts, WA, International Cycle Loop 147
Traboulay PoCo Trail Loop 152
Vancouver Biennale Art Ride 156
Richmond Bike Loop onTrails…or Mostly So 160
Vancouver Seawall: Canada Place to Kits Pool 164
Fraser Valley Local Food & Wine Tour 169
Go Further: Lochside Trail from Swartz Bay to Victoria 174
Paddling 179
The Vancouver Shoreline 181
Buntzen Lake Paddle to the North End 185
Deep Cove Crossing to Belcarra Regional Park 190
Deep Cove Crossing to Jug Island 195
Nicomekl Lazy River Paddle 200
Go Further: Widgeon Slough & Falls at Pitt Lake 205
Other Adventures 210
Swimming at Sasamat Lake in Belcarra Park 212
Walking on Salt Spring Island 217
Rowing Sculls on Deas Slough in Ladner 222
Inline Skating at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve 227
Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Deep Cove 231
Mountain Biking on the North Shore 235
Go Further: Skate/Classic Cross-Country Skiing in Whistler’s Callaghan Valley 240
Go Further: Rock Climbing & Bouldering in Squamish 245
Active Picnic Adventures 250
Admiralty Point in Belcarra Regional Park 256
Barnston Island on the Fraser River 259
Kanaka Creek in Maple Ridge 260
Derby Reach Regional Park in Langley 262
Hollyburn Lodge on Cypress Mountain 263
Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver 265
Final Thoughts 267
Appendix A: Bioregional Quiz 268
Appendix B: Activities Sorted by Region 274
Appendix C: Dog-Friendly Activities 280
Appendix D: Group Activities 282
Appendix E: Activities Sorted by Difficulty Level 286
Bibliography 289
Index 290
About the Author 295