Whether you’re considering moving to Vancouver, or have made the move. I’m going to share some fun things that I’ve done in the neighbourhood, or nearby.
I will start with this first activity and add more over time. So Vancouver is surrounded by mountains. They get covered with snow in the winter. We also have plenty of rivers in British Columbia. Guess what happens in the spring when it warms up? That snow melts and ends up in the river. This creates a great opportunity for white water rafting.
So let’s start with white water rafting. About 45-60 minutes from downtown Vancouver is a cool little town called Squamish. It’s a beautiful drive from Vancouver up the coast.
I booked a trip through a company called Canadian Outback Rafting. They sometimes have discounts on Travelzoo for their rafting adventures. They have a couple of options that you can choose from. I gravitated towards the Elaho Exhilarator trip for some reason. I like action and adventure so this was the one. They also have other options that might not be as aggressive as this one.
We took a short bus trip from the meeting point to the entry point! It’s a logging road, so hold on to your teeth and other body parts. They obviously go over all safety with you prior to hitting the water. They also provide all the gear required – wetsuit etc to keep you relatively cosy on the adventure.
As you are drifting down the river they give you the option of jumping over the side to cool down. I think I pressed them to let me do this. I was at the front of the boat and it has a bit of lip. Let’s just say my entry into the water didn’t get any style points. I think I hit the water back first.
The first thing that hit me, besides the water was how cold it was. Well, ya, I guess so. The next issue was my helmet wasn’t securely attached. Ya, that’s on me as well. So now I’m upside down, in a fast flowing river, and I’m in darkness.
Once I surfaced I realized I was about 20 feet downstream from the boat. I was supposed to hang on as per the guide. Well, when I did the 360 degree dismount, the rope was ripped out of my hand and bombs away.
Thankfully I had a strong, attentive boat mate who fished me out of the water. They make those women strong in Denmark, luckily for me.
The trip is fantastic. If you get the chance give it a try. Highlights of the trip are below.
Do you like riding a bike? Vancouver has a variety of great bike paths around and through the city. Check out this map for more detailed information: Cycling Vancouver
I live in Kitsilano so I have my favourite routes! They tend to end up near the ocean for some reason. One of my favourites is the ride from Kits to UBC. I make my way to Cornwall Avenue near Kits pool.
You continue heading west along Point Grey Road. It’s a residential neighbourhood so you get to see lots of cool houses. The great thing about this route is most of the way you have a protected bike path. So you don’t have to worry about cars. As you get farther west you end up at the beaches, Locarno, Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach.
I continue riding along NW Marine Drive and finish at UBC. The last section of the ride is a gradual hill, so you get some adrenaline pumping at the halfway point. Return trip from Kits in 20km.
Another great route is to make your way to the sea wall from Kits and head over to Granville Island. From there you can ride along False Creek past Rogers Centre and into Yaletown. 90% of this route is a bike path, so you won’t have to deal with cars. And, you get the ocean view the entire way.
You do encounter the odd pedestrian and it’s a busier route later in the day and on weekends. But, you won’t even realize you are exerting energy because of the views along the way!