Vancouver Sports & Activities

Blessed with a mild climate, fabulous natural setting, and excellent public-use facilities, Vancouverites, unsurprisingly, are an outdoorsy lot. It's not uncommon for locals to commute to work by foot or bike and, after hours, they're as likely to hit the water, trails, ski slopes, or beach volleyball courts as the bars or nightclubs.

Exceptional for North American cities, the downtown peninsula of Vancouver is entirely encircled by a seawall along which you can walk, in-line skate (which is still quite popular in Vancouver), cycle, or otherwise propel yourself for more than 22 km (13½ miles), with plenty of picturesque jumping on and off points. It's so popular that it qualifies as an, albeit unofficial, national treasure. There are places along the route where you can canoe, or kayak, or simply go for a swim. Top-rated skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, fishing, diving, and golf are just minutes away by car or transit.

You'll find rental equipment and tour operators in Vancouver for every imaginable outdoor activity, from tandem bikes for Stanley Park trails to stand-up paddleboards on Granville Island. Yoga studios seem to be around every corner and hiking trails materialize just at the end of the road. Hotel concierges can recommend the best wilderness trails just as easily as they can top sushi spots. To buy or rent gear, head to the Mountain Equipment Co-op, a local institution.

Beaches

Greater Vancouver is well endowed with beaches—from the pebbly coves of West Vancouver to a vast tableau of sand at Spanish Banks, in Point...

Biking

Vancouver's most popular bike path is the 9-km (5½-mile) Stanley Park Seawall , which follows the park's perimeter, hugging the harbor along...

Diving

The rugged coastline of southwestern British Columbia offers excellent and varied diving with vistas of below surface sheer rock walls and thick...

Ecotours and Wildlife Viewing

Given a temperate climate and forest, mountain, and marine environments teeming with life, it's no surprise that wildlife-watching is an important...

Fishing

You can fish for salmon all year round in coastal British Columbia, weather and marine conditions permitting. Halibut, at 25 kilograms (55 pounds...

Golf

Vancouver-area golf courses offer golfing with fantastic scenery. Most are open year-round. Three championship golf courses (including serene...

Health, Fitness, and Yoga

Vancouver embraces health and wellness with open arms. Public and private gyms are well patronized, and there are myriad martial arts, yoga...

Hiking

With its expansive landscape of mountains, inlets, alpine lakes, and approachable glaciers, as well as low-lying rivers, hills, dikes, and meadows...

Hockey

The Canucks have sold out every game since 2004. Tickets can be purchased at legal resale outlets. Watching NHL hockey in a Canadian city is...

Running

Vancouverites go for a run at any time of day, in almost any weather. The seawall around the downtown peninsula remains the most popular route...

Water Sports

From kayaking in False Creek to windsurfing in English Bay, white-water rafting in North Vancouver rivers, or excursions farther afield, Vancouver...

Winter Sports

Whistler-Blackcomb, just a two-hour drive from Vancouver, is the top-ranked ski destination in the region but there are plenty of winter sports...

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