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The Magical Spirea Nature Trail – Golden Ears

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The Spirea Nature Trail – Golden Ears Provincial Park

The Spirea Nature Trail is a walk that takes you through the most magical forest you probably have ever laid eyes on. It is one of the most beautiful forests near Vancouver.

The forest surrounding the trail is the sort of place where you can imagine a fairy popping out from under a mushroom. If you have kids they will have a blast looking for fairies! The Spirea Trail is located in Golden Ears Provincial Park about 1 hour from Vancouver.

Couple standing on log in Golden Ears along the The Spirea Nature Trail

This is one of the easiest hikes near Vancouver with no elevation and is only 0.8km which will take you around 15-20 minutes. The trail is wheelchair accessible, dog friendly and there is a pit toilet located next to the car park.

If you are visiting Vancouver, and thinking about visiting Golden Ears Provincial Park, make sure you stop by the Spirea Nature Trail! It doesn’t look like much from the road, but once you step on the trail you will be blown away!

📃 Stats

Distance: 0.8km
Time: 15-20 mins
Elevation: nil
From Vancouver: 1hr 10mins
Dog Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes

📍 Where is the Spirea Nature Trail?

The Spirea Nature Trail is in Golden Ears Provincial Park, near the town of Maple Ridge and is approximately 1 hour 10mins drive from downtown Vancouver.

Click here to open the map in Google Maps!

How to get to the Spirea Trail from Vancouver

To get to the Spirea trail from Vancouver, you will need to take the Trans-Canada Highway (BC 1E). Take the exit 44 for British Columbia 7B E/British Columbia 7 E toward Coquitlam City Centre/Maple Ridge.

Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Maple Ridge/BC-7B E/United Blvd. Continue onto Mary Hill Bypass/BC-7B. Merge onto Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E via the ramp to Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge/Mission. In 5.9km, take the Golden Ears exit and then continue on for about 20 minutes.

Golden Ears Provincial Park Entrance

Once you have passed the Golden Ears sign with the mountain goat at the park gate, continue driving for around 5.8km or 6mins. You will eventually see a small carpark that fits around 20 cars on your right. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead next to the carpark.

girl and man standing on the The Spirea Nature Trail

Park your car in the small parking lot and walk towards the toilet. You will find the trail right next to the toilet. As soon as you enter the forest, you will feel as though you are in the middle of the wildness!

Parking is free and you don’t need to register however in the Summer you will need to reserve a day pass from the BC Parks website.

🎫 Golden Ears Provincial Park Day Passes

During the off season (aka Winter), you can visit Golden Ears without needing to book a permit. During Winter the park is extremely quiet and you will probably have it almost to yourself.

In Summer, however you will need a day pass to visit Golden Ears Provincial Park. You only need to book a permit to visit Golden Ears if you are visiting between 7am and 3:30pm. Outside these hours, you can come and go as you please as long as the gates are open.

The day pass is free and can be obtained from the BC Parks Reservation Website. These passes can be booked only two days before visiting and the booking system opens at 7am.

There will be some available spots at the Spirea Nature Trail parking lot which you do not need a pass for however these usually fill up shortly after the parks gates open.

The Spirea Nature Trail

🚦 Golden Ears Opening Hours

The entrance to Golden Ears Provincial Park is Golden Ears has different opening hours depending on the season. It is open much later in the Summer and closes earlier in the Winter.

You can check the current opening hours on the Golden Ears Twitter Account. This account also gives updates whenever the park is closed for other reasons such as flooding, storms with trees down etc.

🐶 Is the Spirea Trail Dog Friendly?

One of the great things about the Spirea Nature Trail, is that it’s dog friendly! This beautiful forest trail is actually really popular amongst locals walking their dogs.

🟩 Why is the Spirea Trail so green?!

You may have noticed from the photos in this blog post, that this forest is unusually mossy and bright green? This is because Golden Ears Provincial Park is one of the wettest places near Vancouver.

Take today for example, we thought, “amazing! It’s such a sunny day in Vancouver, let’s take a stroll on the Spirea Trail.” It was sunny all of the way to the park until the last 10 minutes or so when it started raining.

The constant rain fuels the rainforest and helps the greenery and moss thrive. It’s absolutely stunning to see in person!

🔦 Light Rays on the Spirea Nature Trail

You may have seen stunning photos on Instagram of beautiful lights rays shining through the forest in Golden Ears. A lot of these photos are taken along the Spirea Nature Trail. If you are looking to catch these beautiful light rays, there are a number of things you will need to look for.

  1. Visit the Spirea Trail in the colder months – Fall, Winter or early Spring. The temperatures need to be 0 C degrees or colder.
  2. Visit first think in the morning shortly after the sun has come up. In the Winter, it will be later and in the Spring it will be earlier.
  3. The humidity will need to be 90% or higher. Check the Weather Network website for Alouette Lake, Golden Ears Provincial Park as this will be the most accurate weather reading.

Our Thoughts

Golden Ears Provincial Park is one of our favourite parks in Vancouver and the Spirea Nature Trail is definitely one of the most beautiful forests we have ever seen! Golden Ears has lots of other hikes as well including its super hard bucket list hike, Golden Ears Summit.

If you are looking for a more family friendly hike that is longer than the Spirea Nature Trail, we can recommend Gold Creek Falls which takes the Lower Falls Trial. The Gold Creek Falls hike is 5.5km return and relatively flat. The trail is also pretty wide so its a great choice if you are going with a group of friends or family.

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