Outdoor Activities to Check Out in Vancouver

With a city as lovable as Vancouver, it’s easy to get lost in all there is to experience. From Gastown to Kitsilano, there are so many bars, restaurants, and experiences to be had that it’s easy to only spend time outside when you are going from building to building. 

As amazing as the city is, if you aren’t also experiencing the outdoors inside Vancouver, you are surely missing out on a major part of what makes this city so special. From options right inside the city to trips that are only slightly outside of the city limits, here are a few of the best outdoor activities Vancouver locals must-see. 

The Beaches

Vancouver has so much going on that it’s easy to forget it’s right on the coast. For outsiders, that might seem hard to imagine but for those locally, they’ll understand it’s just a testament to how much there is going on elsewhere throughout the city itself. This might seem hard to believe, but there are nine different beaches to be found throughout the city. 

Kitsilano Beach is one of the local favorites and it’s somewhere you might have been right next to if you were looking at Vancouver homes for sale in the Kitsilano neighborhood in particular. If you were to ask locally, a few other must-sees include Jericho Beach, Sunset Beach, and Third Beach. While all within the same city, each has their own experiences to offer, so don’t feel like if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. 

Stanley Park

Sometimes a simple walk is all you need to feel absolutely recharged and ready for whatever you might have coming up ahead of you. If you are new to the city and came from somewhere more rural, it’s easy to feel like you left all that behind when you took on the challenges of city life. Since you’ve made Vancouver your new home, that couldn’t be farther than the truth. 

Located right in the heart of downtown, Stanley Park offers a green dream that stretches across over 1000 acres right in the center of the city. While your walk there will be wonderful, that’s not the only thing you’ll be able to do. Along the plenty of trails, you’ll be able to take in lighthouses, an aquarium if you are looking for a break from the outdoors, and plenty of options for food once you find yourself a little on the hungry side. 

Capilano Suspension Bridge

For those looking to get their heart racing a little bit, they might be right at home testing their nerves along the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Getting there will be less than a half an hour drive from downtown and offers visitors the chance to see the Capilano river from over 200 feet above the river itself. 

It’s a 450 feet walk from one side of the bridge to another, which isn’t a long distance in another scenario, but understand that you might feel a little different, and the length might feel a bit longer when you are up there far above normal ground. For those who can handle it, it’s a great opportunity for a brand new look at the world you already know.