10 scenic running routes in Vancouver

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Downtown Vancouver from the Lion's Gate Bridge (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

From shimmering shoreline to soaring peaks, Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world to run in.

There’s nothing like knowing there’s an amazing view at the top of the hill or right around the next bend to keep your feet pounding the pavement.

So if you need a little extra motivation, here’s a rundown of some of the most scenic running routes in our gorgeous city. We hope it inspires you to keep aiming for that PB – while you admire the view, of course.

1. Stanley Park Seawall

Stretch your legs on Vancouver’s most beautiful downtown running path. The route below is slightly more than 11 km, but there are multiple forest trails you can take as well to mix things up.

2. Inukshuk to Yaletown

At 2.9 km, this route along the beach is great for beginners who want to take in the sea views – but end up at a swanky bar afterwards.

3. False Creek Seawall

This popular 5 km route takes you from the swanky Yaletown docks along the False Creek seawall, past a myriad of boats, all the way to Granville Island.

4. Locarno to Nitobe

This short run, also known as Jericho Hill Test, may be clock in around the 5 km mark, but it’s almost all uphill…which means great views await as you race along the sandy shores of Spanish Banks up to Nitobe Memorial Garden.

5. Lions Gate Bridge

Sure, all that uphill on the bridge will be tough on this 9 km run. But the view as you cross Burrard Inlet is worth it – and you can cool down in the flat, leafy shade of Stanley Park.

6. Spanish Banks loop

This 6.45 km run may have some up and down to it, but on a sunny day you’re sure to enjoy the shoreline views along Spanish Banks and the wide boulevards of the UBC Endowment Lands.

7. Pacific Spirit Park loop

This 10 km run takes you through Pacific Spirit Park, an oasis of green forests, trickling creeks and muddy bogs in the South Endownment Lands. Watch out for dog walkers on the trails as you flex your legs in the forest.

8. Trout Lake

This is a great, very popular short run for runners and walkers alike, circling Trout Lake in East Vancouver. An easy, quick morning jog before you head to work.

9. Rice Lake Trail

This beautiful 3 km loop is a good one for beginner trail runners, since Rice Lake is flat and peaceful – and one you can do alone, as long as you stay on the main trail.

Rice lake morning

10. Howe Sound Crest Trail

This trail run is for hardcore runners only – offering 30 km of gruelling terrain combined with some truly magnificent views. From Cypress Bowl to Porteau Cove, you’ll pass St. Marks Summit, The Lions and Deeks Lake – the ultimate Vancouver mountain run experience. Lions Peaks

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