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Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)

Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)

The popularity of hiking in North Vancouver helps makes this one of Canada's fittest communities, and it's no wonder the life expectancy here is an impressive 83 years.

There are few better ways to exercise the heart and lungs than hiking the dynamic, mountainous terrain of Vancouver's North Shore, from shadowy forests to bubbling streams. The hiking trails are incredibly accessible: even for those coming from downtown Vancouver, it's only a 20-minute drive.

The Grouse Grind

The Grouse Grind is arguably the North Shore's most famous and challenging hike, winding a steep 2.9km/1.8mi up the side of Grouse Mountain. Open from late spring to early autumn, the Grind attracts more than 100,000 hikers every year. It's been dubbed "Nature's Stairmaster," and first-timers are advised to budget an hour and a half to complete the thigh-burning ascent. (As of 2009, the official course records were 25.24 minutes for men and 31.04 for women.)

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