8 Things to Do Near Ottawa That’ll Make You Feel Like You’re in a Winter Wonderland

While the city of Vancouver is generally snow-free, it’s only a 30-minute drive to the North Vancouver Mountains, where you’ll find incredible hiking and lots of fresh snow.

It turns out that this year BC is expected to receive more than its average amount of winter weather, which is actually great news for hiking. A new layer of white and shiny snow makes everything more beautiful. You feel like you are in a completely different world, running away from the rainy city.

If you’re lucky enough to go on a clear day, you’re bound to get stunning views, usually with the sparkling ocean and rugged mountains.

Here are some of the best winter hikes I’ve done so far in BC, and a few that are on my list for the season.

Mountain trail for dogs

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Address: 1700 Mt. Seymour Rd., North Vancouver, BC

Why you need to go: This is my favorite Sunday morning hike. It’s not too long, it’s pretty easy and gives you epic views. In the winter, be sure to wear proper shoes as they can get slippery.

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Chief Stawamus

Address: Garibaldi Highlands, Squamish, BC

Why you need to go: I didn’t do this one in winter, but if you have crampons, it’s doable! It’s also very steep and you have to use the ropes and chains along the trail to catch it, but it’s amazing at the top.

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St. Mark’s Summit

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Address: Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver, BC

Why you need to go: This one is only safe to do in the winter if you have snowshoes and are an experienced hiker. There are avalanche risks here, so be careful and be prepared! If you go on a sunny day, you’ll get an epic view.

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quarry rock

Address: 2505 Panorama Drive, North Vancouver, BC

Why you should go: Looking for something fast and snow-free? This is the hike for you! It is close to Vancouver and an easy weekend activity.

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rainbow lake

Address: Alta Lake Road, Whistler, BC

Why you need to go: This hike is a long 10 mile drive, but it looks scenic the whole way. I can’t wait to make a lunch and try it!

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