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Vancouver's Best Outdoor Activities

Take advantage of this city's natural terrain and get outside. With plenty of recreational options that range from golfing to paddleboarding, there's something for everyone. Here's our guide to help you get started
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Snowshoeing John Sinal / Tourism Vancouver

Take advantage of this city's natural terrain and get outside. With plenty of recreational options that range from golfing to paddleboarding, there's something for everyone. Here's our guide to help you get started

Hiking Try Best Hikes and Walks of Southwestern British Columbia by Dawn Hanna. Two local picks: Golden Ears Provincial Park (Canadatrails.ca/hiking/bc/golden­ears.html) and Grouse Mountain (604-980-9311. Grousemountain.com).

Mountain Biking The folks at Cove Bikes in North Vancouver (877-929-2683. Covebike.com) can set you up with gear, advice, and a trail map for North Shore (read: challenging) riding.

Golfing Stunning views of Howe Sound are Furry Creek’s greatest draw (Furry Creek Golf & Country Club, 150 Country Club Rd., 888-922-9462. Golfbc.com), though it’s out near Squamish. McCleery Golf Course, a local fave, recently redeveloped and is open year-round (7188 MacDonald St., 604-257-8191. Vancouver.ca/parks/golf/mccleery). A full listing of courses is at BCgolfguide.com.

Skiing & Snowboarding As one of the largest ski resorts in North America, Whistler Blackcomb (866-218-9690. Whistler­blackcomb.com) is blessed with more than 8,000 skiable acres, including 12 alpine bowls, three glaciers, over 200 trails, 38 lifts, and the highest drop of any ski hill on the continent. Closer to downtown, try Grouse (604-980-9311. Grousemountain.com), Cypress (604-926-5612. Cypressmountain.com), and Seymour (604-986-2261. Mountseymour.com).

Snowshoeing Cypress, Seymour, and Grouse mountains offer dozens of groomed snowshoe trails, varying in length and difficulty to match novices and pros. When on Cypress, your day can be capped by fondue and wine at Hollyburn Lodge (guide, rental, and fondue, $80). Check out the slim volume A Vancouver Guide to Snowshoeing by Devon Girard for maps and routes.

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