As we continue to adjust to the new normal during Phase 2 of the COVID-19 health crisis, getting outdoors to explore local parks and trails is an excellent way to destress and get some exercise – as long as it’s done responsibly. Some parks are open for day use, while other popular parks in the Lower Mainland that have not reopened. Be sure to check before you trek! With that in mind, the Green Coast team is here to share our recommendations for favourite trails and parks in the Metro Vancouver area!
Eamonn is a mountain biker fanatic, and recommends the vast network of mountain bike trails on the local mountains – Seymour, Cypress, Fromme – but says Seymour is truly his fave!
The Grouse Grind is a fab workout too when it opens!
Katie loves the picturesque beauty of the hike to NorVan Falls, a waterfall located in the forests of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.
Ferdi is also a big fan of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. One of the most popular trails there is Lynn Loop, a short easy hike that takes you up through the forest before looping back along the rushing water of Lynn Creek. Currently, Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is open to visitors; however, the parking lot remains closed.
Jake recommends an easy hiking trail at Sasamat Lake which goes all around the lake – the Sasamat Lake Loop Trail. It’s a good one, and in the summer you can bring your bathing suit or fishing rod for some post-hike fun. Watch for signage as this trail has been marked as one way for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mike’s fave is the amazing North Shore Capilano Canyon which is the home of the stunning Cleveland Dam and the Capilano Reservoir. Trail options include the easy Coho Loop or the more extensive Capilano Pacific Trail.
West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park cannot be forgotten with stunning views, beaches, sea walk, and the skate park as an attraction.
KC enjoys Baden Powell Trail. This 22 km trail is dog friendly and meanders through West Vancouver. Please note that the 12 km portion of the Baden Powell trail between Deep Cove and Lynn Canyon Park is currently closed.
Liam’s go-to is Lynn Canyon Park, a beautiful and popular location on the North Shore. Currently, the Ecology Centre, Suspension Bridge, Lynn Canyon Cafe, and the main parking lots on the west side of Lynn Canyon Park are closed to limit the spread of Covid-19. The stairs leading to Twin Falls on the west side of Lynn Creek are also closed for a rebuild.
Recommendations include choosing a park in your own neighbourhood and keeping a physical distance of 2 metres from others to avoid spreading this highly contagious disease. When you go outdoors, plan a day trip, stick close to home on well-marked trails, and make sure to pack the right provisions and clothing for the weather. Now is not the time to venture into the wilderness potentially putting search-and-rescue volunteers in a position to be exposed to COVID-19.
Stay safe out there and enjoy the fresh air!