7 Adventure Activities to Enjoy Around Vancouver in the Summer
Craving a summer full of adventure? Stay in breathtaking Vancouver, where outdoor activities are plentiful. Visiting Vancouver during the summer months is the perfect time to see and explore everything the beautiful West Coast has to offer. The weather is warm, the ocean is glistening, and the mountains are ready for exploration. As many would say, the west coast is the best coast, and if you spend your summer in Vancouver you’ll quickly understand why.
Adventure and memorable moments make a trip worthwhile. If you’re looking for things to do and see while in Vancouver, try these popular outdoor activities.
Cycling the Seawall
Vancouver is surrounded by water from the Pacific Ocean, False Creek and Burrard Inlet, and the one thing that separates land from sea is the Seawall. This seawall is a prime location for activities that many locals and tourists alike enjoy. While you can walk or run the Seawall, we recommend cycling so that you can take in all the glorious views of the city with ease. Many shops nearby allow visitors to rent bicycles for the day, including English Bay Bike Rentals, EzeeRiders Seawall, Spokes and Bayshore Bike Rentals. Circling around the downtown area, you’ll see Granville Island, Stanley Park, North Vancouver and the Vancouver skyline. As you raise your activity levels throughout your journey, you’ll breathe in the fresh air and feel the ocean breeze by the mountain landscapes.
Walk Around Stanley Park
For a short getaway from the urban sprawl, visit Stanley Park, a 405-hectare public park surrounded by Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. This vast area of land is perfect for family fun activities or a romantic stroll with a loved one. You can easily spend a day at Stanley Park filled with summer fun. Pack a swimsuit and swim at the various nearby pools or tan at the beaches that surround the park such Second Beach or Third Beach. To explore the natural beauty of the park, use the Stanley Park Train, a horse-drawn carriage or walk along the trails. As you venture off, you’ll come across some of the largest trees you’ll ever see in your lifetime and witness the First Nations landmarks through inspiring art and totem poles displayed on site.
Kayaking in Deep Cove
Nestled in North Vancouver is a small town called Deep Cove, a beautiful spot for water activities. On a lovely summer day, this area will have you feeling as though you escaped to a sunny island. The harbour vista is a prime spot for kayaking because the area isn’t as busy as False Creek and the views are just as spectacular. You can rent kayaks and paddles at the Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre. After enjoying the calming water for a few hours, venture out to the nearby town for boutiques and delicious dining options, or take a hike up to Quarry Rock.
Hiking on the North Shore
For adventure in the wild, head to the North Shore, a wonderful destination known for its variety of hiking trails. In this area, there are many hiking trails ranging from easy to intermediate. Whether you prefer seaside hiking, urban hiking or mountain hiking all are guaranteed to offer great views of the city. The North Shore is composed of seven mountains: Black, Cypress, Strachan, Hollyburn, Grouse, Fromme and Seymour. Each trail offers something unique, whether by its intensity levels or picturesque views at the peak. Hiking trails popular with locals and tourists include Grouse Grind, Lynn Canyon Loop, and Capilano Dam Loop.
Swimming at the Outdoor Pool at Kits Beach
On a warm sunny day, you can find an oasis at Kitsilano, where the only salt water swimming pool is also located. The Kitsilano Pool provides outdoor fun for everyone! The 137-meter pool is heated, features 2 water slides and has an admission cost of $6. You can swim casually, take laps or participate in water fitness classes known as Aquafit. After your dip in the pool, head to the trendy Kitsilano neighbourhood to shop at local boutiques and dine at restaurants specializing in simple comfort food.
Paddleboarding at Jericho Beach
A short distance from the downtown area, Jericho Beach is a wonderful spot to take a break from the hustle and bustle and relax by the sea. West of Kitsilano the public beach is perfect for land and water activities, especially paddle boarding. You can rent paddle boards at Ecomarine Paddlebord Centre and paddle your way along the banks of beautiful Point Grey. You may spot some wildlife such as herons, eagles and seals here. Jericho Beach Park, surrounding the beach itself, is good for picnics and for a friendly game of volleyball or soccer.
Take a Boat Ride by Granville Island
With the warm beautiful weather and ocean calling your name, venture out to Granville Island for a boat ride around False Creek. There are many options for cruising these waters, including inexpensive options such as the False Creek Ferries and Aquabus Ferries, both of which bring you to various points of interest around the downtown area. If boating is a fervent hobby of yours, consider renting a small boat for a few hours to explore the sea with friends or family.
More Vancouver Outdoor Activities
Whether you prefer land or water escapades, Vancouver has many activities to make your trip adventurous and memorable. When you visit Vancouver this summer, make sure to add these outdoor activities to your adventure bucket list. If you’re looking for more ideas and things to see or do in Vancouver and surrounding areas, read our last blog post featuring the best places to visit in Western Canada.