Posted March 3, 2011 by Adam Toren in Top Ten

Top 10 Outdoor Activities

Vancouver is known for the city to go to if you love the great outdoors.

People move to the west coast or visit just to experience everything from surfing to skiing and during some parts of the year – you can do both on the same day.

Vancouver is like one big playground with countless outdoor activities like hiking the Grouse Grind, sailing, snowboarding and so much more. If you like to get out and play, check out the top ten outdoor activities in the city of Vancouver.

Jericho Sailing Centre
1300 Discovery Street. Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-224-4177
Web site: www.jsca.bc.ca

The Jericho Sailing Centre is modeled after a community centre and not after a yacht club or a sailing club.

This means they get to offer a unique setting featuring a playground, gymnasium, arena, pitch, pool and activities on the sea such as paddling kayaks, paddleboards, surf skis, rowing, windsurfing, skim boarding and yes, even sailing.

Jericho sailing centre helps introduce over 6,000 people each year to Vancouver’s marine environment.

Deep Cove
2156 Banbury Road, North Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-929-2268
Web site: www.deepcovekayak.com

Deep Cove Outdoors – your four season recreational specialists. Ocean kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, cross country skiing to snowshoeing – they can help you do it all.

Offering expert advice for beginners to expert level, you will also find a wide range of kayaks in stock to rent from.

They also feature a highly acclaimed kayak school with numerous opportunities to take lessons and tours for individuals and groups.

With an emphasis on safety, their rentals, lessons and tours will provide you with all the gear that you will need for a great day on the water.

Fraserview Golf Course
7800 Vivian Drive, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-280-1818
Web site: www.fraserviewgolf.ca

Fraserview offers golfers an old course feeling in a west coast setting. Hidden away by a mature urban forest on a 225 acre site, this well-maintained course offers a variety of challenges for golfers of all skill levels.  Overlooking the Fraser River from the southeast slope of Vancouver, this traditional style course offers topographic changes along majestic tree-lined fairways. A one and a half acre pond, large stream openings and the challenge of crossing Vivian Creek before attempting the 18th green, add to the Fraserview experience.

With a two-tier, partially covered driving range, practice putting greens and get tips from a complete staff of Canadian PGA instructors.

Skiing & Snowboarding
Grouse Mountain
6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-984-0661
Web site: www.grousemountain.com

Cypress Mountain

Tel: 604-419-7669
Web site: www.cypressmountain.com

Seymour Mountain
1700 Mount Seymour Rd., North Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-986-2261
Web site: www.mountseymour.com

Grouse mountain is just a 15 minute commute from downtown and is Vancouver’s premier attraction and getaway.  Cypress and Seymour mountains may be a little further away but are also the top spots to take in breath taking views.  All three locations offer the perfect destination for a truly rewarding and memorable experience.

They have a ton of  summer and winter activities to choose from so there is always something going on no matter what time of year you want to visit.

Mountain Biking

Sea to Sky Trail Society

Tel: 604-892-5467

North Vancouver, BC


Whistler Resort Association

Tel: 1-800-944-7853

Web site: http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/mbike/vancouver.

Vancouver is covered with trails that feature fabulous scenic views to discover.  There are also a number of very active clubs and bike shops throughout this area to help you get onto the many mountain biking trails for your riding pleasure.

Grouse Grind
6400 Nancy Greene Way, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-984-0661
Web site: www.grousemountain.com

The Grouse Grind is a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain or better known as Mother Nature’s stair master.

Each year, over 100,000 people hike the trail.  On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike and for novice hikers, two hours is recommended.

Web site: www.coastalbc.com/wind/index.htm (online resource only)

Get out on the water and enjoy the Pacific Ocean. Vancouver has loads of water-based activities for locals and visitors alike to get involved in.

Windsurfing is one of the best ways to enjoy the waters around the calm city during the summer and spring months. The west coast weather usually means the more wind there is, the more chill you will feel in the air so dress appropriately.


Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

West Vancouver, BC

Tel: 604-985-1690

Web site: http://www.britishcolumbia.com/parks/?id=488

Lynn Valley Headwaters is a great park to enjoy the day at and have a picnic.

Located in North Vancouver, this park is a hidden jewel, located just out of the city.  Within minutes of entering the park, all the sounds of the city seem to evaporate and are replaced by the constant rhythm of water splashing on boulders in chilly Lynn Creek.

Hiking trails begin at the entrance to the park.  An information kiosk is located on the east side of Lynn Creek to help visitors become familiar with the area and reminds hikers of the importance of advance preparation.

GVRD Park’s West Vancouver, BC

Tel: 604-224-5739

Web site:  www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/parks/parks/stanley

The Stanley Park Seawall is a great way to get out for the day and get some exercise. Take your camera and take photos of Stanley Park and Vancouver’s glorious waterfront. It is one of the city’s main tourist attractions but there are plenty of places to park, picnic and discover.

Stanley Park is an evergreen oasis of 400 hectares (1,000 acres) close to the downtown core. Its natural west coast atmosphere offering a back drop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees embraces visitors and transports them to an environment rich in tranquility.   The park is near  swimming pools, outdoor kids play areas and even a world renowned aquarium.

Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.