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Explore These Scenic Hikes Leading To Serene Swimming Spots Near Vancouver

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Summer is on its way and that means hiking season has officially arrived. Beat the heat after a scenic hike by taking on one of these trails that lead to amazing swimming spots near Vancouver.

You can discover a plethora of lush trails just outside of Vancouver with a refreshing lake to dip in after a grueling hike.

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Hikes Leading To Swimming Spots

Elfin Lakes


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Find this gem in Howe Sound for an intermediate 6-hour round trip hike. The 22 KM trek has an elevation gain of 600-meters but is the perfect way to soak up the great outdoors. Just an hour-and-a-half drive away from Vancouver, it’s relatively easy to get to. Plus, nothing beats the feeling of reaching the two small lakes nestled in the alpine setting of Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Lindeman Lake

This gorgeous spot is a must visit. The 3.4 KM intermediate hike takes about 2-hours to complete round trip. But you’re going to want to spend a lot of time here. The emerald-coloured waters of Lindeman Lake is a peaceful and refreshing way to end the day. Nestled in the Fraser Valley, this spot is just over 2-hours from Vancouver.

Whyte Lake


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Escape to this quaint little lake after a leisurely 5 KM hike on the North Shore. Just a 30-minute drive from Vancouver, it’s an easy spot to check out for a day trip. The scenic trail leads you through Nelson Creek and is surrounded by lush Western Cedar and Douglas Fir trees.

Buntzen Lake


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Just one-hour from Vancouver, this hiking spot in Port Moody is a popular choice. It’s easy to see why with its vast network of hiking trails to explore. Go on a 10 KM trek through the trails for a 3.5-hour adventure. The lake is the most ideal spot to go for a swim or lounge on your favourite floatie while taking in your surroundings.

Cabin Lake

A serene swimming spot at Cypress Mountain that you can enjoy after a 2.5 KM hike in. The swimming hole usually draws in big crowds in the summer time, but it’s worth it. Plus, it’s only a 30-minute drive away from Vancouver.

For more places to cool off, check out this remarkable waterfall you can take a dip in just two hours from Vancouver.

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