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Vancouver Travel Guide

Health, Fitness, and Yoga

Vancouver embraces health and wellness. Public and private gyms are well patronized. There are myriad martial arts, yoga, and Pilates classes offered around the city. If you're craving a fitness fix, you'll easily find something that suits you.

Bentall Centre Athletic Club. Specializing in squash, the Bentall Centre also has racquetball courts and weight and cardio gyms. Aerobics and yoga classes are given as well. The drop-in fee is C$15, and you can also call ahead for a free one-day pass. 4 Bentall Centre, 1055 Dunsmuir St., Downtown, Vancouver, BC, V7X 1L3. 604/689–4424. www.bentallcentreathleticclub.com.

Coal Harbour Community Centre. Operated by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, this ultramodern facility is shaped like a ship. On the Coal Harbour seawall, it's conveniently close to downtown hotels and has a fitness center with drop-in classes that cost around C$15. 480 Broughton St., West End, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3H4. 604/718–8222. www.westendcc.ca.

Richmond Olympic Oval. For the 2010 Olympic Games, the neighborhood of Richmond received this speed-skating oval along the Fraser River. The facility, with a gorgeous glass-and-steel design, contains Olympic-size ice rinks, six basketball courts, and a huge fitness center. It's a 15-minute walk from the Canada Line. Day passes cost C$16.50. 6111 River Rd., Richmond, Vancouver, BC, V7C 0A2. 778/296–1400. www.richmondoval.ca.

Robert Lee YMCA. Completely renovated in 2010, this downtown YMCA has the latest in fitness facilities—an indoor pool, sports courts, and yoga areas. 955 Burrard St., Downtown, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y2. 604/689–9622. www.robertleeymca.ca.

Semperviva Yoga Studios. Based in Kitsilano, this major yoga operator runs four studios—including one called the Sea Studio in a former fish factory on Granville Island overlooking False Creek. The drop-in fee is C$16. Pier 32 Bldg., 1333 Johnston St., Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3R9. 604/739–1958. www.semperviva.com.

Vancouver Olympic Centre. Every visitor to Canada should consider experiencing curling at least once—it's the country's national pastime. At this sports facility, built for the 2010 Olympics, you can push off the "hack" to toss the 42-pound rock over the "pebbles" in hopes of at least a "biter." Renovated in 2011, the facility also has an indoor/outdoor aquatic center. 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Riley Park, Vancouver, BC, V5V 3M5. 604/873–7000. www.vancouver.ca/parks/info/2010olympics/hillcrest.htm.

YWCA. With three weight rooms (one reserved for women), an ozone pool, cardio room, hot tub and steam room, and aerobics and yoga classes, the YWCA has it all. The day rate is C$16. 535 Hornby St., Downtown, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2E8. 604/895–5766. www.ywcahealthandfitness.com.

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