Best river trails in Vancouver, British Columbia

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Explore the most popular river trails near Vancouver with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of river trails in Vancouver, British Columbia
Top trails (11)
#1 - Stanley Park Seawall Trail
Stanley Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Parts of the sea wall have been reported closed due to restoration work (November 2020). As Vancouver's largest and most famous, historic park, Stanley Park is extremely popular with both locals and tourists all year around. The heavily trafficked Seawall Loop Trail that surrounds the park hugs the perimeter shoreline and offers beautiful views from beginning to end. This trail is open 365 days a year which brings us to what is perhaps its only drawback. When temperatures reach freezing, the paved path can accumulate very slippery black ice, so extra caution is required. A park conditions search is highly recommended during the winter months.  Accessibility: The trail is smoothly paved all around with two separate side-by-side paths - the beachside for foot traffic and the inner one for bikes and rollerblades. Despite being so busy, the footpath is typically at least four feet wide and there is usually enough room to pass when needed. The grade is moderately steep (most of the trail estimated at 8% or less), but there is a very steep section starting by Siwash Rock after 2.4 miles until 3.4 miles (going clockwise) with grades over 20% uphill and downhill. This section has been marked with waypoints. The restrooms by Stanley's Bar and Grill and by Third Beach are wheelchair accessible. Water wheelchairs are available for free loan on a first-come-first-served basis at the Second Beach Pool between noon and 8 PM. Reservations for water wheelchairs can be made by calling at least 24 hours in advance.Show more
#2 - Arbutus Greenway
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
#3 - Fraser Foreshore Park Trail
Barnaby Fraser Foreshore Park
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 13 m
Note: Half of the trail is closed down for construction, walk is mostly detoured into roads instead. Show more
#4 - Gastown, Coal Harbour, English Bay and Yaletown Loop
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
#5 - Second Narrows and Lions Gate Cycling Loop
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Length: 16.1 mi • Est. 6 h 29 m
#6 - Fraser River Waterfront Pathway
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
#7 - Fraser River Park
Fraser River Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 32 m
#8 - North Arm Bridge Bikeway
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 17 m
#9 - Second Narrows Bridge Trail
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
#10 - Kerr Street Cycle Route
Everett Crowley Park
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Length: 1.3 mi
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