Run One of the World’s “Top-10 Destination Marathons”: BMO Vancouver Marathon, May 3

Photo credit: Christopher Porter | Flickr

Photo credit: Christopher Porter | Flickr

Turns out the Sun Run was just a warm-up.

Fresh off hosting Canada’s biggest 10K, Vancouver is gearing up for one of the world’s most “exotic” marathons. This May 3, thousands of runners converge on the city for the BMO Vancouver Marathon – 42.2 kilometres of Pacific coastal forest, beaches, leafy residential neighbourhoods and mountain vistas.

Last year, the scenic course was named a top-10 “marathon worth travelling for” by Forbes, sandwiched between the Great Wall Marathon in China and Big Sur International Marathon in California. Meanwhile, CNN Travel has listed it as one of the world’s most exotic marathons, up there with the Dead Sea Marathon in Jordan and Australian Outback Marathon.  Continue reading:
Run One of the World’s “Top-10 Destination Marathons”: BMO Vancouver Marathon, May 3

The Annapolis – Vancouver’s Newest Scuba Gem

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Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on fantastic scuba diving opportunities near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores the Annapolis.

The sinking was perfect.

On Sunday April 4, 2015, under a brilliant blue sky, hundreds of local boaters and onlookers were joined by a television viewing audience of millions to watch the planned detonation and sinking of the HMCS Annapolis in Halkett Bay near Vancouver.

In two minutes it was all over – and the ship had slipped gently beneath the ocean’s surface to settle perfectly upright some 30 meters below. It was the culmination of seven years of hard work by the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia and a dedicated army of volunteers.

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The Annapolis – Vancouver’s Newest Scuba Gem

Ready to Run? Canada’s Biggest 10K Takes over Vancouver, April 19

Photo credit: mim42 | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: mim42 | Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve noticed big groups of runners trotting through the streets of Vancouver the last few weeks, there’s a good reason.

The Vancouver Sun Run, Canada’s biggest 10K race, is Sunday, April 19. Each spring, around 50,000 runners – from world-class athletes to moms and dads pushing strollers – line up for the dash through downtown Vancouver. Now in it’s 31st year, the Sun Run has become a seasonal rite of passage for Vancouverites, with groups of friends and coworkers training for weeks (sometimes months) in advance of the big race.

Part of the Sun Run’s popularity may stem from the fact that it’s got to be one of the prettiest 10K courses anywhere. Continue reading:
Ready to Run? Canada’s Biggest 10K Takes over Vancouver, April 19

Grouse Grind Closed? Try the New “Urban Grind” inside the Stairwell of the 553-Foot Harbour Centre

Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

The Grouse Grind may be Vancouver’s most famous (and gruelling) hike. The steep, 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain has a total of 2,830 steps, earning it the nickname Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. Each year, 150,000 people make the ascent.

But during winter – when the trail is often closed due to weather conditions – all those “Grouse Grinders” are generally out of luck, with no place to blast their quads and gluts. Except this year.

This March, the 553-foot-tall Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver is opening up its 40 flights of stairs to fitness buffs. Continue reading:
Grouse Grind Closed? Try the New “Urban Grind” inside the Stairwell of the 553-Foot Harbour Centre

MEC Hosts Free/Cheap Events to Get you Active and Outdoors

MEC Race Series 2015

Image courtesy of MEC Vancouver Store Events | Flickr.com

To many people, Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) is just a great place to stock up on freeze-dried food and top-of-the-line tents. To others, it’s a great place to meet new people, learn new skills, and get a great workout.

Hold up, isn’t it just an outdoor store? Yes, to the unassuming eye. But, over the years MEC has moved beyond being “just a store” by offering a wide variety of courses, events, and meet-ups for their members. Not only is it a good way to workout for free, but it’s a great opportunity for people with similar interests to get together and learn more about surviving in an avalanche (or waxing their skis).

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MEC Hosts Free/Cheap Events to Get you Active and Outdoors