Mother Nature Shines in British Columbia: Explore Vancouver's Best Outdoor Activities

No matter the time of year, Vancouver always has something to do outside. From skiing and hiking to biking and beaching, your options are quite literally endless. This is a city that's known for its West Coast rain, but if you're dressed appropriately, it won't get in the way.

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 is always ready for some action. During the summer months, test your endurance by hiking up the Grouse Grind. Make sure you're physically ready 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.

A short drive from downtown Vancouver is the scenic town of Squamish. Here, you'll find a jaw-dropping views at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola. When you're at the top, take advantage of the various trails and lookout points. If you really want to get your exercise in, there's the Sea to Summit trail that starts at the bottom of the mountain and will take you to the top (in lieu of the gondola). This can take about three to five hours.

For those sun-filled days, lazing around on a beach seems like the most ideal thing to do. Lacarno and Jericho beaches 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.

Here in Vancouver, the outdoor is always calling.

Outside the City

Get outside of the city and head to WildPlay Park, just outside of Maple Ridge's Golden Ears Park. What was once an old camp ground has now been revitalized into an interactive park that will keep kids (and adults) happy and entertained. The...  Read More

North Shore
Lighthouse Park
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This rugged, forested park is located along West Vancouver's Marine Drive and is only about 20 minutes from downtown. The trail from the parking lot to the lighthouse viewpoint is steep wear your hiking boots and be prepared for a strenuous...  Read More

About 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver is one of North Vancouver's most famous attractions, the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This beautiful and fun spot sees some 800,000 visitors each year. The original bridge was built in 1889, and...  Read More

Conveniently located just a short drive from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is open all year long for outdoorsmen and women to enjoy. During warmer months, put your fitness to the test and hike the Grind. This challenging trail is not for...  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...  Read More

Stanley Park
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Located in downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park offers a green oasis for 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

Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge

A majestic and lush rainforest set in the heart of North Vancouver offers some much appreciated solitude from the city. The park is loaded with hiking trails, an ecology centre, and a suspension bridge. The best part of it all? Everything is...  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

With an average annual snowfall of 30 feet and glacier skiing that often lasts into August, it's no surprise that Whistler Blackcomb is known for being one of the best ski resorts in the world. The two mountains have a combined acreage of over...  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