You might have your favourite running circuit down, or your go-to tempo run on the treadmill. But running is a great way to do some exploring!
Have you ever thought about exploring your own city with just your running shoes? Why not check out some new hoods, or try running a trail you would normally hike. You'd be surprised at how much you can see and do with just your own two feet!
Here are 7 running routes to try around Vancouver:
1. The Seawall
You can choose any starting point, from Kits Beach to Downtown Vancouver. The full Seawall is 28 km, one-way, but no matter where you start, you're guaranteed spectacular views, and minimal hills.
2. Pacific Spirit Regional Park
If you want to get into trail running, this is a great start! There are a few small hills, but no major climbing necessary. Plus, if you get too warm, you're only a short hop away from Wreck Beach... and it's even okay if you've forgotten your bathing suit.
3. Lynn Headwaters Regional Park
Depending on the time of year, the park may be full of tourists. Once you're off the regular trail (and away from the bridge), you should see the number of people taper down a bit.
4. Burnaby Mountain
With 22 multi-use trails around the SFU campus, it's easy to pick a new adventure every time.
5. Trout Lake Park
A short run at 1.2 km, this is great if you're just starting out, or trying out a new HIIT workout with sprints!
Or, grab a running buddy and do a few loops. With lots of trees, you'll stay cool as you take in the wildlife that exists in the park.
6. West Dyke Trail
As a flatter trail, this is another route that is great for beginner runners. Starting from Steveston Village, it is about 6 km to Terra Nova Rural Park.
7. Burnaby Lake
If you're looking for a longer trail run, this loop is a cool 10k. Cool as in, most of it is in the shade, and in some areas of this well-maintained trail, you'll be treading on bark mulch, which is nice and easy on your joints! Bonus? Burnaby Lake area is excellent for bird watching!