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9 Picnic Perfect Vancouver Hikes That Will Make Your Day

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While hikes are refreshing and fun ways to get active when the weather’s good, there’s nothing like the magic of a picnic during your outing.

With that being said, not all hikes and parks are created equal. In fact, some places are just not ideal for eating. Whether that’s because there’s nowhere to lay down a blanket, or because the view isn’t anything to write home about, some places just don’t work.

Luckily, we’ve complied a list of some of the best places in the Lower Mainland for picnicking while you hike.

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Picnic Hikes in Metro Vancouver

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Whytecliff Park

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Located near West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay Neighbourhood, Whytecliff Park offers dazzling ocean vistas. Although it is known for having some great scuba diving sites, the park is also the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or a stroll. With plenty of grassy spaces, the rugged coastline provides a unique place for enjoying time alone or with loved ones.

Baden Powell Trail

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Located at the end of a lovely half hour hike, this lookout offers sweeping, panoramic views of Deep Cove. There are numerous rocky crevices to get situated in and enjoy the scenic horizon while snacking on something tasty. The trail meanders through North Vancouver from Deep Cove to the Lynn Valley Suspension bridge, and isn’t difficult at all. It also passes over many lovely creeks along the way.

Dog Mountain

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While not a total piece of cake, Dog Mountain is still a fairly easy hike up Mount Seymour. What’s more, it awards travellers with stunning views of the forests, water and city beyond. Indeed, the payoff for the exertion is huge, and it is only about five kilometres roundtrip. Thus, it’s the perfect place for a picnic on a pleasant spring day.

Buntzen Lake

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A manmade lake, Buntzen Lake is an ideal place for a litany of activities ranging from paddle-boarding to canoeing, swimming to just kicking back on the beach. In addition, the area provides an 8 kilometre loop that is perfect for a casual stroll. Located just north of Port Moody, it is a beautiful place to enjoy an afternoon in the sun.

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Lighthouse Park

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One of the most scenic places in the Lower Mainland, Lighthouse Park provides visitors with its postcard-worthy appeal. Not only does it have a classic and beautiful lighthouse on the edge of its rocky shoreline, but the rocky coast runs along a lush forest. There are over 6 kilometres of trails in the park that are perfect for sunny strolls.

Burnaby Mountain

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While it may not seem like an actual hike, Burnaby Mountain has a multitude of trails winding through its beautiful forest. Many of these trails lead to places where you can get a coffee or snack, or set up a yummy picnic of your own. Also, the view from this spot is undeniably one of the best lookout points in Vancouver. In addition, this view won’t come with even a third of the sweat involved in the Stawamus Chief or Grouse Grind.

Stanley Park

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Stanley Park has been recognized as one most beautiful parks in the entire world. Not only is it aesthetically jaw-dropping, but its located right in the bustling downtown core of Vancouver. As a result, it makes it the perfect metropolitan oasis for hiking as will as leisurely picnicking.

Brae Island Regional Park

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Located on the Fraser River, this park offers a plethora of activities to enjoy. Not only does it host a number of beautiful trails, but it is also a full-service campground. What’s more, the beautiful area has beaches that are lovely for suntanning, kayaking, and more. The Langley gem also has an entire area designated for picnicking!

Burnaby Lake

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Burnaby Lake is obviously not one of the most difficult hiking experiences; however, there is roughly still an impressive 10 kilometres of hiking path to enjoy in this ecological wonderland. Home to ducks, geese, beavers, and much more, it is a great place to get close to nature.

For more great places around B.C. to explore, check out our Travel & Outdoors section

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