Gorgeous Vancouver, on Canada’s Pacific coast, is a cosmopolitan city, full of museums, parks, and historical downtown hotels, and perched right on the edge of wilderness. A vibrant urban atmosphere coexists perfectly with a wonderful, natural playground that is easily accessible from anywhere in the city. Take a break fromthe sometimes hectic city streets and venture out and experience Vancouver’s multitude of outdoor activities.
Hiking trails abound in Vancouver, and they range from very easy paved routes to strenuous ones for the experienced hiker. A trip around the perimeter of the famous Stanley Park is a great way to see the sights, and a hike up Grouse Mountain offers sweeping views, as well as an optional gondola ride back to the bottom. Lynn Canyon Park serves up adventure with a suspension bridge, waterfalls, and a swimming hole. Whatever your choice, any of the city’s hiking trails will suit your fitness level and each offers a different perspective on Vancouver’s wild side.
The waters around Vancouver are teeming with wildlife. Porpoises, bald eagles and seals are plentiful arund the islands near Vancouver, but whales are what most people come to see. During the long summer days, pods of orcas, or killer whales, arrive to feast on the salmon, and tourists and locals flock to the water to see them. Join one of Vancouver’s many whale watching boats for a lovely day on the water, and a virtually guaranteed sighting of one of Vancouver’s famous aquatic residents.
A kayak is a great way to explore, and Vancouver’s many kayaking tours and outfitters have mapped out water routes to suit any taste. Explore the waterways of the city, paddle around nearby islands, and even get up close and personal with ocean life, like the famous orcas. Many of these kayaking trips also include hikes and other land based adventures, making them a great way to combine several activities into one day.
A great way to experience any landscape is from the back of a horse, and Vancouver is no exception. Trail rides, beach rides, and overnight wilderness trips are all available from the many stables in the Vancouver area. Guided by experienced horsemen and women, trips are tailored to suit various riding abilities and needs. Most stables also offer lessons on riding and horse care, as well as multi-day camps. Take advantage of Vancouver’s great outdoors and enthusiastic equestrian community for a one of a kind adventure.
Deep Sea Fishing
Vancouver’s close relationship with the ocean means incredibly fresh and delicious seafood lands in virtually every restaurant in town. Why not try your hand at catching some of those fish yourself? Fishing charters are a great way to spend time on the water, and with the abundance of salmon and halibut in the area, coming home with your own fresh catch is practically a guarantee. This is also a great opportunity for a group of people to spend a day together, even if only some are fishing. Whales are bound to make an appearance making this a great adventure for everyone.
Vancouver is certainly one of those cities that just screams “Get out and explore!” If you hear that order while you’re there, you should probably listen. Vancouver knows what she’s talking about.