With ocean on three sides and a breathtaking backdrop of glass-walled buildings rimmed by snow-capped mountains and Canadian wilderness, it’s no surprise that Vancouver offers a whole host of activities.
Drizzly days spell glorious long lunches and exploring some of Canada’s most respected galleries, while clear skies see cityfolk roll out their towels on Kitsilano Beach and spill across the Burrard Inlet to north shore hiking trails. Come winter, Cypress and Grouse Mountains open for skiing, while Whistler beckons day-trippers a mere 100 kilometres beyond.
Cypress Mountain is for more advanced skiers and boarders. This resort in Vancouver’s backyard may have nothing on Whistler, but with 53 runs, 600 rideable acres, six chair lifts and 2010 vertical feet, it’s not a bad substitute. In the summer, it’s great for hiking and wildlife viewing.
Stretching 140 meters across (and 70 metres above) the Capilano River ravine, this suspension bridge comes straight out of Middle Earth. The bridge has a wooden platform with metal, chain-link fences on either side ensuring you don’t tumble over, but sparing you no amount of terror as the bridge sways beneath your feet.
Just 115 kilometres from Vancouver, Whistler is Canada’s largest winter resort and popular summer playground. The Rocky Mountaineer runs a 3.5 hour scenic train service from Vancouver to Whistler.
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