6 Places to Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Vancouver

Paddleboarding on False Creek in Vancouver

Paddleboarding in False Creek. Image credit: Tourism Vancouver / Tanya Goehring

In the last few years, stand-up paddleboarding (also known as “SUP”) has become really popular. Since you stand up on the board, you get a full-body workout AND you get a much better view of your surroundings than if you were sitting in a kayak or canoe. There are lots of places near Vancouver to try it out, plus some unusual ways to experience this fun new sport.

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6 Places to Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Vancouver

Easy Bike Rides Around Vancouver

A group of cyclists on the seawall in Vancouver's Stanley Park.

Cycling on the Seawall in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Coast Mountain Photography

One of the best ways to see Vancouver is from the seat of a bike. Vancouver is a very bike-friendly city with kilometers of dedicated cycling paths and lanes. As a long-time Vancouver resident and cyclist, here are some of my favourite local bike routes. You can ride beside the ocean, through the forest or explore one of Vancouver’s unique neighbourhoods.

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Easy Bike Rides Around Vancouver

10 Places to Go Kayaking Near Vancouver

Kayaking in False Creek, Vancouver, BC

Kayaking near Granville Island. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Rishad Daroowala

Want to see Vancouver from a brand-new perspective? Get in a kayak to view the city from the water. It gets you closer to nature and gives you a bit of exercise too. Vancouver is a coastal city with lots of nearby lakes, so there are lots of places to go kayaking. Sign up for a tour or a lesson, or rent a kayak (and safety gear), then explore the water on your own.

Here are 10 beautiful places to go kayaking near Vancouver. They all have kayaks on site so can get on the water right away. 

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10 Places to Go Kayaking Near Vancouver

5 Unique Vancouver Activities That Visitors AND Locals Need to Experience

The great thing about having visitors is getting to show them around Vancouver. I recently had some friends in town from Scotland and it was fantastic to show them around my beautiful. While some typically touristy spots like Granville Island and Stanley Park are places that I visit on a regular basis, I’m not usually doing the typically touristy things.

This time I did, and can I tell you, it’s really exciting to be a tourist in my town! Here are three unique Vancouver experiences that made me so proud to show off my city to my friends, plus two more that we didn’t have time to get to (but that you should!)

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5 Unique Vancouver Activities That Visitors AND Locals Need to Experience

Cycling False Creek – Endless Activities and Spectacular Views

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Lunch Break while cycling False Creek Photo: Rob Weiss

Last week I took to the waters to explore False Creek from the cockpit of my kayak.  As I paddled along I couldn’t help but notice the level of activity on the seawall as cyclists of all shapes and sizes pedalled their way along this protected, dedicated bike path.  I thought it would be interesting to return to the area, retrace the route on my bicycle and check out the views from a cyclist’s lens.

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Cycling False Creek – Endless Activities and Spectacular Views

Ultimate Urban Kayak Escape – Spanish Banks to False Creek

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View of Science World Photo: Rob Weiss

Sitting in our kayaks, with bows pointed towards the North Shore Mountains, we were faced with a difficult decision.  To our left, open ocean, the call of Wreck Beach and the natural splendour of Pacific Spirit Regional Park and to the right the urban oasis known as Vancouver.  This is the thrill of launching from the expansive beaches of Spanish Banks.  After much discussion, we decided to head to town.  The glistening towers lining English Bay and Yaletown were like beacons guiding us towards the protected waters of False Creek.

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Ultimate Urban Kayak Escape – Spanish Banks to False Creek

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Vancouver is rich with walking paths that weave along the city’s waterfront, but many seawall strolls are kilometres long, often too far for little feet to trek. Here are 5 seawall walks that are perfect to tackle with toddlers in tow, and each one has a fun destination at the end of the path, to keep the kids in motion while the adults enjoy the views along the way.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City