If you love being around nature like me, one thing to always look for when traveling to a new place is the outdoor activities it has to offer. Breathing in fresh air and immersing in sunshine does wonders to both physical and mental health. If you're based in a country with travel restrictions, consider these as recommendations for your future travels.
One city in Canada that has some great outdoor attractions is Vancouver. If you’re in the market for a new home, check out some homes for sale in Vancouver.
Now let’s get into some of those outdoor activities that travelers in varying fitness levels can enjoy!.
Surrounded by water, Stanley Park has some of the most breathtaking views in all of Canada. Offering 400 hectares of rainforest, hiking trails, beaches, natural and cultural landmarks, it makes for great memories and photos.
|Miniature Railway. Photo by Marcin Chady , under license CC by 2.0|
Within the park are great places for dining and the Vancouver Aquarium. Walk the park, visit these places, or do both. There is also a hidden gem within the park, the Seawall. We’ll get into that in a bit.
There are many great beaches throughout Vancouver, but none quite like Kitsilano Beach. The locals fondly call this beach Kits Beach. Keep that in mind in case you need to ask for directions. There is plenty of space here for sunbathers and many volleyball courts for some of the more active beachgoers. Kits Beach is also home to Vancouver’s only saltwater swimming pool.
There are three beaches in Stanley Park as well, but you don’t want to spend your time all in one place.
|West end of Vancouver Seawell. Photo by : Andrew Raun, under license CC BY-SA 2.0|
The Vancouver Seawall is part of Stanley Park, but being a popular landmark, it deserves its own feature.
The Seawall is a stretch of 17 miles. It’s perfect for walking, running or biking, and the views will leave you awestruck.
The Grouse Grind is a one of a kind hiking trail in Vancouver. Tens of thousands of hikers take to this trail annually. It’s been coined mother nature’s stairmaster, and that is why it will give you one heck of a workout. The trail climbs 2,800 feet in less than 2 miles. Crazy!
If you make it to the summit, the views will be worth the buckets of sweat it took to get there.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park sits at the peak of Vancouver. It comes in at 499 feet above sea level. It’s in South Vancouver which allows you to see the skyline of Vancouver backed by the mountain ranges nestled in Northern Vancouver.
Queen Elizabeth Park is a great park for a nice, relaxing walk and a delicious picnic after so don't forget to bring food!