Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Vancouver, British Columbia

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Pacific Spirit Regional Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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.)"

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The map placement here is a little off, as you don't really want to start on SW Marine Drive. The best place to start is on either side of West 16th Avenue, just as you enter the UBC Endowment Lands kind of area west of Blanca Street. Visit the Park Centre there to get maps.

The trails criss-cross a fair bit and it's easy to get lost, so having some GPS on hand is a good idea. Otherwise, you are totally surrounded by some incredible natural beauty with plenty of opportunities for birdwatching along the way.

Take some time to explore the UBC campus itself if you can too. It's a gorgeous campus. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is really neat.

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Allow 2 hours
Good all year

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