Trans Canada and Pandora Trail Loop

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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1-1.5h
Distance
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3.5 km
Elevation
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156 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Trans Canada and Pandora Trail Loop is a combination of several trails within the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area that allow hikers to explore some of the terrain on top of the mountain. Located next to the Simon Fraser University Campus, this trail offers a mix of gravel paths and nature trails through the woods, making it a perfect option for an outdoor study break. Make sure to leave a few minutes to visit the Burnaby Mountain Centennial Rose Garden along the trail’s eastern edge.

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Route Description

The Trans Canada and Pandora Trail Loop is a short 3.5 km route on Burnaby Mountain that passes over some varied terrain, including gravel paths and forested trails. Sections of the trail can become very muddy, so make sure to wear proper hiking footwear or trail runners in order to traverse the mild changes in elevation. As with most BC trails, you should pack bear spray in the event that you have an encounter with one of the majestic creatures.

This trail is a quick loop that makes for a great afternoon hike or study break if you are on campus at SFU. Follow the path as it passes by the Centennial Rose Garden and heads into the trees. From here, the route will descend gently downhill along the Pandora Trail before turning south along the often muddy stretch of the Gnome’s Home Trail. Continue following the trail through the heavy tree cover as it winds its way east along the Trans Canada Trail toward the campus. Eventually, you will return to the parking area, having completed the Trans Canada and Pandora Trail Loop on Burnaby Mountain.

Getting There

To get to the trailhead for the Trans Canada and Pandora Trail Loop from Vancouver, drive east on E Hastings Street/BC-7A for 1.9 km and make a right turn onto Hastings Street. After 650 m, the road will turn into Burnaby Mountain Parkway. Continue for 1.1 km, and turn left onto Centennial Way. In 1.0 km, the parking area will be on the right.

Route Details

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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