Vancouver’s North Shore is home to some of the best swimming holes in the Lower Mainland. Hiking through shaded woodland before taking a dip in refreshing glacial pools couldn’t be a more Canadian way to enjoy summer. A couple of these pools are hidden and hard-to-reach, but that’s what makes them some of the North Shore’s best-kept secrets!
- Granny’s Cove
Granny’s Cove is hidden within the tourist hot spot of Capilano Canyon. Although so close to some of our more popular attractions, the location of the cove keeps it away from the hustle and bustle. These are invigorating glacial waters, so take a deep breath before jumping in! This private oasis also has plenty of room along the rocks, perfect for bringing a picnic or sunbathing.
- Whyte Lake
Whyte Lake is an impeccable refuge hidden in the hills overlooking Horseshoe Bay. The hike to the pool is just a short jaunt through West Vancouver’s old growth Douglas fir forest. Due to the ease of reaching Whyte Lake, it can get quite busy on the weekends. However, the short hike time and sunbathe-ready deck around the lake make it an easier choice for those with families.
- Mystery Lake
Mystery Lake has a reputation for being one of the best alpine swimming holes in Vancouver. The lake is found on Mount Seymour in North Vancouver and is accessed from the main Mount Seymour parking lot. Although a short, well-signposted, hike to the lake, the uphill climb is challenging so go prepared.
- 30 Foot Pool
30 Foot Pool in Lynn Canyon Park is a popular spot in Lynn Valley, North Vancouver. The pool’s location means it’s a perfect stop after visiting the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge or Twin Falls. Shaded rocks surround the pool so you can stay safe out of the midday sun.
- Cabin Lake
Cabin Lake is a serene place to reward yourself after a challenging hike up Eagle Bluffs. The water is a peaceful haven to relax and refresh before making your way back down the mountain. Be warned, lots of people like to swim in this lake au naturel.
Remember these are outdoor environments with no lifeguards on duty. Cliff jumping is extremely dangerous and is not recommended. Some of these sites do not have close access to fresh drinking water, so be safe and bring supplies and correct gear for your hike. Check out North Shore Rescue for tips and information to make your own adventure a safe one!