Vancouver really has it all. A cosmopolitan metropolis, it is also nestled against mountains AND the Pacific Ocean. That means you can be enjoying a five star restaurant or life changing concert one minute, and be blazing down a mountain trail on a bike or serene in untouched nature the next.
North Vancouver, or “the North Shore” is where Vancouverites go to play outside. Here are some of our favourite things to do while out in the sun.
STAND UP PADDLE BOARD IN DEEP COVE
Real outdoor warriors may opt to Kayak around the coast, but if you just want to get out and enjoy the water without a lot of stress and effort, stand up paddle boarding is for you, and North Vancouver’s Deep Cove is just the place to do it. Calm waters and green scenery make this the ideal place to get your sea legs, and the availability of rentals means you don’t have to spend a lot of coin to do it. If you REALLY want to do it like locals do, you can try yoga on your board!
EAT A DONUT
Okay, this isn’t really an outdoor activity, but Honey’s Donuts in Deep Cove makes a one of a kind deep fried confection that really complements a day in the sun. Careful – they are habit forming.
THE NORTH VANCOUVER ALE TRAIL
North Van just joined the BC Ale Trail, a coalition of breweries that pair local brews with the best biking and hiking in the region. Check out here for details on how best to build a thirst for the best beer in the area.
THE GROUSE GRIND
Grouse Mountain is a local’s favourite, a combination ski-hill, community centre and network of hiking trails that offers the best of outdoor activity close to home. Grouse Mountain is maybe most infamous for the Grouse Grind – a 2.9 km hike directly up the mountain that is affectionately known as “nature’s stairmaster.” If you can take it on, you join an esteemed club of the truly courageous.
CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
Combining a fantastic walk in the woods with the sweaty palmed excitement of vertigo, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is a perfectly safe way to experience incredible views while perched atop some of BC’s most scenic terrain. A must visit.
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