When you’re vacationing in Vancouver, sticking to a new year’s resolution can be surprisingly easy. From getting more exercise to learning something new, a lot of common resolutions are already built in to the city’s array of activities. After all, “traveling more” is a common resolution, and you’re already making good on that one.
1. Get Fit
Lots of people resolve to get in shape at the start of the year, but the trick to staying motivated is to do activities you actually enjoy. From skiing the nearby slopes to taking a walking tour of Vancouver, there’s no shortage of ways to burn calories while visiting some of the city’s best sights. Rent a bicycle and pedal along the famous Stanley Park seawall, or follow one of these great city bike trails. Grouse Mountain is another ideal spot to enjoy outdoor activities no matter what the season, as you can do everything from skiing and snowshoeing to hiking and mountain biking. For more ideas, read our article on getting a full-body workout in Vancouver.
2. Eat Healthy
Eating healthy can be difficult on vacation, but with Vancouver’s diverse culinary scene, there are plenty of nutritious (and delicious) places to eat. Sushi can be a low-calorie, nutrient-rich option for seafood lovers, so make a reservation at one of Vancouver’s many Japanese restaurants. If raw fish isn’t your style, try The Naam Restaurant, a vegetarian eatery in the culture-rich Kitsilano neighbourhood that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
3. Learn Something New
Expand your horizons and learn something new on your next trip to Vancouver. You can pick up basic cooking skills and brush up on regional cuisine at cooking schools like Quince and The Dirty Apron Cooking School. If getting outdoors sounds more appealing, use some ideas from our article on Vancouver’s best sports lessons, which covers everything from professional golf instruction to ski school in Whistler.
4. Spend More Time With Family
Looking for things to do with the whole family? We’ve got you covered. Vancouver has a number of kid-friendly attractions that will keep the adults entertained, too. Start out with a day at one of the city’s hands-on museums, like Science World or the Vancouver Aquarium. If you’re looking to get outdoors, take the family to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, where you can explore a towering rope bridge in the midst of the British Columbia rainforest, see colourful totem poles and play in the Treetops Adventure.
5. Be Less Stressed
Start the year feeling less stressed and more relaxed. Yoga is an easy way to tap into some mental stillness, so take a trip to lululemon, where you can stock up on high-end athletic apparel and enjoy a complimentary yoga class. Looking for a quiet place to find your zen? Visit a nearby Buddhist temple or the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a tranquil Japanese garden at the UBC Botanical Garden. Of course, if laughter really is the best medicine, maybe you should try giggling off your stress at one of Vancouver’s comedy clubs. No matter what you decide to do, it’s sure to brighten your day.