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  • Snowboarding on Cypress Mountain: Site of the Winter Olympics’ snowboarding events, this small but mighty ski hill is only about 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver.
  • Ziplining on Grouse Mountain: Soar across the peaks and canyons at this popular ski hill in the North Shore Mountains, and enjoy the views of the city sprawled below.
  • Hiking the Lynn Loop: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park offers a number of hikes through meandering old-growth forest and alongside rushing Lynn Creek.
  • Doing the Sun Run: This annual 10km (6-mile) run, held in April and organized by the Vancouver Sun newspaper, is Canada’s largest 10K, with nearly 50,000 participants running through downtown.
  • Snowshoeing on Mount Seymour: The North Shore’s third ski hill has a snowshoe center and offers snowshoe tours, lessons, and rentals, making it an ideal place to try this fast-growing sport.
  • Kayaking in Deep Cove: Head up the scenic inlet called Indian Arm and you will find pretty, placid Deep Cove, one of the area’s favorite places to paddle a kayak or canoe.
  • Biking the UBC Endowment Lands: The University of British Columbia is surrounded by forests that are crisscrossed with quiet trails, perfect for an afternoon of mountain biking.
  • Racing in the Gastown Grand Prix: Canada’s oldest 1-day cycling classic has been rolling through this historic urban neighborhood every year since 1973.
  • Riding the Peak 2 Peak Gondola at Whistler Blackcomb Resort: Considered by many the best ski resort in the world, Whistler Blackcomb offers unforgettable experiences year-round. It does, after all, have more than 200 ski runs and a world-class mountain-biking network. But perhaps the most memorable experience is taking the record-shattering Peak 2 Peak Gondola between the two mountains.
  • Whale-watching off Steveston Harbour: The pretty little fishing village of Steveston is a great day trip from Vancouver, and getting out on the water to frolic with the porpoises and orcas is an unforgettable way to spend an afternoon.
  • Discovering Pacific Rim National Park: Vancouver Island’s west coast is a world of old-growth temperate rainforests and surf-pounded beaches. It’s also a place where you can experience both the primal glories of nature and the luxury of a first-class resort.
  • Meandering through Vancouver Island’s wineries: Just 45 minutes north of Victoria, the Cowichan Valley is home to vineyards, cideries, cottage farms, and art studios. Touring it is as easy as following the burgundy-and-white Wine Route signs.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.