The best kid friendly hikes around Vancouver BC

Beautiful British Columbia is a fantastic place to live for outdoor enthusiasts withs kids.  September usually has some great weather, this is a perfect time to grab a camera, your family and head outdoors.

These are some of my family’s favourite hikes that are easy for the kids, (mine are now 5 and almost 8) while boasting beautiful scenery for photography. (click on the link for more info on the trails and how to get there)

  1. Lighthouse Park. This beautiful park is in West Vancouver. We went last August and packed a picnic dinner, hiking on the rocks slightly before sunset for fantastic photography light. The trails through the first growth Douglas firs are amazing. The main trails can accommodate strollers. I love the setting of the rocks plunging into the ocean.  Our girls explored around the shore for hours. 
  2. Mystery Lake Hike on Mount Seymour. This trail is 3Km round trip. We really took our time going up. We detoured just before the pond part way up, scrambled up some rocks to find great views of Vancouver and beyond. The trail is not stroller friendly, and may be tough for 2-3 year olds. My girls aged 5 and 7.5 had an easy time running up the trail. The crisp cold lake at the top is beautiful. Little rock islands are fun picnic locations. Lots of Newts around the lake are another fun feature for kids to check out. I am enjoying playing around with free lensing, love changing the plane of focus to get different looks to each photo without a tilt shift lens. 
  3. Golden Ears Park, Lower Falls Trail This trail is around 5 km round trip. It is a nice wide stroller friendly gravel path. Perfect for little ones who like to walk for a bit, but get tired quickly. I really can’t get enough of the old growth stumps, those giant trees are amazing. The Banana slugs were a hit, my girls tried to rescue them, even putting blankets over them (leaves). The waterfall at the end is a beautiful sight. Hope your family enjoys time together on some of these great short hikes!

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