Vancouver isn’t referred to as “California North” for nothing. Like California, Vancouver is a true four seasons destination for anyone who enjoys an outdoor active lifestyle. It is often remarked that Vancouver is the only city in Canada where you can go sailing in one part of the day and then go skiing in the balance of the day.
Here are four great places that will most definitely appeal to those who are fortunate enough to be moving to Vancouver and to people who are visiting this beautiful city:
A truly unique urban oasis, Vancouver’s Stanley Park is 400 hectares of natural Pacific rainforest that has something for everyone including Canada’s largest aquariums. With kilometres of trails, Stanley Park is a mecca for hikers, bicyclists, rollerbladers and basically anyone who loves being active in the outdoors. The old majestic forest trees are a photographer’s dream and a birdwatcher’s paradise. The area contains beaches for swimming and organized walking tours, or you can just explore on your own. Regardless of whatever you choose, you are sure to enjoy Stanley Park.
For those who want their ski resort close by, Gross Mountain is another unique Vancouver location. This is not just a winter outdoor locale; Gross Mountain is a year- round destination with lots to do outdoors including the 2.9 km. Grouse Grind hike. Each year over 100,000 people ascend the 853 vertical metres for a good workout. There are five incredible zip lines to try as well.
Not to be missed as it is only a 2-hour trip up the Sea to Sky highway to one of the finest ski areas in all of Canada. Many veteran skiers compare it favourably to Aspen or Utah. The beautiful Village proper has over 200 stores and more than 90 restaurants and bars. Take a Peak to Peak gondola ride from Whistler to Blackcomb mountain or just wander about in the crisp mountain air.
For those outdoor enthusiasts who prefer water to mountains, Vancouver abounds with opportunities to rent sailboats or fishing gear. The expansive ferry system makes it possible to visit other areas of BC where you can enjoy nature with walks, hikes or bike rides.
For more information about what Vancouver has to offer contact 1-604-530-2011. Moving to Vancouver? Call Premiere Van Lines at 1-877-671-6683.