It’s hard not to be inspired to get outside when you’re in Vancouver. Look up — you’re surrounded by mountains. Look out — there’s ocean everywhere. Plus, the moment you step outside, you’re bound to see an active local going for a morning jog or heading to a yoga class.
To get in on the action, shake up your vacation a bit and hike, bike, and stretch your way through the city.
Do as Vancouverites do and hike! There are plenty of trails in and around the city, many of which you can get to on public transit. Head to Grouse Mountain and trek the infamous Grouse Grind (aka nature’s stairmaster), and enjoy the view and activities up top. In summer, you can watch a Lumberjack Show, check out birds of prey, and see grizzlies. Another local favorite is the Quarry Rock hike, which takes you to a rocky outcropping with a great view of Indian Arm, a beautiful body of water surrounded by trees. Plus, there’s an awesome donut shop in the little village at the base of the hike. If you’re looking for something lower key, Vancouver parks are perfect for a brisk walk. Check out Stanley Park for a walk that will be punctuated with beaches, views, and attractions like the Vancouver Aquarium.
Vancouver is the perfect city for biking. Sure, there are a few hills here and there, but exploring the city on two wheels is a great way to see it all. Rent a bike at one of the many spots downtown, then head out on the Seawall. This path wraps around the city along the water, plus it’s nice and flat for an easy ride. As you wander, stop for a drink and a bite as a restaurant or beach concession stand. Bikes also make for a great way to travel between unique neighborhoods, like Railtown or Mount Pleasant. If you’re in Mount Pleasant, you can consider a craft beer tour with Cycle City Tours. Sample local favorites and see the area, all with a friendly guide.
Healthy eats to pair with your healthy vacation? Vancouver’s got those. There are a slew of plant-based and health-focused restaurants throughout the city. If you’re looking for a quick snack, try The Juice Truck, which offers smoothies and other on-the-go items. For fast-casual, head to The Arbor. Their cute little space (check out the secret back patio) paired with inventive takes on favorite foods (like mac n’ cheese) will satiate the hungriest of travelers. Looking for a bit of ambiance? Check out Nuba — a Lebanese restaurant that serves fresh dishes full of flavor. If you want to cook your own feast (or pack a picnic), check out Granville Island for fresh veggies, cheeses, and more.
You’ve probably heard that Vancouver is known for yoga, so why not try it out while you’re here? Spend a morning stretching at an outdoor class in the summer (like one of these) or head inside in the winter to a hot yoga class. No matter which studio you try, you’ll be sure to meet some of the best (and chillest) yoga teachers in the country. If you’re not into yoga, but still want a good stretch and a good workout, try one of the many boutique fitness studios around town.
Part of being healthy and active is giving yourself some time to rest. After days of exploring the city, consider stopping in at Moment Meditation to give your mind a break. You can also find some serenity on the water by renting a kayak in Deep Cove or on Granville Island. A different type of experience can be found on a Talking Trees Tour in Stanley Park. Here, you’ll explore the park with a First Nations guide who will show you the secrets of the forest. And, of course, there’s always a trip to the spa to help you unwind before heading back home.
Vancouver is the perfect spot for a healthy and active vacation. Year-round, you’ll be able to hike, bike, eat, stretch, and relax in this West Coast paradise.
Inspiration for a healthy and active vacation awaits at the Tourism Vancouver website.