Explore British Columbia's Beauty and Explore the Great Outdoors

No matter the time of year, Vancouver is an outdoor enthusiast's playground. From skiing and hiking to biking and beaching, there's something for everyone.

Grouse Mountain is one of the most popular outdoor attractions in Vancouver and that's for a good reason, too. With activities to do all year long, Grouse Mountain's doors are always open for a little action in the great outdoors. During the summer months, test your endurance by hiking up the Grouse Grind. Make sure you're dressed properly and have appropriate foot attire because once you start ascending the hike, it's not advisable you try to descend it. Water is also essential when hiking the Grind.

Capilano Suspension Bridge and Regional Park is the North Shore's magical escape from the city. It boasts beautifully creative Totem Poles, First Nations art and the fascinating story of how and when the original suspension bridge was erected.

For those sun-filled days, lazing around on a beach seems like the most ideal thing to do. Lacarno and Jericho beaches are sandy oasis' that offer a relaxing reprieve from the bustle of downtown Vancouver.

Stanley Park offers the quintessential Vancouver experience, and can be explored for many hours. In the park you can enjoy trails, an aquarium, beaches, a pool and water park.

If the perfect getaway is somewhere that the outdoors reign supreme, Vancouver is the place for you to visit and these attractions will get you started off on the right foot.

Outside the City

One of the newer attractions down the road from Golden Ears Park is WildPlay Park. This park is an old campground that has been revitalized into an interactive park that will keep kids happy and entertain the adults too. The park is a series of...  Read More

North Shore
Lighthouse Park
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This rugged, forested park, which is located along West Vancouver's Marine Drive and 20 minutes from downtown, features several trails that lead to tidal pools. In order to keep impact on the environment to a minimum (and to avoid getting lost,...  Read More

About 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver is the area's most famous attraction, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which sees some 800,000 visitors each year. The original bridge was built in 1889, and although it's been replaced since then, there's...  Read More

Grouse Mountain is open all year long for outdoorsmen and women to enjoy and it's conveniently located right across the water from downtown Vancouver. Hike the Grind, or ride up the Gondola to reach the top, and once there, the scene of the city...  Read More

Stretching 5.5-miles (8.8km) around Stanley Park, this lovely jaunt is perfect on a sunny day to bike, walk, run and blade around. Going around the Seawall is best enjoyed with a few stops here and there, and fortunately for you, there are...  Read More

This stunning piece of shoreline offers views of North Shore Mountains, Howe Sound, Stanley Park, Bowen Island, Vancouver's skyline, passing cruise ships and spectacular sunsets. Both beaches have large sandy shorelines, as well as grassy areas...  Read More

Stanley Park
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Located in Downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park offers a green oasis to city dwellers that stretches over 1,000 acres of land. Lord Stanley of Preston opened the park in 1888, and at the time it was a haven for gathering various material and food....  Read More

A majestic and lush rainforest set in the heart of North Vancouver is calling. The park is loaded with hiking trails, natural swimming pools, an ecology centre, and a suspension bridge. And, the best part of it all is that everything is free....  Read More

Outside the City

The Sea to Sky Gondola takes you on a 10-minute ride up the mountain to the Summit Lodge. Once at the top, this magnificent piece of nature is yours to explore. There are hiking trails, a suspension bridge, viewing platforms, mountain biking...  Read More

Ski Magazine has dubbed Whistler-Blackcomb the best ski resort in the world, thanks in large part to an average annual snowfall of 30 feet and glacier skiing that often lasts into August. The two mountains have a combined acreage of over 8100...  Read More


Meet Natasha John

Natasha is not born and raised in Vancouver, but is pretty certain it's her spirit hometown. After jumping around Canada, Texas, Arkansas and the UK, she has her feet firmly planted in...  More About Natasha