The sun is shining, birds are chirping and the flowers are blooming. This can only mean one thing: Spring has officially arrived in Vancouver!
With the weather starting to get nicer, there are many outdoor activities that you can do to enjoy the beautiful weather.
Visit Stanley Park
There are many fun, outdoor activities in Stanley Park: walk, bike or Rollerblade along the 8.8km seawall, take a horse carriage ride through the park, or simply hike through the forest and enjoy nature. Stanley Park is a 1,001 acre urban park bordering downtown Vancouver. There are approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) of trails and roads in the park, guaranteed to keep you busy!
Hit the slopes
The North Shore ski hills, (Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain) usually stay open until mid to late April for skiing and snowboarding. It isn’t unusual to see skiers and boarders wearing t-shirts enjoying the sun in the Spring!
Go on a hike
My two personal favourite hikes are the Chief and Quarry Rock. The Chief is located an hour and a half out of downtown in Squamish. It is an intermediate hike designed with wooden steps, dirt paths and ladders for the steeper portions of the trail. This hike takes an average of 3 hours, but it can be difficult in many portions, so I suggest not bringing the little ones along for this hike. Quarry Rock, located in Deep Cove, is a more family friendly hike. It has been rated as a beginner’s level hike. Quarry Rock is also more easily accessible by public transit; it is located just 30 minutes outside of downtown Vancouver. At the end of both hikes, you will be rewarded by the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and ocean.
With downtown Vancouver being the second most densely populated areas in North America, why not grab a coffee, find a place to sit and watch as all the different people walk by. My favourite place to people watch is at English Bay.
Watch the flowers bloom
Stanley Park’s rose garden is in peak bloom in late March to early April. Also, tours of VanDusen Botanical gardens start in April. During wedding season, many newlyweds choose these destinations to take photos because of the stunning backdrops.
Enjoy food and drinks on a patio
Everything tastes better when you’re sitting outside, enjoying the warm sun! Many restaurants in Vancouver have great patios with beautiful views. Some of my favourites are Bridges on Granville Island, the Boathouse and the brand new Cactus Club both in English Bay.
Shop ‘til you drop!
Outdoor shopping is much more enjoyable when you don’t have to carry around a soaking wet umbrella! With the weather getting nicer, why not go shopping on Granville Street, Main Street or throughout Gastown. Robson Street is my favourite place to go shopping when the weather is nice; there are many boutique stores located there which makes it similar to Oxford Street in London or Rodeo Drive in L.A. If you’re lucky, you might spot a celebrity or two shopping there as well!
Hit the links
If shopping isn’t your favourite thing, maybe you would rather go golfing at one of Vancouver’s many golf courses. Fraserview golf course in Vancouver has been rated as one of the best public golf courses in Canada! There is also Nicklaus North Golf Course, a signature designed course by great Jack Nicklaus! One of our coordinator’s previously worked on a Jack Nicklaus course in Mount Juliet in Ireland which was first Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in Ireland!
But of course, the Vancouver Lookout is your best first stop! The lovely observation deck associates can help you map out all the activities you’re interested in doing while you’re spending time in Vancouver. The views aren’t bad either!
Where else can you enjoy a 360º aerial view of Vancouver, “the most beautiful city in the world”? Your adventure starts with a 40 second glass elevator ride, whisking you 553.16 ft (168.60 m) skyward to our panoramic observation deck. Enjoy intimate views of cosmopolitan Vancouver, historic Gastown and bustling Coal Harbour. Look beyond for enchanting views of our stunning natural landscape including world famous Stanley Park, the Pacific Ocean, the majestic North Shore Mountains and the Olympic Peninsula Mountains.