Straddled by the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver offers a unique natural splendor that adventurers are sure to savor. The lush evergreen forests of British Columbia provide the perfect backdrop for a hiking or cycling trip while the North Shore offers ample space for watersports. With many opportunities to escape to nature, let our guide lead you to the best outdoor activities Vancouver, BC has to offer below. A quick trip from Downtown is all you need to discover the natural beauty of British Columbia.
Find our favorite outdoorsy things to do in Vancouver, BC below.
Vancouver Seawall Walk, Jog, Bike Path
The world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront pathway. The 28 km Seaside greenway is an uninterrupted pathway, from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks Park. Perfect for a walk, cycle, or jog, it is the most popular recreational spot in the city, including the Stanley Park Seawall portion.
Located at the mouth of False Creek, is a less populated beach close in south side of Downtown Vancouver than English Bay to its west. It is close to the Vancouver Aquatic Centre and has access to the False Creek Ferry pier.
False Creek Ferries
False Creek’s original ferry company, offering friendly service and comfortable vessels, and the most routes and destinations in the area including Granville Island. False Creek Ferries is Vancouver’s little ferry.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Spanning 140 metres across and suspended 70 metres above the river below, the Capilano Bridge is standard for any vacation to Vancouver. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or an outdoor newbie, this is the perfect dive into North Vancouver’s lush forests.
3735 Capilano Rd
North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1
Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak Centre
Only 30 minutes from Downtown, Deep Cove is your destination for watersports. Rent ocean kayaks, stand up paddleboards (SUPs), surf skis, and canoes and enjoy the Pacific up close.
2156 Banbury Rd
North Vancouver, BC V7G 2T1
Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains
Heading over in the winter? The Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains are world-renowned ski destinations. Carve the powder and see why BC makes the ultimate cold weather destination.
Grouse Mountain Ziplines
Soar through Grouse Mountain at speeds reaching 80 km/hr with Grouse Mountain Ziplines. Experience five ziplines over two hours for a truly unique view of the mountain.
North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4K9
Named after the lighthouse overlooking the shores of West Vancouver, this park is the premier destination for hiking, climbing, and a variety of other outdoor activities.
4902 Beacon Ln
West Vancouver, BC V7W 1K5