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North Vancouver BC - Recreation - Activities - Things to Do
Air and Land Activities

Experience North Vancouver from a new point of view with a breathtaking Seaplane Adventure! Enjoy a 20-minute Vancouver Panorama flight featuring spectacular aerial views of the city and surrounding mountains or a Fly 'N Dine tour with Seaplane flight to Bowen Island, 3-course Dinner at Doc Morgan's Inn with Ferry ride and Limousine back to downtown Vancouver. Discover a true west coast tradition! with Harbour Air. grouse mountain skyride

High above towering Douglas fir, breathtaking views of the city of Vancouver, sparkling Pacific Ocean, Gulf Islands, and snowy peaks unfold as you journey up the mountainside. North America's largest aerial tramway is your gateway to the majestic nature of the Peak of Vancouver, and an experience in itself.

Just 15 minutes from downtown, Grouse Mountain has the ticket to summer adventure. Upon arriving, the Super Skyride whisks you 3,700 feet above the city to a mountaintop of hiking trails, a grizzly bear habitat, live shows and four restaurants. Dining at the Peak of Vancouver Grouse Mountain's restaurants showcase some of the best of British Columbia. Situated 3,700 feet above the city of Vancouver, venues range from fine dining at The Observatory to flavorful apres in Altitudes Bistro to outdoor BBQs at Rusty Rail patio.

Natural Sights, Parks and Wildlife Activities

lower seymourLower Seymour Conservation Reserve Encompassing 5200 hectares of a temperate rainforest. Here it is possible to learn about the living forest on a 90 minute self-guided tour. Enjoy the waters, wildlife and vegetation in an area close to an urban setting.

The Park and Tilford Gardens consists of eight European styled theme gardens set on eight hectares. Landscaped with various floral displays, water fountains and bridges, North Vancouver's only public display garden is also the site of 35 shops and restaurants. The garden themes include; The Oriental Garden, The White Garden, The Rock Pool, The Native Garden, The Herb Garden, The Display Garden, and The Colonade Garden.

Cypress Provincial Park, visitors to Cypress Provincial Park can mountain bike, hike, back-country camp, cross-country ski, snowshoe and backpack. Cypress Mountain also offers downhill skiing and snowboarding. On clear days, the park provides excellent views of the Vancouver skyline. The park is located just northeast of Vancouver.

Mount Seymour Provincial Park, home to the Mount Seymour Ski Resort, this provincial park offers views of North vancouver and a multitude of recreational opportunities. During the summer, bikers and hikers fill the park's trails. In the winter months, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing become the activities of choice.

indian arm provincial parkIndian Arm Provincial Park is a conservation park that was implemented to protect the shores of Indian Arm fjord. The park was formerly covered in glacier, which receded and left behind rugged mountains, alpine lakes and numerous waterfalls. Recreational fishing, motor boating, kayaking and scuba diving are a few of the recreational opportunities available to visitors. The 50 m (164 ft) high Granite Falls are an impressive sight and are a popular attraction within the park.

Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre and Lynn Canyon Park. the ecology centre informs its visitors about the vegetation and animals of the temperate rainforest through interactive displays and programs. Its purpose is to educate concerning the relationship between the environment and the community. The Exploratorium is of special appeal to children and there is even a puppet theatre for very young visitors. There is also a film library with a choice of over 50 nature titles which can be viewed on the big screen. Groups are welcome on advance notice.

Lynn Canyon Park provides environmental education and offers visitors a unique look at a temperate rainforest, as well as many other ecological attractions. This is a good place for the whole family, as the Exploratorium offers children the chance to explore nature, and a puppet theatre is there as well. There is a suspension bridge that hangs 20 stories above Lynn Creek and offers good views, a lush 616 acre second growth rainforest for exploring, a 30 foot pool, and the Twin Falls. Bear and Whale watching adventures are all available with many companies specializing in bring you close to nature, and giving you an adventure of a lifetime.

Water and Outdoor Activities

whale watchingWater activities are too plentiful to mention individually, needless to say most water based events are well covered and catered too in North Vancouver. Fishing, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching to mention but a few.

Fishing trips are available all year round see a full list of outdoor adventure tour providers here and for fishing click here Eco adventures are proving to be increasingly popular, there are many ways that you can combine your regular outdoor activities with an ecologically friendly approach to that activity.

The Ecospirit Adventure Club is a community of outdoor enthusiasts who get together throughout the year for a wide variety of activities. You can also see the latest diary page and start to get involved.

Winter Activities

North Vancouver offers quick access to three ski hills: Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour. These mountains enjoy generous snowfalls and spectacular views of Greater Vancouver, the Pacific Ocean and Vancouver Island. whistlerSki or snowboard by day and enjoy diverse dining and entertainment options by night.

There is also snowshoeing, snow tubing and cross-country skiing. a little further away, but well worth the car trip (air and bus services are also available), is the resort community of Whistler. With 3,306 ha (8,171 ac) of terrain and more than 200 marked runs, Whistler/Blackcomb is North America's largest ski area. It's also consistently ranked one of the best. Its wide range of winter activities include heli-skiing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. It is also the venue for the 2010 winter olympic games.


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