Summer is a great time to get out and explore the wonderful world around us. With dozens of trails that weave through forests of Douglas Firs and Western Cedars trees, past waterfalls, over wooden bridges, and up onto rocky outcrops that offer stunning views, the North Shore is a hiker’s paradise. The terrain around the North Shore is very mountainous and heavily wooded as dense forests line the hills from the tops of the residential areas. With the close proximity to the city, the often-challenging trails provide a good workout, excellent scenery while leaving plenty of time in ones day to schedule other activities. Here is a list of some DOG FRIENDLY hiking spots on the North Shore. Some are quite close to our clinic, located on Mt. Seymour Parkway, and only 5 minutes from Deep Cove.
Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon
The Baden Powell trail from Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge passes through the North Shore’s scenic forest and crosses numerous rivers.
Baden Powell Lynn Canyon to Grouse
The Baden Powell trail from Lynn Canyon to the base of Grouse Mountain passes alongside the steep forest trails of North Vancouver.
The BCMC Trail is a steep workout that is east of the Grouse Grind and runs parallel from the base to the chalet at the top.
Brothers Creek Loop
A beautiful hike through a forest of western red cedars and a spectacular waterfall highlight Brothers Creek Loop.
Capilano Pacific Trail
The Capilano Pacific Trail is a scenic hike that follows the Capilano River on the North Shore from Ambleside Beach to Cleveland Dam.
A short hike through Cypress Falls Park takes you past two waterfalls and a grove of old growth Douglas Fir and Cedar trees.
A short hike into the backcountry behind Grouse Mountain, the trails to Dam Mountain offer a good workout and scenic views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
A spectacular view of Vancouver can be seen from Dog Mountain, a short trail that starts from Mount Seymour on the North Shore.
The hike to Eagle Bluffs in West Vancouver takes you past scenic views in the Cypress Mountain area, by Cabin Lake, and over top of Black Mountain before reaching the final breathtaking view.
A picturesque hike that starts from the top of the Grouse Mountain Ski Resort, Goat Mountain offers a great view of Vancouver as well as a full panoramic view of the backcountry terrain.
The trails around Goldie Lake on top of Mount Seymour offer a family friendly hike that loops through the forest and around nearby Flower Lake.
Hanes Valley Trail
The Hanes Valley Trail is a very steep, difficult hiking route that starts in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and ends at Grouse Mountain.
Scenic views of Burrard Inlet, Georgia Strait, Grouse Mountain, and the Lions await hikers at the peak of Hollyburn Mountain.
Located along the shores of West Vancouver, Lighthouse Park offers a variety of trails and scenic viewpoints of Burrard Inlet.
Little Goat Mountain
Little Goat Mountain is located in the backcountry trails behind Grouse Mountain and can be done as a short side trip combined with other hiking routes.
The network of trails around Lower Hollyburn on Cypress Mountain passes Blue Gentian Lake, West Lake, and First Lake while passing through scenic North Shore forests.
A short hike that journeys through the forest in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and returns along Lynn Creek.
A steep trail in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park with a great view, Lynn Peak is a great hike close to the city.
Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is a popular bird watching park in North Vancouver that is managed by the Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia.
A panoramic view of Vancouver, Indian Arm, and the surrounding Coastal Mountain range can be seen from the top of Mount Seymour.
A waterfall located in the lush green forests of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, Norvan Falls is the perfect hike that can be completed just about anytime throughout the year.
Located near the community of Deep Cove, Quarry Rock offers a scenic view of Indian Arm and the mountains around Belcarra.
Rice Lake is a calm, quiet lake located on the edge of the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver.
St Mark’s Summit
The first peak along the Howe Sound Crest Trail from Cypress Mountain, St. Mark’s Summit offers a scenic view of Howe Sound.
Thunderbird Ridge is a relatively quick hike from the top of Grouse Mountain that offers scenic views of Crown Mountain, Kennedy Lake, and the city of Vancouver on a clear day.
Two Canyon Loop
Two Canyon Loops passes through the Seymour River Canyon and Lynn Creek Canyon on the North Shore.
Whyte Lake is a peaceful lake in West Vancouver that follows Nelson Creek and passes through a forest with several old-growth Douglas Firs.
Whytecliff Park is located along the rugged coastline of Howe Sound in West Vancouver and has scenic views of the surrounding mountains and passing boats.
IF YOU ARE BRINGING YOUR POOCH, DON’T FORGET PLENTY OF WATER!