|Golden Ears Provincial Park /
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V7G 1L3
Phone: 604-924-2200 / Fax: 604-929-2425
*Map of Vancouver
Coast & Mountains*
- Year Round. You'll find snow in the
higher elevations in late autumn until spring.
Coast Mountains 11 km north of Maple Ridge on the
north side of the Fraser River. Follow park signs
north from Hwy 7. About 48m east of Vancouver
going up the Fraser Valley. The nearest center is
Maple Ridge B.C.
The size of the park is 55,590 Hectares
||The park is
55,590 hectares in size and is only 48 km east of
Vancouver. It has 9 hiking trails equaling some
80 km of trail. For backpacking there are 50
wilderness sites within the park, as well as, the
Golden Ears Cabin. Here is a list of each trail
with links to more information about the trails:
Allouette Mountain Hiking
Trail - 10km,
Difficult. This trail takes you to Alouette
Mountain and has fantastic panoramic view of the
area. This is a strenuous hike with elevation
changes of 1000 meters and taking about 5 hours
to complete one way. Golden Ears Provincial Park,
Vancouver Coast and Mountains
Mensies Trail - 9km, easy. This is a multi-use
trail of horse/hike/bike. There is very little
elevation change, making it an easy hike of about
3 to 5 hours.
cover the park area.
Lookout and Loop Trails - 2.5km, easy. This is an easy
loop trail that should take about 1 hour to
complete. It goes from Parkway to Look Out and
Mike Lake Trail - 4.2 km, easy. This is a
horse/hiking trail that takes you to Main Corral.
It's an easy trail that should take you about
2hours and has an elevation change of about 100
Viewpoint Trail - 3km, easy. There is a beautiful
waterfall that flows down a cliff just beyond the
Lake Viewpoint during the wet seasons. The trails
elevation change is about 150 meters. The triail
should take about 1 1/2 hour to complete.
Incline Trail - 1.2km, moderate. The trail is
a steep horse/hiking that takes you to Mike Lake.
It should take about 1 hour and has an elevation
change of 150 meters.
West Canyon Trail - 5km, easy. From the west
canyon parking lot the trail follows an old
logging road before turning sharply uphill. There
is a short trail to Lower Falls.
Golden Ears Trail - 12km, very difficult. Head out
on the West Canyon Trail until you reach Alder
Flats. This trail climbs to Panoramic Ridge where
you are rewarded with an incredible view of the
area. From here you can ascend to the North Ear
that takes you across a permanent snow field. In
order to attempt this you must have the requisite
equipment and skills. Designated campsites are
available at Alder Flats and Panorama Ridge. The
Panorama section has snowpack well into the
summer. You can expect snow to fall in this area
at any time of year. The trail should take about
7 hours one way and should only be attempted as
an overnight backpacking trip. It has an and has
an elevation change of 1500 meters.
Lower Falls Trail - 2.7km, Easy. This is a hiking
trail only that is an easy walk along Gold Creek
to Lower Falls. You'll pass a beach along the way
that has some of the best mountain views in the
park. It should take about 1 hour to complete and
has very little elevation change.
East Canyon Trail. This is a moderate to
easy one way trail which follows the creek. Total
distance is about 30km both ways.
Mountain Fire Road: This is an easy fire road
which lets you get a little further into this
beautiful park. If everyone's equipped, it could
make for a good family ride.
Front Country: The park has three from country
camping areas. North Beach Campground has a total of 55
sites. Gold Creek with 148 sites and Allouette with 205
are both located on Allouette Lake and have shower and
toilets. The park takes campsite reservations, which are
highly recommended during the peak months.
Camping Backcountry: There
are several backcountry campsites for paddlers on Pitt
Lake and Alouette Lake. Backpackers will find designated
spots available on the Golden Ears Trail at Alder Flats
and Panorama Ridge. There is also an backcountry horse
camp on the East Canyon Trail.
Camping Group: Two
locations are reserved for group camping. Resevations are
required, contact the park for more information.
Canoeing and Kayaking:
For paddlers, there are several marine wilderness
campsites available along Pitt and Alouette Lake. You can launch
from one of the access roads and paddle into you site.
The scenery as you paddle up the lakes is beautiful. The
lakes are large and can be difficult or worse in high
winds. Stick close to a shore on which you can land
should the weather change.
Skiing: There is opportunity for backcountry
skiing in the park as the high country can hold its snow
a large part of the year, however, the lower elevations
are often without snow all year.
Horse Packing: A
number of the parks trails are open to horses including
the Incline Trail, East
Canyon Trail and the Mike Lake Trail. These are multi-use
trails. Horse rentals as well as reservations of a
backcountry horse camp on the East Canyon Trail are
available near the Main Corral.
Huts: The park
has one hut the Golden Ears Cabin.
Ears has an abundance of animals and birds for those with
the patience and inclination to observe them. Well over a
hundred species of birds have been observed in the park,
Willow Flycatcher, Cedar Waxwings and several variants of
woodpeckers. Deer, along with black bear, are frequently
spotted in the park and if you're lucky, you might see
some mountain goats in the high country, so bring your
|B.C.'s typical moist climate
encourages moss to cloak everthing in the
dense forest of Golden Ears
The park literature
includes a brochure which has a general map of
Topographic Series Maps, Scale, 1:50,000, sheets
92G7, 92G8, 92G9, and 92G10 cover the park area.
An online Map is now available from
the official Golden Ears site online from BC
A brochure which includes a park map is available
from the park. Contact the Lower Mainland
District, 1610 Mt. Seymour Road, North Vancouver,
BC, V7G 1L3, Phone: (604) 924-2200 / Fax: (604)
Information: Official Golden Ears site online from BC