Things To Do

Vancouver offers an unmatched spectrum of activities to surpass your client's expectations. Your customer may want to enjoy the wide-open spaces, the sandy beaches, majestic rainforest and rugged West Coast Mountains. Others come to try their hand at skiing, golfing, kayaking, scuba diving, fishing or hiking. Still others come to enjoy world-class cuisine and some of the finest and most eclectic shopping around.

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Sea Kayaking

Any day of the week on the water of Burrard Inlet you'll find, among the cruise ships and freighters, sea kayaks gliding along the shores. Sea kayaks are the smallest and most maneuverable craft on the water - a sleek, stable one-person (or tandem) boat whose origins can be traced to the baidarkas designed centuries ago by the North Coast Indians of the Alaskan Panhandle.

Vancouver's two most popular paddling destinations are equally unique. The placid waters of False Creek, ringed by bustling Yaletown to the north and Granville Island to the south - offers lots of sights on land and on sea! On the North Shore, kayakers paddle from Deep Cove to explore Indian Arm, a finger-shaped fjord which bends northward for 30 kilometres (18.8 miles) deep into the heart of the Coast Range mountains. On the way, paddlers can stop to marvel at majestic and mysterious old-growth forests and lacy waterfalls while gulls, ravens and bald eagles soar overhead. It's the kind of wilderness trip that ecotourists pay thousands of dollars for, and you can take a bus right to the starting point! Rentals available throughout the city.

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Whale Watching

Located on the Pacific Coast, the Vancouver area is lucky enough to be the watery home for many local Orca whales (also known as Killer whales), as well as being on the migratory route for a variety of other whales, such as the majestic grey and impressive humpback. Whale watching occurs throughout the year, generally running half days (3-5 hours) with the opportunity to view whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals and eagles as boats tour the coast of Vancouver.

Viewing a whale in the wild is a truly awe-inspiring experience - one not to be forgotten, and always with great photo opportunities. Tour boats can range from high speed zodiacs, fully equipped cruisers, to larger-scale cruise ships. Most tours offer such knowledgeable guides that you can expect a highly informative narrative - some even have onboard naturalists!

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River Rafting

Looking for a wild adventure? The Thompson, the Nahatlatch, the Squamish, the Elaho and the Chilliwack Rivers are calling your name. Ride the roaring current in a rubber raft. Get your feet wet and the adrenaline pumping. It'll be the most fun you've had in a long time. West Coast salmon run the rapids, why shouldn't you?

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Fishing Charters

There's no better place for boating and fishing enthusiast than Vancouver with its stunning coastline and endless waterways. Charter a boat from any number of charter boat companies and head out for the open water. The largest concentrations of these charter companies are located at Granville Island, Horseshoe Bay and Coal Harbour. They can also advise you where the fish are biting.

For saltwater fishing information, contact the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (604.666.2828) and for freshwater fishing information, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Parks (604.582.5200) will be more than helpful.

Licenses are required for both types of fishing and can be obtained from tackle shops, Army & Navy department stores, and marinas throughout the Lower Mainland.

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