Spring has officially sprung! Even though we all know spring is famous for being filled with rain and unpredictable weather changes, there are still tons of things to do outdoors now that the ground is thawed and the sun is (sometimes) shining.
Here are the top 5 things to do outdoors on the West Coast:
A glacial fjord carved into a magnificent stretch of mountain, the Indian Arm is a first-rate sea kayaking experience. The stretch from Deep Cove to the northern tip of the Indian Arm provides 20 kilometres of calm ocean waters to be explored and access to multiple camp sites. Wildlife includes harbour seals, 79 bird species, and if you watch the shore, black-tailed deer and black bear.
Insider’s Tip: Deep Cove Kayak offers Cheap Date Night rentals Friday evenings during the summer. A little premature but still a good tip.
Looking to get out of the city? Maybe you’re just not into trekking with all that gear on your back. With no shortage of campgrounds within a short drive from Vancouver, car camping is a great way to get outdoors and spend a night under the stars. Alice Lake in Squamish is a great family oriented campground with facilities.
Insider’s Tip: Pick your campground and pre-book with discovercamping.ca
Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Games for a reason. A short drive to Whistler will give you a world-class experience, but don’t overlook the local resorts either. Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain each have something to offer, all reachable within 30 minutes from downtown.
Insider’s Tip: You don’t need to get up at 6am to get in a full day. All three local resorts offer nighttime riding under lights.
With more than 100 kilometres of mountain range between West Vancouver and Whistler, you’ll never get bored of hiking here. There is great hiking throughout Metro Vancouver, but the Sea to Sky stretch offers my favourite day hikes. Each present different challenges and spectacular views.
Insider’s Tip: The Stawamus Chief (locally referred to as “The Chief”) is the most well-known hike on this stretch, which means it can also be busy.
Okay, this one is a bit cliché, but how could it be left out? Not all outdoor activities have to get your heart racing. I don’t know how many cities have such a large, beautiful park as the welcome mat to their downtown, but Stanley Park has to be one of the (if not the) best parks out there. A walk, jog, bike or rollerblade around the 10-kilometre seawall is a relaxing way to get outside and soak up a sunny Vancouver day.
Insider’s Tip: While the seawall follows the outer edges of the park, there are also kilometres of trails throughout the interior of the park, including beautiful ones around Lost Lagoon.
This isn’t a comprehensive list of outdoor activities you can enjoy around Vancouver, just my personal favourites. Maybe you’re into mountain biking, rock climbing, wind surfing, snowmobiling, ski-touring, paragliding… I think you get the point. Just get out there!