Location in Vancouver: Northwest Marine Drive, by Spanish Banks
Beach, near UBC.
Liked: A pleasant
forest, shade, several fine water and mountain views, a large tree, an
Of Note: The trail is popular, constant
traffic noise and frequent airplane noise, steep drop-offs, off-leash
dogs, parking could be an issue during the busy season.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains BC Backroad Mapbook (2nd edition)
Page 1 (Vancouver) A2.
Other Trips in Vancouver Area:
Museum, Vancouver Seawall,
Canada Line Opening
Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Metro Vancouver Official Site.
Admiralty Trail is quite short (about 1.7 km), and can be done at a
leisurely pace in half an hour. This trail is part of an enormous
Pacific Spirit Regional Park, and has several other trails branching off
or intersecting with it, so your hike can be extended accordingly. For
example, you can take East and West Canyon trails for a 20-30 minute
loop, which will get you back to Admiralty trail - taking this loop
would also bring the traffic noise to a minimum. Admiralty Trail runs
parallel to Northwest Marine Drive, and parallel to the Spanish Banks
beach. The benefit of taking this trail is threefold: 1) shade, which is
virtually absent on the beach; 2) fewer people than on the beach; 3) a
bit less noise than on the beach. The views of the water and mountains
are largely obstructed by trees, though a few spots feature a treeless
"window" to look through. Beware of off-leash dogs - one overly friendly
pooch jumped on us and scratched our leg.
1. Here is the location of Pacific Spirit Regional Park (in red) in
Metro Vancouver - this map is provided by Metro Vancouver at an
Metro Vancouver Parks Map
2. Also at the information stand is a map of the Northern part of Pacific
Spirit Regional Park - we parked a the P sign seen in the top left
the photo below. You can also park at the Spanish Banks Central Lot, to
start your hike of Admiralty Trail from the opposite direction.
Map of Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Northern Part
3. We are westbound on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver, with Alma Street a
few hundred meters behind us, and the turnoff to Northwest Marine Drive
West 4th Avenue Vancouver BC Canada
4. Within a minute, make a right turn onto Northwest Marine Drive. It's
1.1 km from Alma Street to NW Marine Drive turnoff.
West 4th Avenue at Northwest Marine Driver Turnoff in Vancouver British
5. Take NW Marine Drive for 3.5 kilometers. Watch for cyclists - they
NW Marine Drive Vancouver BC
6. Arriving at the parking lot for Pacific Spirit Regional Park -
Admiralty Trail (to the left) and Acadia Beach (to the right).
Coordinates for the parking lot: N
49⁰16.760' W 123⁰14.518'. Elevation: 10 meters.
Parking lot for Admiralty Trail and Acadia Beach in Pacific Spirit
7. The view of the parking lot from the other side. About 20 vehicles
can fit here, and parking could be a challenge on busy days. Also,
parking is restricted to 3 hours Monday through Friday. No such limit at
the Spanish Banks Central Lot, at the other end of Admiralty Trail.
Admiralty Trail Parking lot in Pacific Spirit Regional Park Vancouver BC
8. Information board is located next to a short path to Acadia Beach.
9. Here is the path. At the bottom are three picnic tables and several
washrooms. Upon making a sharp right turn, there is the beach access
(dogs are allowed off-leash on that beach).
Path to Acadia Beach at Pacific Spirit Regional Park Vancouver British
10. Acadia Beach features a very neat view.
Acadia Beach Pacific Spirit Regional Park
11. Downtown Vancouver via a substantial zoom.
Zoomed View of Downtown Vancouver from Acadia Beach in Pacific Spirit
12. In the opposite direction from the Acadia Beach access, and right
across from the parking lot, is a staircase leading to Admiralty Trail.
Admiralty Trail Access Staircase Pacific Spirit Regional Park
13. At the top of the staircase.
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14. Admiralty Trail begins. It will end 1.7 km later by the Spanish
Banks Central Lot.
The beginning of Admiralty Trail Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Trail in Vancouver
15. Alas, the views are mostly obstructed by the trees. Though,
occasionally, you do get to see the water and mountains.
View from Admiralty Trail - hiking in Vancouver BC
16. Now with some zoom.
Vancouver hike - zoomed view from Admiralty Trail Pacific Spirit
17. Approximately 1.3 km from the start of the trail, you get to see
this very fine tree.
Admiralty Trail - Vancouver Trail British Columbia
18. Quite impressive indeed.
A large tree on Admiralty Trail - hiking in Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Vancouver BC Canada
19. You then get to walk up and down some stairs, and then down again...
Staircase on Admiralty Trail Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Hiking in
20. Eventually, you end up at the Spanish Banks Central Lot.
Spanish Banks Central Lot Vancouver BC
21. Here is a good place to park, if the first lot is full, or you plan
on parking for more than 3 hours on a weekday.
Spanish Banks Central Parking Lot Vancouver British Columbia Canada
22. Good views here.
View from Spanish Banks Central Parking Lot in Vancouver BC
23. Here is the view of the way to Admiralty Trail from Spanish Banks
The way to Admiralty Trail from Spanish Banks Central Parking Lot
Admiralty Trail in Pacific Spirit Regional Park is quite short, but has
its benefits for folks in need of a shade, or a less crowded outdoors
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Admiralty Trail Hike in Pacific Spirit Regional Park