Here are the top five fittest ways to enjoy the sights of Vancouver.
On the move is the only way to experience Vancouver, B.C. After all, CNN.com named it one of the top 10 healthiest cities in the world, calling it the “most walkable city in the Canada” and noting its easy access to green space, fresh water, the ocean and mountains.
Summertime is the perfect season to get out and enjoy its natural environs. Here are the top five fittest ways to enjoy the sights of Vancouver:
Rent a kayak on Granville Island. Launch a kayak in False Creek — the inlet separating the downtown core from south Vancouver — and view the city’s urban beauty in a natural setting. Afterward, trade water paddling for people watching and grab some fresh and tasty fare at the island’s Public Market.
Stroll/jog/bike/skate the Seawall. One of Vancouver’s most treasured destinations is its seawall — the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world. The 17.3-mile route skirts the water for a gorgeous outing and takes you past Granville Island, Stanley Park and Kitsalano Beach Park. Along the way, sate your appetite at the Teahouse in Stanley Park, where you can dig into fresh seafood.
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Bike the North Shore Mountains. If you understand what is meant by “old school gnar,” “shore riding” or “free riding” — or if you want to learn — head to the North Shore, home of world-class mountain biking. Seasoned riders can traverse natural obstacles such as boulders and ravines, while those new to the sport can take lessons or guided tours. Following your calorie-burning workout, treat yourself at Honey’s Donuts in the North Shore community of Deep Cove, which serves up its mouth-watering namesake doughnuts along with other home-cooked meals.
Conquer the Grouse Grind. Called “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster,” Grouse Grind is a 1.8-mile trail up — straight up — Grouse Mountain. The rugged trail rises 2,800 feet — and more than 2,800 stairs — to the top where you can celebrate your achievement with a refreshing brew at one of the bistros or restaurants on the mountain’s peak.
Test your balance on a paddleboard. Explore Vancouver’s diverse shoreline on a paddleboard. You can rent one at a number of locations around the city, including Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre, Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre, and Jericho Sailing Centre. Traditional paddleboarding not enough of a challenge for you? Try SUP (Stand-up Paddleboarding) yoga. SUP Yoga Vancouver offers classes to balance your core and lift your spirits.
Cross into the wild and explore British Columbia. Plan your journey at HelloBC.com/tripideas