Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Vancouver, British Columbia

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This unique regional park adjacent to the University of British Columbia provides more than 50 km (30 miles) of trails for walking, and many more designated for cyclists and horseback riders. It is a shared and carefully preserved wilderness area, comprising mixed and coniferous forest, ancient bog and miles of foreshore. The region is a habitat for some uncommon plants as well as for songbirds, owls, eagles, squirrels, raccoons, otters, coyotes and deer. And all this a mere 15-minute drive from the centre of Vancouver. The 6-km (4-mile) circuit described here takes advantage of two trails reserved for pedestrians only and is part of a walking route dedicated to Vancouver resident Iva Mann, in recognition of her efforts towards the preservation of the University Endowment Lands as a park. A word of advice: although trail names are shown on signposts along the way, if you’re tempted to explore and diverge from the route described, you’ll need a park map to guide you through the maze of trails crisscrossing the area. (Maps are available from the Park Centre on West 16th Avenue just west of Blanca Street and from kiosks at several park entrances, including one at the foot of Camosun Street on SW Marine Drive.)

Pacific Spirit Regional Park Professional Review and Guide

"This unique regional park adjacent to the University of British Columbia provides more than 50 km (30 miles) of trails for walking, and many more designated for cyclists and horseback riders. It is a shared and carefully preserved wilderness area, comprising mixed and coniferous forest, ancient bog and miles of foreshore. The region is a habitat for some uncommon plants as well as for songbirds, owls, eagles, squirrels, raccoons, otters, coyotes and deer.

And all this a mere 15-minute drive from the centre of Vancouver. The 6-km (4-mile) circuit described here takes advantage of two trails reserved for pedestrians only and is part of a walking route dedicated to Vancouver resident Iva Mann, in recognition of her efforts towards the preservation of the University Endowment Lands as a park. A word of advice: although trail names are shown on signposts along the way, if you’re tempted to explore and diverge from the route described, you’ll need a park map to guide you through the maze of trails crisscrossing the area. (Maps are available from the Park Centre on West 16th Avenue just west of Blanca Street and from kiosks at several park entrances, including one at the foot of Camosun Street on SW Marine Drive.)"

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Vancouver
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Allow 2 hours
Season: Good all year
Driving Directions: Directions to Pacific Spirit Regional Park

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May 2018