It’s the time for summer hikes and adventures in #pnw . Whether you are visiting BC or a local, here are 5 of my favourite hikes.
For the Instagram Worthy : Joffre Lakes
If you are all about that IG picture, head over to Joffre Lakes. I would highly recommend going to all three lakes. There is lower, middle and upper lake and middle lake is where all those stunning photos are taken. While you’re there, take a dip in the glacier water or walk out on the trunk and dive bomb into the lake.
If you are feeling extra adventurous, there is a rope swing to the right of the middle lake. Be warned, the water is icy cold but definitely worth the plunge.
For the stunning lake and campers: Garibaldi Lake
Pack up your bags and head on up to Garibaldi Lake. There are camp sites there for booking so you can pack your bags and hike up to the site. The hike up is a round trip 18km. Definitely do-able in a single day so it’s worth it, or if you are camping you can explore other trails in the provincial park like Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk. I have yet to do those but on my list for sure! If you have, please share your experiences below.
For the off-the-beaten-path Waterfall Chasers: Sawblade Falls
This is a definite hidden waterfall called Sawblade Falls in Burke Mountain, Coquitlam. This trail is by far one of the hardest one to find but when you’re there it’s quite beautiful. It’s definitely not packed like Norvan Falls or Brandywine Falls. The hike itself is about a 4 hour round trip and be sure to follow signs. They are hand written not printed!
I would highly recommend checking and leaving this blog opened. It shows photos of signs to look out for and approximate timing as well!
For the Pleasant Strolls with Rewarding View: Quarry Rock
This is for you! An easy hike approximately 1 – 1.5 hour round trip to Quarry Rock from the base. Situated in Deep Cove, this trail is a definite hot spot in Vancouver. Parking is an absolute nightmare so if you see a spot, snatch it. I promise you, it will be gone when you loop back around. (Happened to me on several occasions). Reward yourself with an amazing view and then head off to Honey Doughnuts, the original is by far my favourite. While you’re there take a stroll around the park or even rent a paddle board or kayak at Deep Cove Kayak to wrap up the day!
For the Easy Breezy Beautiful Hikers: Lighthouse Park
Stunning views of the pacific ocean. That instagram photo? You got it. Lighthouse Park is a pleasant walk with your dog or for photo opportunities. It overlooks the Pacific Ocean and it’s definitely one to visit if you are a local or traveling to Vancouver.
Those are my top picks for Greater Vancouver Region. Let me know down below what your top picks are for BC or anywhere else that you live!