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Paddleboarding at English Bay

Vancouver may be surrounded by water but the coastline isn’t all golden sands. The small grainy beach at English Bay, however, is popular because of its proximity to Stanley Park and Downtown. Escape the land-borne crowds and take to the sea on stand-up paddleboards or kayaks. The water is generally calm, great for beginners.

Bowen Island day trip

Take either a water taxi or a BC ferry just two miles off the west coast to Bowen Island. Lucky travellers may spot orcas, sea lions and eagles during the half hour transit. If you’re up for the challenge, a three-hour hike will take you round Lake Killarney, ending at Artisanal Square for a refuel. Down near the ferry terminal, visit Japanese eatery Shika and Branch 01 which sells independent homewares and gifts.

Grouse Mountain

With glorious views across the city and a gondola ride down through the trees, it’s no surprise that Grouse Mountain is loved by locals and tourists alike. It’s three kilometre trail, Grouse Grind elevates hikers some 2,800 feet. The climb can be treacherous in wet weather, so gear up and carry plenty of water and energy bars for that last push to the summit.

Paddleboarding at English Bay

Bowen Island day trip

Grouse Mountain

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