Beautiful British Columbia…
It says so on all our license plates, and it’s undoubtedly the truth. At Innovative Fitness, we feel deeply grateful to live in such a beautiful province. As a community of runners and nature enthusiasts, we are extra thankful as the great outdoors provides a natural arena in which to engage in our passion… Running!
There are so many paths to choose from in BC, but we’ve narrowed it down to the five essential trails any BC runner ought to experience.
- Stanley Park Seawall – A much-loved Vancouver landmark, Stanley Park defines magnificent and offers over 400-hectares of natural West Coast rainforest. Run along the 9km famous seawall and enjoy a view of the ocean and the mountains while you sweat off some steam.
- Galloping Goose in Victoria – This unique trail in Victoria was converted from an old railway and named after a 1920s gasoline powered passenger car that used to run on that piece of rail. Over 60km long, Galloping Goose takes you through towering Douglas fir forests, over original steel trestles, and past sapphire blue lakes before ending at the Johnson Street Bridge in downtown Victoria.
- Jericho Beach & Spanish Banks Park – A less busy alternative to the classic Stanley Park, there is a lovely 5km running path between Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks Park. This seaside trail offers views of the water and the mountains, and sports a separated gravel bike path, so you don’t have to compete with cyclers. For an extra special experience, try this route at sunset.
- Buntzen Lake – A pristine lake surrounded by dense forest, Buntzen is a must-run for all nature-lovers. The most popular trail loops around the lake, and traverses majestic west-coast forest, a suspension bridge, and the quieter North beach, for a total distance of approximately 10km.
- West Vancouver Seawall – The West Vancouver Seawall is another stunning seaside option. Stretching for 5.6km between Ambleside and Dundarave, this gentle path affords views of the Burrard inlet, the Lion’s Gate Bridge and, of course, the mountains. Described as a local gem, the West Van Seawall is a great option for a quicker run.
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