Vancouverites are some of the most active people anywhere, and they’re proud of their easy-going lifestyles and environmental values. From hiking in the mountains to windsurfing in English Bay or kayaking in saltwater inlets, there’s more than enough to fill the appetite of any outdoor adventurer.
Head to Cypress Provincial Park, and tackle the trail to Eagle Bluff. It’s a first-hand... Read more look at the rugged Coast Range environment – with views of the ocean far below. For more of a workout, tackle the thigh-burning Grouse Grind. It’s an essential Vancouver experience, as is comparing finishing times over a drink at the mountaintop Altitudes Bistro. If you prefer slow strolls try a walk along the sand flats at Spanish Banks. This long series of beaches near the western edge of the city is where Vancouver’s harbour meets the open waters of the Strait of Georgia.
Vancouver’s most popular hiking trail is the Grouse Grind. The trail starts at the base of Grouse Mountain and head up – way up. On the 2.9-km/1.8-mi trail, gain 853m/2,798ft of elevation and step up 2,830 stairs. But the Grind isn’t just a grind – the forest is gorgeous, and the trail leads to the mountaintop where stunning views make it all worthwhile. Those with enough energy can hike down via a trail of meandering switchbacks or, for a small fee hikers can ride the Skyride gondola all the way down.
Rent a bike, head for the hills and become part of North Vancouver’s legendary mountain... Read more biking scene. Known as the birthplace of freeriding, the Shore, as riders call it, is laced with winding steep trails, complete with wooden bridges, boulders, teeter-totters and ladder bridges. Top spots include Mount Seymour, Mount Fromme, and Cypress Mountain. The majority of trails here are for advanced riders, though intermediates will find a selection to suit them. For rentals, try Different Bikes; their four locations include two in North Vancouver.
One of the must do things in Vancouver is a guided sea kayaking tour and salmon BBQ, served on a small island in Indian Arm Provincial Park. Enjoy your beach picnic, surrounded by magnific...
When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a short drive from downtown, or ride the rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to the city centre. The city is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane. A full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental options are also available.
You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.
All aboard! The Amtak Cascades train service runs daily from Eugene, Oregon, via Portland and... Read more Seattle, to downtown Vancouver. With meal service,bike racks, on board Wifi and scenery galore, it's one of the most relaxing ways to reach Vancouver.
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