7 Ways to Get Outdoors in Winter in West Vancouver

Cross-country skiing through the forest at Cypress Mountain.

Cross-country skiing at Cypress Mountain. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Kindred & Scout

From snowy peaks to oceanside strolls, there are lots of ways to get outdoors in winter in West Vancouver. Hit the slopes, go for a hike, explore a park, and lots more.

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7 Ways to Get Outdoors in Winter in West Vancouver

10 Best Places to Go for a Run Around Vancouver

A runner on the seawall in Stanley Park

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Nelson Mouellic

Vancouver is a great city for running, with lots of great views and traffic-light-free routes. In face, Runkeeper named it one of the best cities for running in North America! You can run through quiet neighbourhoods, next to the ocean, around lakes, or through the forest. Here are our picks for the best places to go for a run around Vancouver.

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10 Best Places to Go for a Run Around Vancouver

April Showers, Public Art & the Spirit Trail

Photo: R. Weiss

April showers may bring spring flowers, but for many Vancouverites, this is the time of year when the dull, rainy days can sometimes feel endless. With bated breath, we wake up every morning and collectively watch the weather forecast, desperately wishing for sunshine and warmth. Although sensing our mood, Mother Nature teases us by painting the City with splashes of colour in the form of daffodils, tulips and our beloved, vibrant cherry blossoms. Her artwork is like an invitation to leave our winter hibernation dens and venture forth outside.

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April Showers, Public Art & the Spirit Trail

2 Bridges, 1 Quay, the Spirit Trail & Stanley Park – Port of Vancouver by Bike

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View of the Sails from Crab Park at Portside Photo: R. Weiss

Call me crazy, but I love cycling over Vancouver’s bridges. There is a certain thrill to crossing Burrard Inlet on your bike. Bridges are often a source of angst for Vancouverites frustrated with traffic congestion and slow commutes home. However, on your bicycle you become one with the bridge and traffic issues are the least of your concerns. A long, slow grind to the “mid-span” and you are immediately rewarded with awe inspiring views of the City, the North Shore and a bustling marine highway. One of my favourite rides is a circle route from Canada Place to the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, a jaunt along the North Shore and a return via the Lions Gate Bridge.

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2 Bridges, 1 Quay, the Spirit Trail & Stanley Park – Port of Vancouver by Bike