Outdoor Activities in Vancouver

Given the proximity of water to mountain, and bike path to swimming pool, not to mention the ease of getting around by bike, bus, car, and ferry, it's definitely possible to undertake two or more outdoor activities in a single day. Cross-trainers, this is the place for you. If you're going to multitask, though, it's a good idea to plan ahead, and if you need to rent equipment, do so in advance.

Whatever you're planning to do, in the interest of making the most of your time, and ensuring safety, download maps and other descriptive information you may need. If you're venturing off the beaten path, be sure you're dressed suitably, have emergency food and gear, and leave notification of where you're headed and when you'll return.

The possibilities are almost endless, but here are some pointers for combining activities:

Kayaking in False Creek: The waters are usually tranquil in early morning, which makes it a good time to savor the pleasures of traveling at sea level.

Jogging around Stanley Park: Early-morning runners have the seawall pretty much to themselves.

Swimming in Kitsilano Pool: The lanes in this heated saltwater pool are less crowded in the early morning.

Cycling the city: By midmorning, all but the city's major arterial streets should be relatively calm.

Fishing or wildlife-watching: In all but the worst weather, you can rent a boat for a few hours spent in pursuit of salmon, or join a tour in search of whales, sea lions, or eagles. Dawn and dusk are the best times to spot wildlife.

Beach volleyball: Late afternoon is a good time to head to Kitsilano Beach for a volleyball game.

Golf at Fraserview: A warm summer evening is the ideal time to golf at this celebrated public golf course.

Night skiing at Grouse: On a crisp winter night, there's no better place to be than on the slopes of Grouse Mountain. The canopy of stars will glitter, while below, the city dazzles.

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