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Vancouver Outdoor Adventures

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.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge

Suspend your breath at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, swinging and swaying 70m/230ft above the raging Capilano River. Want more excitement? Stroll high above the river on Cliffwalk, a series of cantilevered platforms attached to the canyon wall, or explore the Treetops Adventure, a network of walkways in the forest canopy. All three, plus historic displays, are at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
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Grouse Mountain Resort

Located 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you high above the city to a mountaintop of adventure including hiking trails, ziplining, helicopter tours, paragliding, live entertainment, lumberjack shows, a wil...
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Hiking and Walking

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.

Cypress Provincial Park

Cypress encompasses towering North Shore mountains that form a backdrop to the bustling city of Vancouver. Outdoor recreationists can enjoy hiking and sightseeing, photography, wilderness camping, mountain biking (in limited areas), skiing and oth...
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Grouse Grind

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. The average time is an hour and a half – though you can try for the course record, which is just under 24 minutes. 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.
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Lynn Canyon Park

Visit Lynn Canyon Park, a temperate rainforest situated on the slopes of the North Shore mountains. Hike along trails that meander past moss-draped cedar, hemlock and fir trees. Watch for waterfalls, creeks and the suspension bridge which swings 50m/164ft above Lynn Creek’s thickly forested mountain gorge.
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Mountain Biking on Vancouver's North Shore

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.

Sewell's Sea Safari Eco-Tour

Take a 2 hour boat ride on Vancouver's wild side. In Howe Sound you'll find yourself racing beside steep cliffs, watching seals at play, exploring sea caves & witnessing a variety of marine birds, including the majestic bald eagle. With an experie...
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Lotus Land Tours

The wilderness is only 30 minutes from 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...

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Deep Cove Kayak and Canoe Trips

Deep Cove, just half an hour from downtown Vancouver, is a gateway to Indian Arm, a gorgeous 18-km/11-mi, mountain-encased fjord offering kayaking excursions ranging from a few hours to multi-day. Stretch out on a remote beach, explore an island, or just take in magnificent views and paddle until dusk. While in North Vancouver, stay at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – it’s conveniently located approximately 10 minutes from the Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak Centre, which has rentals and everything required for an adventure.
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Vancouver

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.

Getting around Vancouver

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.

Amtrak Cascades

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.

SeaBus

Enjoy the sights of Vancouver's busy harbour as you sail from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver on the SeaBus, part of Vancouver’s transit system. On the 12-minute harbour crossing watch for tugs, cruise ships, floatplanes and views of the Vancouver skyline. Lonsdale Quay, home to shops and lively public market, is a great place to enjoy the waterfront from a fresh angle; from here, buses run to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and other North Vancouver sights.
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