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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Default The best beginner hikes on Vancouver Island or near Vancouver?

Hello everyone.

Me and my friend (we're two Danish guys, late 20s) are going to Vancouver in the middle of July for approximately a week and would like to do a few hikes. However, while we like hiking, we are both beginners, and are therefore looking at single day hikes at around 5-15 km. each - hikes that will be both beautiful and tough at the end of the day, yet without leaving us for dead somewhere in the wild...

We are planning on going to Stanley Park, and then going to Vancouver Island around Tofino and definitely visiting Ucluelet's Wild Pacific Trail. We also wanted to go to the famous West Coast Trail, but it seems you cannot just do a single day hike there, and the half of full week trek is way above our level.

So, do you have any suggestions? Are we right in going to Vancouver Island around Tofino, Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park? Or should we ratger go to Garibaldi and the likes instead?
(We're planning on going to multiple hikes in one area, since we only have one week to do it.)

Help is very much appreciated - thanks in advance, guys!
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Mount Seymour
Distance (one way): 4km (8km return)
Elevation gain (cumulative): 560m
Shorter option: Pump Peak (the 1st subsummit of 3 on Mt Seymour)

Stawamus Chief (2nd/3rd peak loop)

Distance (return): ~10km
Shorter option: 1st peak only

Sea to Summit Trail (Squamish Gondola)

Distance (one-way): 8km
Elevation gain: ~900m
Download cost: $11.20
Bonus: sit on the deck and buy some food and beer at the top

Tofino - Lone Cone on Meares Island

http://tofinohiatus.com/adventure-hi...-mountain.html

And of course, go for a walk on the endless beaches south of Tofino!

Hope you have a great trip here, there are many options - I highlighted a couple of my favourites that fit your criteria. Do some research - loads of free info on this site and elsewhere. Have fun!
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If you only have a week and want to do multiple trips the Whistler/Vancouver area would be the best bet. It will be busy but beautiful look up The Cheif (best to be done on a weekday), Garibaldi lake, Joffre lakes and close to Vancouver there is Mount Seymour to check out.
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Diez Vista @ Buntzen Lake
Norvan Falls
BP (Lynn Canyon to Deep Cove)
Grouse Grind or BCMC Trail
Greendrop lake
Eagle bluff
St Mark's Summit
Sea to Summit
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Elk-Thurston Mountain
Garibaldi lake
Heather trail @Mannig park
Joffre lakes
Brandywine meadow
Elfin Lakes

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Thank you so very much! Did not expect so many great suggestions already! I will definitely look into them all with my travelling buddy, when we meet again tomorrow for a discussion of the trip.

One more question: Since we are going to stick to one area because of our short time period for hiking, would you personally choose Vancouver Island (Tofino, Ucluelet etc.) or the area north of Vancouver BC (Garibaldi etc.)?
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Della falls on Vancouver island. normaly a 3 day in and out. But I have seen people hike in and out the same day
https://www.clubtread.com/routes/Route.aspx?Route=389

Or

http://www.coastalbc.com/hike/elkrivertrail.htm
is a nice trip.

you can day trip many portions of the Juan De Fuca Marine Trail https://www.clubtread.com/routes/Route.aspx?Route=322

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One more question: Since we are going to stick to one area because of our short time period for hiking, would you personally choose Vancouver Island (Tofino, Ucluelet etc.) or the area north of Vancouver BC (Garibaldi etc.)?
Taking the ferry from the mainland to Vancouver Island is expensive and time consuming. Tofino is nice, but you'll burn almost a day travelling in each direction. I'd recommend staying on the Vancouver side and visiting the local North Shore mountains, with a day trip or two to Squamish/Whistler.
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I'd recommend staying on the Vancouver side and visiting the local North Shore mountains, with a day trip or two to Squamish/Whistler.
Second this.

Pacific Rim is very nice to visit though. Was riding a bike once down the Long Beach & had black bear coming out the rainforest to the surf; was pretty special.
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Possibly some of the best and most varied local hikes available near vancouver are at the Buntzen Lake Recreation area. These range from interesting, easy forest walks along the beautiful lakeshore - Buntzen Lake Loop; Moderate but scenic ridge hikes (Diez Vista); More strenuous climbs (Lindsay Lake Loop/Swan Falls) to higher elevation where excellent views and more wilderness environment are available.

Hopefully you will have a car rented as these trails, and many others on this thread are best accessed with independent transport.

More info on Buntzen lake trails:

http://www.buntzenlake.ca/hiking/
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Second this.

Pacific Rim is very nice to visit though. Was riding a bike once down the Long Beach & had black bear coming out the rainforest to the surf; was pretty special.
3rd this.

Not to Wally One-up, but I was road riding between Ukee and Tofino and a cub popped it's head up in the ditch ahead of me at the same time as a transport was about to pass me. I was already at speed with nowhere to go when momma decided to charge me on a head-on vectoring interception course. I had no alternative other than to turn on the afterburners and try to outsprint her; luckily she had no interest in pursuing me. The whole thing was over in like 8 seconds. The transport driver slowed up next to me and we shared a mobile emphatic "Holy F***!" moment. Not surprisingly I had lots of energy for the return pedal to Tofino....
Good times.
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3rd this.

"Holy F***!" moment. Not surprisingly I had lots of energy for the return pedal to Tofino....
Good times.
I'd say!

yikes, that could've turned out very poorly. Glad it went in your favour

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If you want to focus on hiking, Tofino/Ucluelet is not the place to visit, hiking here is pretty limited and as mentioned it's a lot of travel to get here. If just experiencing the Canadian West coast with a little bit of hiking is what you want then it's definitely worth the trip.
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