Wow, I am really slacking the posts for hikes/trails/walks etc. This hike is HIGHLY recommended for the summertime. Super fun but you have to get there early.
Recommend being there at 7:45AM as it opens at 8AM. The line already forms before it “officially” opens. There are limited kayaks, so you have to hurry!! If you have your own then you’re good. The next best time to come is probably late afternoon like 2-3PM when people are heading back from there.
- Kayak for an hour or less (if you’re synchronized with your squad)
- Hike for an hour or so
- Hang out/swim play/lunch etc
- Hike back for an hour
- Kayak back for an hour
You’re looking at spending roughly 5 hours there!
- Water Shoes or flip flops for the kayak part
- Shoes for the hike
- Bathing Suit
- Waterproof gadgets for recording awesome footage!
***** 5/5 trail hands down.
Originally wanted to go to Deep Cove but due to an accident/massive delay in the traffic flow, we had to reroute and go elsewhere. Decided to go here even though we had no idea what it looked like or how long it took. We did not expect it to be such a long trail….
It took us 2.5 hours round trip – pretty much one big circle around the outer layer of SFU Burnaby.
There were a lot of trees in the way of the view / docks as we traveled along the path. A lot of people were going the opposite way as us so we thought we were going the wrong way … There are A LOT of different trails that you can start from and you will pass by other trails that people walk on.
We started on the Trans-Canada Trail behind the playground at Burnaby Mountain Park (right by the Horizon Restaurant). There were two routes (going up or going down) so we chose the route that went up thinking we would get more viewpoints.
Eventually we finished the Trans-Canada Trail and moved onto the Cougar Creek Trail. After the steep trail, we continued along Barnet Trail which was flatter and easy on the ankles … We passed by a Bike park which led us to a parking lot where we continued on the Mountain Air Trail. Then to get to the Burnaby Mountain Park Parking Lot faster, we had to take the Velodrome Trail which was the 500 stairs path.. Then we had to take the last trail which was the Pandora Trail back to the parking lot. However, there are TWO pandora trails.. You either turned left or right. We didn’t know and saw the first Pandora Trail sign which made us turn RIGHT and we ended up in a neighbourhood with nothing left… Had to backtrack and past where we came from and up a step where we saw another post saying this is also the Pandora Trail..
TL;DR – Trans-Canada Trail from Burnaby Mountain Parking Lot -> Cougar Creek Trail > Barnet Trail > Mountain Air Trail > Velodrome Trail > Pandora Trail > Back to the top of Burnaby Mountain Park
A little sad that the best view was at the top of Burnaby Mountain Park (where we started), but also a little proud we didn’t give up and turn back!
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