Vancouver Outdoor Adventures

Vancouver may well be the most active city in the world, and it’s hardly surprising given its mild climate and proximity to a huge natural playground of forests, mountains, trails, rivers, creeks and the Pacific Ocean.

Vancouverites ski, snow board, snowshoe, sail, boat, swim, paddle, run, cycle, climb, hike and walk during at least part of the year. Many of these activities are popular year round.

During the winter you’ll find three mountain ski areas, all within a half hour of the city and only minutes from the North Shore: Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour Provincial Park.

If you are facing the North Shore Mountains from Vancouver, Cypress is to the left, Grouse is in the middle and Seymour is to the right.

Mild winter days provide the perfect hiking, walking, cycling, running and paddling climate. Sewell’s Marina is open all year round if you want to rent a boat, and so is Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre at Granville Island. Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak is open all summer and in the winter for special paddles.

Of course if it’s raining or if you happen to be lucky enough to arrive during a Vancouver winter snowfall (it happens about once a winter), you may prefer one of Vancouver’s 9 indoor pools or one of the 5 on the North Shore. Most public pools also have saunas, whirlpools, and/or steam rooms.

Whatever time of year you visit, you can include outdoor activities in your itinerary. We guarantee that your outdoor activities will be among the happiest memories you take home. For more information about outdoor activities in Vancouver see the Rec Centre website.