Below is a list of the top and leading bushwalks in Vancouver. To help you find the bushwalks located near you in Vancouver, we put together our list based on this rating points list.
Vancouver’s Best Bushwalks:
The top-rated bushwalks in Vancouver:
- Stanley Park – has a 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest.
- Pacific Spirit Regional Park – offers a network of trails contained in more than 750 hectares of forest located.
- UBC Botanical Garden – has a total collection of approximately 120,000 accessioned plants.
- VanDusen Botanical Garden – has a diverse birdlife of over 100 species living in a variety of unique habitats.
- Cypress Falls – the perfect hike to do during the winter months.
First on the list is Stanley Park. It is Vancouver’s first, largest, and most beloved urban park. Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the urban landscape of the city. Visitors can enjoy the 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest and enjoy scenic views of the water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park’s famous Seawall. Discover kilometers of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, great eats, natural, cultural, and historical landmarks, along with many other adventures. The park also offers a wide range of unforgettable experiences for all ages and interests, including the country’s largest aquarium.
Trails, Beautiful Beaches, Local Wildlife, etc.
Address: Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
Phone: 604 681 6728
“Beautiful park. Good place to walk around specially when there is sunshine. Good playground for kids and for everyone. 🙂” – Vincent
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Pacific Spirit Regional Park offers a network of trails contained in more than 750 hectares of forest located in the University Endowment Lands, on Point Grey to the west of the city. The park contains over 73 km of walking and hiking trails which 50 km of it are designated multi-use and available for cycling and horseback riding as well. The trails in the park are popular with local residents and accessible all year-round. The best way to see the park is to view the park map and determine one’s own route. Visitors should be careful of mountain bikers and horseback riders who also share the multi-use trails in this section of the park.
Address: 5495 Chancellor Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1E4
Phone: 604 224 5739
“Plenty of trails to choose from for various activities; nature walks, dog walking, cycling and hiking. If you like more technical hikes, this wouldn’t be for you. Low elevation and gravel trails. It is nice and convenient for it being in a bustling city. Very busy though even on a rainy day. There are 🚻 (actual washrooms not outhouses) spread throughout. Parking is street parking which can be limited depending on where you enter from.” – Azian Gypsy
UBC Botanical Garden
The University of British Colombia Botanical Garden is the country’s oldest university botanic garden. It was established in 1916 under the directorship of John Davidson, British Columbia’s first provincial botanist. They have a living and growing repository of plants representing the biodiversity of selected native and exotic temperate ecosystems. The total collection of approximately 120,000 accessioned plants represents some 6,000 taxa and includes significant collections of Magnolia, Acer (maples), Sorbus (mountain ash, Styracaceae (storax family), Rhododendron, and climbing plants. The Botanical Garden provides resources to researchers, students, and the public that reach far beyond its collections to provide a window into the species, ecosystems, and genetic diversity of the natural world.
Address: Administration Bldg, 6804 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604 822 4208
“beautiful plants, lots of variety and educational signs. the Treewalk is a lot of fun and definitely a good addition to the park. spotted some frogs while sitting near the Garden Pavilion!” – Jessica Chan
VanDusen Botanical Garden
The VanDusen Botanical Garden (VBGA) was created in 1966 by a group of gardening enthusiasts keen to see a public garden built on the site of the former Shaughnessy Golf Course. This group advocated and lobbied for the creation of what became the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Visitors can also discover VanDusen Botanical Garden’s diverse bird life of over 100 species living in a variety of unique habitats. Swallows, tanagers & many migratory birds visit VanDusen & Vancouver backyards after an amazing flyway journey from Central & South America.
Address: 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
Phone: 604 257 8463
“Winter review. A quiet, relaxing place, great for clearing your mind. The two ponds are nice and the maze was fun. The flowers are not out during this time of year but are still worth the visit. I think 1 hour was enough time to see the whole grounds.” – Leonard Fong
Last on the list is Cypress Falls. It is the perfect hike to do during the winter months when other trails at higher elevations are buried under snow. Just a short walk will take visitors through a dense forest full of old Cedar and Douglas Fir trees while following Cypress Creek up past two beautiful waterfalls. The hiking trail winds through forests of Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees covered in moss from the moist environment. Just a little further along the trail and at the bottom of a short hill is a viewpoint of the lower Cypress Falls from a rocky viewing area.
Hiking Trails & Waterfalls
Address: Woodgreen Pl, West Vancouver, BC V7S 2V6
Phone: 604 925 7275
“So many waterfalls!! The hike is waterfall after waterfall, which was incredible! Venture off the main path a bit, and you’ll see even more! What a wonderful park.” – Monica Moore