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Fat Girls Hiking, Vancouver: Rice Lake


Fat Girls Hiking, Vancouver: Rice Lake

We are so excited to announce that Vancouver has a new ambassador!  Alison will now be leading hikes/events in the Vancouver area.  (Diandra has moved out of the area.  We are so grateful to have had Diandra as an ambassador!). More about Alison here:  Vancouver’s Fat Girls Hiking ambassador, can be reached directly at ZmdodmFuY291dmVyYmMgfCBnbWFpbCAhIGNvbQ==

We are looking for an additional ambassador for the Vancouver area, if you are intersested please read the FGH mission & chapter info  before emailing Summer at ZmF0Z2lybHNoaWtpbmcgfCBnbWFpbCAhIGNvbQ==

Rice Lake is a calm, quiet lake located on the edge of the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver. The trail is a pretty flat loop around the lake. It might take roughly an hour. 

Native Lands:

Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ) 

Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw 

S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō)

Mileage: approximately 3km

Elevation: minimalTrail Conditions: wide, crushed gravel trail.

Dogs Allowed: No

Kid Friendly: yes, stroller friendly too.

Website: 4400 Lillooet Rd North Vancouver BC V7J 2H9 Canada

Directions from City Center: Driving from Vancouver: To reach the trailhead for Rice Lake in North Vancouver, take Highway #1 westbound and take the third exit (Exit #22A) after the Second Narrows Bridge. Immediately, merge with one of the lanes to your left and continue straight through the traffic lights and up the hill towards Capilano University. 

Get into the left lane as you're heading up the hill along Lillioet Road and continue straight through the next traffic light. The road will veer to the right and then left again as it passes a cemetery. A short distance later, the paved road passes through a yellow gate and continues on a road with several speed bumps. Continue until you reach the end where there is a paved parking lot on the right, just before the ranger station. There is additional overflow parking in a gravel lot beyond the paved section.

Once you have parked in the lot, walk towards the park ranger buildings and look for signage to Rice Lake.

By transit: From downtown Vancouver, take the Seabus across to North Vancouver and at the Lonsdale Quay bus loop, take bus #228 to Lynn Valley. You will want to get off of the bus near the end of the route at Dempsey and Lynn Valley Road. Let the bus driver know where you are going and they can stop at the location.

After getting off the bus, walk down a short road and cross a wooden bridge. Walk up the gravel trail until you reach a clearing with a ranger checkpoint and paved road. Stay to the left to walk towards Rice Lake.

Meeting Point:  meet outside the bathroom building at the parking lot.

Bathrooms: at the parking lot

Fees: none

***Please Note****Fat Girls Hiking's Body Positive group hikes are open to ALL genders, ALL sizes, ALL skill levels. Please choose a hike that will meet your needs/abilities. During all of our hikes, we go at the pace of the slowest hiker (usually that's ME!) No one is left behind! We love to share our lived experiences with one another on the trail and hope to create a space where ALL feel welcome! We ask that anyone who joins our group events refrain from diet talk, body shaming or weight loss talk. We don't allow sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia or any other form of bigotry.

Land Acknowledgement: This hike takes place on the ancestral territories of the səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish) and S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō) nations. Fat Girls Hiking acknowledges that our hikers may be guests, settlers & immigrants to this land. We recognize that outdoor recreation is rooted in colonialism and commit ourselves to undoing these dynamics while we’re on the trail.

Fat Girls Hiking group hikes are always free. However, we ask that if you are financial able to, consider making a donation to Fat Girls Hiking by purchasing a ticket to this hike. OR support the growth of FGH by donating to one of our accounts. This helps us to sustain the Fat Girls Hiking community. Funds go toward travel expenses to create new Fat Girls Hiking chapters, to purchase hiking gear & equipment for community members and so we can offer scholarships (for events that do cost money). FGH founder, Summer, is currently On The Road opening FGH chapters across North America. If you're able to donate via Go Fund Me, here's the link for Fat Girls Hiking, On The Road:

Pay Pal: ZmF0Z2lybHNoaWtpbmcgfCBnbWFpbCAhIGNvbQ== or Venmo @fatgirlshiking are other ways to donate. We thank you so much for helping us sustain this community!

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