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, and Pilates classes offered around the city. If you're craving a fitness fix, you’ll easily find something that suits you.

Richmond Olympic Oval. This speed-skating oval was built alongside the Fraser River, in Richmond, for the 2010 Olympic Games. The facility, with a gorgeous glass-and-steel design, contains Olympic-size ice rinks and a huge fitness center with a climbing wall. It's a 15-minute walk from the Canada Line. 6111 River Rd., Richmond, British Columbia, V7C 0A2. 778/296–1400; Day passes C$16.50.

Robert Lee YMCA. This downtown YMCA has the latest in fitness facilities, including an indoor pool, sports courts, and yoga studios. 955 Burrard St., Downtown, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 1Y2. 604/689–9622;

Semperviva Yoga Studios. The Granville Island location of Semperviva, one of Vancouver's most popular yoga studios, is called the Sea Studio, and it overlooks False Creek. The drop-in fee is C$23, including a mat. Pier 32 Bldg., 1333 Johnston St., Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 3R9. 604/739–2009;

YWCA. With aerobics and yoga classes, a six-lane indoor pool, a cardio room, three weight rooms (one reserved for women only), and a hot tub and steam room, the YWCA has it all. 535 Hornby St., Downtown, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 2E8. 604/895–5777; Day pass C$17.