Discover some of the parks and beaches of this modern metropolis, and the best ways to experience them.
There’s nowhere better to explore Vancouver by bike than Stanley Park, just minutes from downtown. Begin at Canada Place, where seaplanes take off every 10 minutes, and ride through Coal Harbour to reach Stanley Park. Striking panoramas will follow you as you cycle past a succession of beaches and into the rainforestalong the 8.8-km Seawall, on a safe and scenic bike path.
Head to Hadden Park and challenge yourself to the ultimate core workout while soaking up awe-inspiring views. The calm waters are ideal for paddle boarding, or stand-up paddleboard yoga for the pros.
Soak up the sun and the West Coast vibe that characterizes Vancouver at English Bay. With palm trees and exotic flowers lining its boardwalk, this beach offers a picturesque and peaceful atmosphere for chilling out.
The residential area and former hippie haven of Kitsilano radiates peace and love, and is home to Kits Beach, named one of the world's top 10 city beaches. Park your ride and take in the views from one of the massive log benches that dot this picturesque stretch of sand, or go for a dip in the water. If the ocean is too chilly, Kitsilano Pool offers a heated saltwater alternative overlooking it.
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