North Beach Trail

Golden Ears Provincial Park

Vancouver Metro Area, British Columbia

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North Beach Trail


  • Parking for North Beach and Lower Falls Trailheads.- North Beach Trail
  • North Beach Trail.- North Beach Trail
  • Gold Creek.- North Beach Trail
  • Plenty of viewpoints.- North Beach Trail
  • Looking down Gold Creek toward Evans Peak.- North Beach Trail
  • Gold Creek has many deep spots for swimming.- North Beach Trail
  • Sword fern.- North Beach Trail
  • Rock shelves jut out into the river.- North Beach Trail
  • Gold Creek has many deep spots for swimming.- North Beach Trail
Overview + Weather
Hike along a beautiful creek. Deep swimming holes.
Crowded on weekends and holidays.
Vancouver Metro Area, BC
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 km (1.24 mi)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
240.00 m (787.40 ft)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Although most hikers use North Beach Trail as a means to get to Alouette Lake's North Beach, the trail itself hosts many swimming holes and can be a destination all its own. From the North Beach and Lower Falls parking area, the trail travels along the north side of Gold Creek, following it for one km down to Alouette Lake. The waters of Gold Creek are a brilliant green, almost chartreuse in places. Vista points up the creek lead back to dramatic views of Evans Peak. Spurs off of the main trail lead down to those viewpoints and to access points to the river. Rock ledges allow for shallow bathing, and there are also many deeper spots for swimming and jumping. Be aware that the current can be swift, so exercise caution and never jump into a river beyond your swimming ability.

Following the trail all the way to North Beach might be a better option for families or new swimmers. The waters of Alouette Lake are gentler. A small sand bar extends into the lake, ensuring that there's plenty of room for everyone to have a lake-side seat. Views both north and south across the long lake are breathtaking. Note that motorized boats are allowed in Alouette Lake, so exercise caution as there is no designated swimming area at North Beach. There are also restrooms at the end of the trail, so plan to bring a picnic and stay for a while. Fishing is allowed with an appropriate license.  

Nearby camping is available throughout Golden Ears Provincial Park, such as North Beach Campground and Gold Creek Campground.

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