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

Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near Vancouver

A woman taking photos of ducks, geese and swans at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Spotting wildlife at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Suzanne Rushton

Vancouver is known as a city connected to nature. So it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that there are lots of places near Vancouver to spot wildlife. You can see eagles, seabirds, raccoons, beavers, coyotes, whales, dolphins, seals, frogs, bears, bunnies and lots more. Grab your camera and maybe some binoculars, and head to one of these ten wildlife hot spots.

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Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near 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 Reasons to Attend the Vancouver Folk Festival (July 13 – 15, 2018)

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2014

Image courtesy of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Tickets are still on sale for the 41st annual Vancouver Folk Festival–the city’s “Best Local Music Festival” as rated by Georgia Straight Newspaper readers (five years in a row!).

The concert takes place over three days from July 13 – 15 and draws over 30,000 enthusiastic attendees to the beautiful Jericho Beach Park. The event is a unique mix of music and culture of more than 40 international, national, and local acts.

Need even more reasons on why you should be checking out the festival? We’ve got five great ones below…

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5 Reasons to Attend the Vancouver Folk Festival (July 13 – 15, 2018)

The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

If you’re looking to soak up some Vitamin D and relax in the sun, the following spots are perfect for sunbathing and enjoying some time under the sun. Grab some sunscreen, tanning lotion – or coconut oil because we do live in Vancouver after all – and get your tan on!

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The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Beaches To Build Sandcastles

White Rock Beach | Photo: Derek Law (Flickr)

Sandcastle on White Rock Beach | Photo: Derek Law (Flickr)

It doesn’t take much to build the perfect sandcastle. All you need is some soft sand, a healthy splash of water, and something to mold the mud, and you’re all set to build a beachside masterpiece. Add a dose of sunshine and your summertime beach day is complete.

Whether you’re a sculptor extraordinaire, or a sand stomper who prefers to squish the structures between your toes, a trip to one of these 5 best beaches to build sandcastles in Vancouver will have you building your own real estate like a pro.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Beaches To Build Sandcastles

Watch a regatta this Saturday in Vancouver!

Photo courtesy National Bank.

Winners of the Crew Spirit award at the 2013 Easter Seals Regatta. Photo courtesy Easter Seals/National Bank.

This Saturday, the biggest charity regatta on the West Coast takes to the waters around Vancouver.

Hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and presented by National Bank, the Easter Seals Charity Regatta is an annual event. It features boats in Flying and No Flying Sails divisions, a Boat Parade through False Creek and awards for Best Pirate Theme and Crew Spirit.  Continue reading:
Watch a regatta this Saturday in Vancouver!