The Village of Lions Bay is a small seaside community nestled at the base of the Coast Mountain Range. The famous Twin Sisters or the Lions for which the Village is named, stand guard over the community. Geologists believe that these two peaks – the West Lion which stands at 5,401 feet (1646 m) and the East Lion which stands at 5,245 feet (1599 m) – are the remnants of a volcanic cone.
Lions Bay is home to dozens of mountain hiking trails and a handful of local connector trails. The local trails are created and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers whose purpose is to connect the community and to enjoy the forests and views of the majestic Howe Sound. Many of the trails boast view points and interpretative signage for hikers to enjoy.
Rules and Safety Precautions
Warning: Trails may not be safe during times of high winds and heavy rains due to tree blow down, falling debris, rock fall hazards and swollen creeks.
Caution: Slipping hazards at all times, always stay on the trail. Trails inside and outside the municipal boundaries of Lions Bay are maintained in large part through the efforts of independent volunteers. Use all trails at your own risk!
The first Settlers arrived in 1909 at Brunswick Beach. In 1999 Brunswick joined the Village of Lions Bay. The Centennial Trail celebrates the 100th Anniversary and the completion of the interconnecting of our community. Bronze plaques at either end of the trail were placed in 2011 to recognize the completion of this trail. To aid navigation, this trail is frequently marked with yellow triangles on some trees .
The connecting trail from the Lions Bay Community School to the Centennial Trail is named after the first family with two generations to attend the school.
In memory of the late Rosalind McPhee, 1946-1996, author of Picasso's Woman, long time community member and first Lions Bay Ambulance Chief, who together with her dog Freyja spent precious time here.
The name of this path was selected from a Canada Day competition. It is to remind us of the Pride of Lions representing not only the strength of a group, but the pride of our community.
Visionary wilderness advocate Pat Harrison heard about the parking problems Lions Bay was experiencing with hikers. He approached Mayor Douglas Miller and Council in 2002 with a solution to the problem. Pat mapped out a trail from the school parking lot to the Lions Trail and after getting approval from the School Board and Council went ahead with a group of volunteers and built it. For many years on Earth Day he brought hikers from the Lower Mainland out to maintain the trail and the new Centennial Trail now follows a good part of the route that Pat and his team so skillfully planned. The part that runs from the Centennial Trail to the Lions Trail has been named in honour of his selfless contribution to our community.
This trail is a reminder of the period of extensive logging in Lions Bay.