Kid-friendly Trails and Parks in the North Shore - including North and West Vancouver
On the unceded territory of the Coast Salish People
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Cates (Whey-Ah-Wichen) Park
This large seaside park near Deep Cove has it all: long shoreline for splashing, swimming or beach combing (and taking in the views!), two playgrounds, a seasonal concession stand and paddling centre with rentals
Fisherman’s Trail via Homestead/Twin Bridges loop
Kids of all ages will enjoy this amazing 5K walk featuring remnants old homsteads including a brick fireplace and a tunnel in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.
If you are looking for a family walk, run or a biking trip smack in the centre of North Vancouver, check out Green necklace. It is a 7.5 km long continuous off-street multi use path that circles North Vancouver, connecting several playgrounds, commercial areas, parks and green spaces (it’s called Green Necklace for a reason) for a fantastic all-family loop with a diverse scenery. All on a paved path to make it easier. If you don’t want to do the full loop, you can choose sections to connect your favourite places for an out-and-back.
Hyannis Trail and Baden Powell Loop
If you are looking for a trail for a young tot’s first forest hike, or for your older kid to try out hiking on more technical trails, look no further than Seymour Mountain Forest near Hyannis Point. It’s a wild and magical place, but without the long drive up a mountain or huge crowds.
Capilano River Regional Park
This large nature park envelopes Capilano River between Park Royal in West Vancouver and Capilano Dam in the north, and features lush rainforest, impressive old growth trees, Capilano Dam viewpoints, the steep Capilano River canyon, and a hatchery. Can it get any better than that?
Central Lonsdale / Hamilton
Mahon Park is one of North Vancouver’s largest parks, spanning from near Marine Drive & West Keith Road to 21st Street West. It encompasses sports fields, grassy areas, a playground, and a forested area with two creeks and ravine trails that is a delight for young walkers and old ones alike.
Mosquito Creek Trail
Hamilton / Delbrook
If you want to just let your kids run on a trail in the woods, and not have to worry about steep drop-offs or about the need to constantly consult a map, Mosquito Creek Trail is for you. The trail follows Mosquito Creek from 17th Street West all the way up to Montroyal Boulevard, is stroller and bike friendly, and even has options for working in a visit to more than one playground.
This park is a hidden gem for a quiet time in nature, especially with small tots or younger children. Located in Upper Lynn Valley, it has a wide trail suitable for strollers, a flowing creek, plenty of tree shade, large cedar stumps, and a duck pond.