Whether you exercise for health reasons (mental or physical) or that wonderful rush of endorphins, it’s still important to get those exercise hours in when visiting a different city. If you’re going to be heading to the Vancouver area, you’re in luck! Western Canada’s biggest city has numerous opportunities to get your sweat on, and even better, it’s a beautiful place to work out. Here are 5 of the best places to hike, bike, and run in Vancouver:
1) The Grouse Grind
Operational since May 2017, the Grouse Grind has become a staple for hikers and runners wanting to prove their mettle against a trail that’s as challenging as it is steep. Located in North Vancouver, this trail has a 300 meter elevation and climbs 2.5 kilometers up Grouse Mountain. Rugged terrain, shifting weather, and a beautiful forest atmosphere round out this challenging trail that is not for the faint of heart. Like really, if you have heart problems, give it a miss. Remember to snap your picture at the top with your climb time! And then enjoy the gondola ride down (it’s mandatory as downhill hiking isn’t allowed due to the steep terrain).
2) Jericho Beach (by UBC)
Enjoy the sprawl of the University of British Columbia with this charming run or ride around the extensive campus—which is a self-contained city within a city. The trail takes you along the waterfront of Jericho Beach and then around the outskirts of the campus passing the Museum of Anthropology, the UBC Botanical Garden, and the Greenheart TreeWalk.
3) Stanley Park Seawall Loop
It’s impossible to talk about the perfect running and biking route in Vancouver and not mention the seawall around Stanley Park. This 9.25 km loop is a runner/cyclist’s dream, winding around the outside of Stanley Park along the waterfront. There’s lots of opportunities to modify your route, take a forest trail, run along a beach, or even take a step further and head to English Bay after your workout and enjoy the restaurants and shops of this picturesque beach community.
4) Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Close to UBC, the Pacific Spirit Regional Park sports unpaved bike and running paths that cut through beautiful forested areas. Located on the west side of Vancouver, the trail network spans more than 750 hectares of forest and is accessible year round. There’s no specific recommended route, simply because there’s so many trails to choose from. Be sure to check out a trail map and plan the best route to suit your wants and needs.
5) Yaletown (Kitsilano Beach)
If you’re looking for a more city-centric trail for running or biking, you can visit the upscale locale of Yaletown. This waterfront path leads you along the waterfront from the Yaletown Ferry Dock, through parks, across the Burrard Street bridge and through Kits Beach. You can enjoy breath-taking views along False Creek and pass by Vancouver landmarks including Science World.
Bonus fun for Après Run!
In June, you can also see the world famous Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival. taking place at False Creek and surrounding parks as racers from around the world partake in North America’s flagship dragon boat festival.
If you’re a jazz enthusiast, be sure to check out the 36th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Taking place from June 24th to July 3rd. The 11-day festival features 700 artists and 200 performances at 19 venues, along with more than 60 free shows.
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