10 Ways to Connect with Vancouver’s Nature Close to Home

The Lions from Cleveland Dam

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Kazutoshi Yoshimura

Studies have shown that spending time in nature has tons of health benefits including reducing stress and the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure. In Vancouver, you don’t need to leave the city to increase your nature exposure. Here are 10 ways to connect with Vancouver’s nature close to home, perfect for boosting your mood during the pandemic.

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10 Ways to Connect with Vancouver’s Nature Close to Home

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

Tour de Butt 2017: Naked Bike Ride Returns to Vancouver July 22

vancouver naked bike ride 2017

Image courtesy of World Naked Bike Ride – Vancouver | Facebook.com

There’s nothing quite as nice as enjoying the breeze on your cheeks as you ride through the streets of Vancouver… Which set of cheeks is up to you! This weekend, you may be seeing a whole lot of butt-cheeks if you’re in the Downtown core on Saturday, July 22. The World Naked Bike Ride is rolling through Vancouver this weekend with a crowd that’s stripped down to their skivvies in support of human-powered transportation, safe streets, and body positivity.

If you’ve got guts, the ride is open for anyone to join, with a dress code of as bare as you dare. Even if you’re more comfortable in just wearing a bathing suit, you’re free to join the festivities.

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Tour de Butt 2017: Naked Bike Ride Returns to Vancouver July 22