For those interested in a good hike without having to leave the city, Vancouver has the popular Seawall. This 22km (13.5 mile) pedestrian path covers the majority of the Vancouver coastline, winding it’s way through various neighbourhoods and parks. It’s a great way to see some of Vancouver’s best spots, and great dining and attractions are close to many parts of the Seawall. If you decide to bring a lunch, there are countless great spots to stop for a picnic.
For a great urban day hike, start at Kitsilano Beach and head east on the Seawall. You'll pass by Granville Island, Stamps Landing, and the Athletes Village before coming to Science World. From there continue along and you'll pass BC Place and Rogers Arena stadiums before arriving in Yaletown. Continue along underneath the Granville and Burrard Bridges and you'll find yourself hiking along near Beach Drive before ending in English Bay. If you're still looking for more, the Seawall continues around the entire coast of Stanley Park. For the truly ambitious, the seawall continues from the east side of Stanley Park along Burrard Inlet all the way to the new Vancouver Convention Centre. The trail supports two-way traffic, so this hike can be done in the reverse order or in sections as you please. The best part is, if you don’t feel like hiking the full 22km, the False Creek Ferries and Aquabus have numerous stations along the False Creek section of the seawall!
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