Things To Do Outdoors In Vancouver, Canada

Step away from the typical tourist attractions to visit these six outdoor gems.

By Journy Team

3 August 2018

The City of Vancouver is surrounded by the best of beautiful Canadian nature. Their goal is to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. While visiting this beautiful city, step away from the typical tourist attractions like Granville Island and the Vancouver Lookout. Instead, visit these six outdoor gems and take in the views for a little much-needed digital detox.

Explore Natural Beauty On Grouse Mountain

Paul Williams

Only a 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is the ideal way to spend a day experiencing British Columbia's natural beauty. In the winter, the mountain offers 26 ski trails. In the summer, adventurous outdoors-people tackle the Grouse Grind forest trails, a 2.9 km hike to the top of the mountain. If you'd rather not break a sweat, the Alpine Experience ticket includes a roundtrip to the top in the gondola SkyRide, as well as other attractions, including a goofy (but nonetheless entertaining) Lumberjack Show.

Admire The Views From The Seawall

Andrew Raun

At 22km, the Vancouver Seawall is the longest uninterrupted waterfront pathway in the world. This urban trail boasts spectacular views of both the city skyline and the surrounding forest of Stanley Park. For early birds, nothing beats the sight of the first light on the water, which is why the Seawall is a photographer's haven. Rent a bike, pack a picnic, and visit the lighthouse or one of the many beaches along the Seawall.

Birdwatch At Maplewood Conservation Area

Lubos Houska

Located about two kilometers east of the Second Narrows Bridge in North Vancouver, the Maplewood Conservation Area is a 300-acre wildlife sanctuary where visitors have sighted over 230 species of birds. You can explore over three kilometers of well-kept trails. On the first Saturday of each month at 8 am experienced birders lead-free bird surveys at 25 locations around the sanctuary. On the second Saturday of each month at 10 am, legendary naturalist Al Grass leads a 1.5-hour guided walk.

For more information, visit https://vancouversnorthshore.com/things-to-do/parks/maplewood-conservation-area/

Relax In Urban Nature At False Creek

Dan Haddock

False Creek is a gorgeous recreation area on an inlet in the heart of Vancouver. Besides the peaceful harbor and a dock that's perfect for boating, you'll find plenty of walking paths, along with great views of the water, the marina, the mountains, and the skyline. Nature never looked so good in the city.

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Spend A Day In Stanley Park


Larger than Central Park, Stanley Park is a 1,000-acre green space at the top of the downtown peninsula – and a must for every visitor to Vancouver. A quick drive on the Stanley Park Causeway and you will arrive at the entrance to this massive green space. Entry is free, and if you drive around the park, you're sure to notice the 5.5-mile path running along the Seawall as well as the many guided tours, cyclists, and runners along taking in the views of the waterfront path.

Aside from the infamous Stanley Park Seawall, the park boasts many activities for individuals of all ages. From biking paths, beaches, and walking trails to golf courses, miniature trains, and museums, this park is one of the best spots for anyone visiting Vancouver city.

While venturing through the park, be sure to check out some of these hot spots:

  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Brockton Point Totem Poles
  • Stanley Park Putt Golf Course
  • Lost Lagoon
  • Second Beach
  • Third Beach
  • Stanley Park Rose Garden

Before leaving the park, be sure to head out to Prospect Point, at the northern tip of the park, where you'll have a fantastic view over Lions Gate Bridge, the North Shore Mountains, and beyond. The views of the water, the mountains, and the city from different points all over the park are outstanding.

Watch The Sun Go Down At Sunset Beach

Mike | Flickr

Smaller and more secluded than other nearby beaches (such as English Bay), Sunset Beach is a perfect place to watch the sunset. Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine and relax in a little slice of nature right in the midst of an urban metropolis.

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