Outside is where you'll find the heart and soul of the West Coast. Breathtaking scenery. Untouched wilderness. Wide open spaces. Fresh air and crystal water. Locals and visitors alike can't wait to get outside and enjoy! Here are just a few suggestions for you and your delegates to take part in Vancouver's Outdoor Adventures:
Duration: 5 hours
Location: Greater Vancouver
Tee off on lush courses rimmed by mountains and alpine forests, catch stunning ocean and mountain views from the fairways, and watch for eagles, hawks, deer and coyotes as you play. Greater Vancouver's golf courses make the most of their spectacular surroundings and many have the signatures of such well-known designers as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, and Les Furber. The climate here is perfect for golfing eight months a year and, with more than a dozen courses within an hour of downtown, golfers can always find the right match for their game: beginners and pros will be equally challenged. At the 19th hole, relax in some of the most beautiful clubhouses in the world.
Duration: Half & full day excursions
Location: The North Shore
Vancouver is famous for its spectacular mountains and fantastic hiking trails. With abundant wildlife (you're almost certain to see squirrels, jays and woodpeckers and you may also spot deer, coyotes, black bears and cougars) and stunning mountain views, the nearest trails on the North Shore are only 20 minutes from the downtown core.
Take in the scenic splendor of Hanes Valley, an untouched wilderness area in North Vancouver's backyard. Enjoy the panoramic view from Crown Pass and finish your trek with a gondola ride down Grouse Mountain. You can meander along nature trails among the sub-alpine lakes and meadows of Mount Seymour. Climb to Mystery Peak and be prepared to share your lunch with the friendly Gray Jays on Dog Mountain. Black Mountain and Mount Strachan form scenic Cypress Bowl from where you can take in spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Lions (two peaks that stand guard over Vancouver). A trail along the ridge of Black Mountain leads all the way from Cypress Bowl to Horseshoe Bay.
Duration: 2 to 6 hours
Location: Greater Vancouver Ocean
Kayaks blend easily with the environment, gliding silently along the ocean's surface, allowing entrance into otherwise inaccessible coves, inlets and islands. They're easy to handle too, and the sheltered waters around Vancouver are perfect for beginners. You can paddle around Stanley Park and watch the sun set over Vancouver Island, head up to North Vancouver's Indian Arm and enjoy lush surroundings inhabited only by wildlife or take a twenty minute ferry ride to Bowen Island and use your kayak to gain a unique perspective on island life.
Duration: 4 to 12 hours
Location: Various rivers
The fast flowing rivers of Southwestern British Columbia offer incredible rafting opportunities within easy reach of Vancouver. From scenic wildlife float trips to adrenaline pumping whitewater, every age and ability can enjoy this activity. British Columbia is proud to have the world's highest rafting safety standards as well as highly trained and licensed commercial guides.
The Fraser Canyon, British Columbia's rafting Mecca, is located three hours from downtown and offers four incredible rivers: the Thompson, Nahatlach, Stein, and Fraser. The area is sheltered by the Coastal Mountains and offers hot summers, little precipitation, excellent water levels and some exciting rafting. Closer to Vancouver, the Chilliwack and Elaho-Squamish Rivers have continuous rapids and spectacular rafting through coastal rainforests. Complete day packages including rafting, meals and transportation are available for groups of 10 - 200 people. Multi-day packages are also available.
Duration: 5 hours
The Vancouver area pairs great salmon fishing along with some of the most breathtaking scenery around. Take in the spectacular surroundings and reel in your catch on a comfortable, fully-equipped fishing vessel. Knowledgeable skippers and crew can take you to the coves, inlets and islands where they know the fish are biting. There you can relax and enjoy the view of forested islands and mountain backdrops-an extraordinary setting for a day on the water.
Duration: 4-6 hours
Location: Vancouver & the North Shore
Vancouver lies on the edge of thousands of miles of wilderness, some of which you can experience firsthand on a rainforest walk. Within 30 minutes of downtown Vancouver, you'll be among river canyons and old growth forests of Douglas Fir, Hemlock and Western Red Cedar. You don't have to be an experienced hiker to enjoy the forest; all you need are good walking shoes, an inquiring mind, and a spirit of adventure.