8 Ways to Enjoy the Water around Vancouver

Traditional cedar Tsleil-Waututh Canoe near Vancouver, BC

Photo credit: Takaya Tours

Vancouver is a water-oriented city. With the ocean all around us and lots of lakes, getting out on the water is easy. But choosing how to do it, might be a challenge – there are so many options! Here are our picks for the best ways to enjoy the water around Vancouver.

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8 Ways to Enjoy the Water around Vancouver

Waiting for Winter at Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver

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View from Whytecliff Park Photo: Rob Weiss

When the snow starts to fly in the upper alpine, and a gorgeous dusting of white becomes clearly visible on our beloved Lions, like many other Vancouverites, I naturally turn to the mountains for my outdoor fix.  Anxiously, I monitor snowfall, weather forecasts and await the upcoming ski season with impatience. Over the years I have learned to turn the waiting game into an exploration game. Why not take advantage of shoulder season to revisit many of our local parks?  These little gems are there under our noses and offer a wide variety of walks and easy hikes. One of my favourite weekend destinations is Whytecliff Park, located in West Vancouver. Here land meets sea in an explosion of natural beauty.

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Waiting for Winter at Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver

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