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Hike: Cliff Falls
Location: Kanaka Creek, Maple Ridge
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 4 km
Dogs allowed: On-leash

https://www.outdoorvancouver.ca/cliff-falls-hike-kanaka-creek-park/

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Cliff Falls in Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge, is a great place for a weekend outing with the family. On sunny and rainy days alike, Kanaka Creek is a peaceful area filled with easy walking trails.

Kanaka Creek runs through a beautiful forest of Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, and moss-covered maple and Western red cedar trees. The Cliff Falls waterfall is the main attraction to the park. Swimming, picnicking, horseback riding, trail running and salmon viewing also bring many to the 400-hectare park. 

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You don’t need to wait for the summer to get outside and enjoy some incredible hikes. Panoramic lookouts, waterfalls, canyons, and forests can all be explored at elevations below the snow-line. We’ve compiled a list of great spring hikes near Vancouver to get you started.

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Watersprite Lake is one of the most scenic hikes around Vancouver and rivals some of the hikes in nearby Garibaldi Provincial Park. With the new trail built in 2016, it is poised to become a local favorite.

Read all the details here: https://www.outdoorvancouver.ca/watersprite-lake-hike-squamish/

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Hike: Watersprite Lake
Location: Squamish
Rating: Moderate
Distance: 17 km
Dog allowed: Highly discouraged

Watersprite Lake in Squamish is a crystal clear, turquoise lake framed by dramatic peaks. It is one of the most awe-inspiring hikes around.
Watersprite Lake was a hidden gem for years. Unknown to most and tucked away down a long, bumpy forest service road. But the word is out and it’s ‘hidden gem’ status has changed.

A new trail to Watersprite Lake has been built by the British Columbia Mountaineering Club. It took several years of legal negotiations with the B.C. Government for the trail to be allowed. There is also a 10-person cabin at the lake available for reservation for those wishing to stay overnight.

The only drawback to this hike is that it requires a 4×4 vehicle, or at least one with good clearance, to reach the trailhead.


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Yeo Point is a must-do hike if you're visiting Salt Spring Island.

The trail has enough twists and turns to keep things interesting, without being overly challenging. The forest is serene and the view at Yeo Point is fantastic. Spending some time at the isolated Yeo Point Beach is just the icing on the cake.

Read the full guide: https://www.outdoorvancouver.ca/yeo-point-hike-salt-spring-island/

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Yeo Point is a terrific hike in Ruckle Provincial Park on Salt Spring Island. The trail meanders through lush, old-growth forest of hemlock and cedar. The trail travels by small ponds and a quartz field before ending at a beautiful beach near Yeo Point. Yeo Point itself is a spectacular rocky outcrop with arbutus trees overlooking the ocean.

The trail is 9.6 km and is suitable for children if they can handle the distance. The trail itself doesn’t have any significant elevation gain or overly technical sections.

Route finding can be a little tricky in sections, but overall the trail is easy to follow. Several of the key junctions within Ruckle Park are marked with small maps.

If you’re visiting Salt Spring Island, this is a great hike to add to your list of things to do.

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Hike: Maplewood Flats
Location: North Vancouver
Rating: Easy
Distance: 3.5 km
Dog allowed: No

Maplewood Flats is a great spot to go for an early morning stroll any time of year. The wide, flat paths make it great for small children. And there is always plenty of wildlife around, if you look close enough. This is a must-do walk for anyone into birding, but is also a great spot for anyone looking to get some fresh air and enjoy some beautiful scenery.

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Cascade Falls is a scenic waterfall which plummets 30 metres into an emerald pool. It is located in Cascade Falls Regional Park in Mission, B.C..

At the top of the trail, there is a suspension bridge which takes visitors to a close-up viewing platform of the falls.

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Cascade Falls is a scenic waterfall which plummets 30 metres into an emerald pool. It is located in Cascade Falls Regional Park in Mission, B.C..

It is more of a short walk than a ‘hike’ to the viewing platform. But, Cascade Falls is still worth the drive out. Cascade Falls Regional Falls park is a 22 hectare park with lush forest and a beautiful creek which winds through a ravine. A 300 metre walk and some stairs are all it takes to reach the gorgeous falls.

At the top of the trail, there is a suspension bridge which takes visitors to a close-up viewing platform of the falls.
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