It’s no secret that Vancouverites love being outdoors and why wouldn’t they? It is literally at their doorstep. Everyone knows about Stanley Park but if you’re wanting to go on an easy hike away from the city without having to travel too far, then Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a good bet!
I had the pleasure of discovering Pacific Spirit Park myself this weekend and it was a welcome escape from the city. What a great place to discover things great and small at your own leisurely pace.
Located just west of the city on the university endowment lands, the park is easily accessed by car and bus. There is over 70km of forest trails to explore over mostly flat terrain so is well suited for all levels of hikers. You’ll find many local residents jogging through the trails. The park is also dog friendly with both on-leash and off-leash areas. As a bonus, you can even visit UBC and some its sites and museums which lies just beyond the park. Pacific Spirit Regional Park may be a bit of a hidden treasure, but now you’re in on the secret. Happy hiking!
- Hours and information
- Park map
- Difficulty: Easy
- Season: Year-Round
- Camping: No
- Dog Friendly: Yes (see trail map for details; some trails have weekend dog restrictions)
- Transit: the #25 will take you to Blanca St. and 16th Ave where you can access a number of trials. There are many other buses that go through the area so it depends where you want to start
- Parking: There is free street parking around the park; you can also park at the Spanish Bank or Jericho Beach parking lots or at one of the paid parking lots at the University of British Columbia
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