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West Vancouver
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West Vancouver BC - Recreation - Activities - Things to Do

west vancouverCharming seaside villages, spectacular parkland, and gorgeous high altitude wilderness draw visitors to West Vancouver. You can hike across sub-alpine meadows and through rainforest, take a seaside promenade or visit one of the best scuba diving spots in Western Canada. You’ll also find three scenic ski areas nearby. Cypress Provincial Park offers all-season activities from hiking and mountain biking to cross-country and downhill skiing. Hiking and skiing are also popular at serene Mount Seymour Provincial Park. From the top of Grouse Mountain enjoy unparalleled views of one of the world's most spectacular cityscapes, then set off on a skiing or hiking adventure. Near West Vancouver is the 137m (450 ft) long Capilano Suspension Bridge, suspended high above the Capilano River located on the North Shore. From the quaint community of Horseshoe Bay, catch a BC Ferry sailing to Bowen Island, the Sunshine Coast or Vancouver Island.


Air & Land Activities: Rising above Vancouver, the sweeping North Shore Mountains draw hikers and cyclists to its seaside bluffs, old growth rainforest and sub-alpine meadows. Take the aerial tram above second-growth forest to the mountain top where you can hike in summer or enjoy the winter thrills of downhill skiing, snowboarding, skating, and snowshoeing. Family-friendly attractions include the lumberjack show, the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, Birds in Motion demonstrations as well as Theatre in the Sky. You can also take a helicopter sightseeing tour and dine at the scenic Peak Chalet. Play the nine hole Gleneagles Golf Course near Horseshoe Bay. Furry Creek Golf & Country Club is a world-class 18 hole course located on Highway 99, 40 minutes north of West Vancouver. For a complete touring adventure, Sewell’s Marina in Horseshe Bay offers an all-in-one boat trip, eco-tour and round of golf package.

ambleside parkNatural Sights, Parks & Wildlife: Don’t miss crossing the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, a footbridge stretching 137 m (450 ft) across and 70 m (230 ft) above the Capilano River. Other attractions here include the award-winning Treetops Adventure, Totem Park, and the First Nations Cultural Centre where you can see live demonstrations of Aboriginal cedar carving, weaving and beadwork. Ambleside Park has a seaside promenade and natural beach offering fine city views. A wilderness escape hidden in an urban setting, Lighthouse Park is located on the mouth of Burrard Inlet. Hike through 500-year-old Douglas-fir and cedar forest and see the historic Point Atkinson Lighthouse. Cypress Provincial Park is an all-season playground featuring both easy and strenuous hiking trails and the Cypress Mountain Bike Park. Skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are all popular winter activities here. A network of easy, rugged forest trails lead to granitic bluffs overlooking the ocean. Whytecliff Park is set on the rugged shore of Howe Sound. Settle in for the day to picnic, swim, take in views from the observation pavilion or enjoy the playground. The small, pebbly beach is popular for sun tanning and the area is one of BC's most popular scuba diving spots. Stroll the beaches and seaside promenade of Ambleside Park.

Water Activities: Located in Horseshoe Bay, Sewell's Marina offers boat rentals and sea safaris. Rent a speed boat to explore Howe Sound's islands, inlets and secluded marine parks. You can also stop in the village of Snug Cove on nearby Bowen Island. Experienced fishing guides are available or you can rent your own fishing gear. Launch your saltwater fishing adventure at Horseshoe Bay where the largest overlap of salmon species occurs in August. Take a guided two-hour sea safari and spot Harbour Seals and Bald Eagles. Watch for Harbour Seals and Bald Eagles on a guided sea safari launching from Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay.

Winter Activities: Three ski areas in the North Shore offer ample snowfalls and spectacular views of Greater Vancouver: Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour. Experience the thrill of alpine and night skiing or try snowshoeing, snow-tubing and cross-country skiing. Cypress Mountain is one of Canada's most popular cross-country ski areas. Enjoy 19 km (11.8 mi) of track set nordic trails and 7 km (4.3 mi) lit for night skiing. Winter in expansive Cypress Provincial Park means downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Located in the North Shore Mountains, the park offers fine hiking and mountain biking in summer. Hike the strenuous Howe Sound Crest Trail that leads to the formidable 1,654 m (5,427 ft) Lions peaks. Or stroll the 2km (1.2 mi) Yew Lake Trail loop. Just a two-hour drive from West Vancouver, you’ll reach North America's largest ski area. Drive Hwy 99 to Whistler/Blackcomb, a ski area consistently ranked among the best on the continent. Take on some 3,306 ha (8,171 ac) of terrain and more than 200 marked runs. You can also try heli-skiing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

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