How To Make The Most Of Your Vancouver Get Away
By Samantha Schonewille @outdorphins
Vancouver is the gateway to all things outdoor recreation. Boasting the most moderate climate in Canada, if you can take the rain you can handle nearly everything Vancouver can throw at you.
To make sure you get the most out of your Vancouver Getaway here is a 5 day itinerary that is sure to knock your socks off!
Day 1 - Visit Downtown Vancouver and the Capilano Suspension Bridge
Well, you've arrived! Your first step is to be introduced to Vancouver culture. So hit up a bar and get acquainted with all the Micro Brews we have to offer. Next hit up a Lululemon and get yourself a head-to-toe outfit. Only once you have done these two things will you be able to commence your travels. Take it easy on your first day and hop on a free shuttle to visit the Capitano Suspension Bridge. This place offers some seriously sick canyon views and rad hiking trails, all while teaching you a bit about the Aboriginal history of Vancouver.
Day 2 - Ski or mountain bike in Whistler
Whistler mountain is open all year round. You can ski for most of the year, but for those 2 or so months, you can't, the slopes are transformed into a mountain biker's paradise. In winter venture to Blackcomb glacier to visit it's renown ice cave, or take a picture with the 2010 Olympic rings. Catch a ride on the Peak to Peak Gondola that will literally suspend you between two insanely huge mountains just so you can shred it up on whichever peak you choose.
Day 3 - Hike Joffre Lakes in Pemberton
If you've ever seen a #explorebc photo, it's probably of Joffre Lakes. This is place is straight out of a mountain lover's dreams and is easily accessible. You can hike to the third lake in under 3 hours! But beware with a population of just 2000 people, you won't find a hotel up there. So be sure to bring a tent, or leave yourself enough time to drive back to Whistler after the hike.
Day 4 - Climb in Squamish... Or at the Hive if it's raining (which it probably will be)
Squamish is the outdoor recreation capital of Canada. Basically, any rock climber who knows their stuff can pinpoint Squamish on a map. With destinations such as The Chief, Smoke Bluffs, and Chek Canyon this is the playground of the 2020 Olympic climber hopefuls! If you're traveling alone there are numerous guide services to show you the ropes, or, if you go on a sunny day you can likely find a climbing partner kicking around the popular crags.
Day 5 - Explore Vancity
Today's your last day so it's time to revisit Vancouver and explore more of what Vancity has to offer. So rent a bike, and pedal your way around the Seawall. Go skinny dipping at Wreck Beach, or just stroll around Stanley Park taking in all the beauty this place has to offer.
Samantha Schonewille / Writer& Marketer