Bored with the same old beach holidays? Tired of theme parks and resorts? Perhaps it is time to sample the thrills of the great outdoors and what better place to start than Vancouver, where lifelong memories are made and the choice of things to do is endless.
Adventure activities in Vancouver
Flights Of Fancy
To view Vancouver, Mount Baker and Vancouver Island from above, skydiving firms offer tandem skydiving experiencse from 10-12,500 ft. The 200kph free-fall followed by a five to six minute canopy ride to the ground is guaranteed to be one of the most exhilarating experiences you will ever have, with every moment recorded for posterity and presented to you with still shots and a jump certificate.
Just two hours north of Vancouver in the Coast Mountains, is Whistler, Canada's number one mountain resort, featuring two magnificent mountains offering unrivalled skiing and snowboarding opportunities as well as hiking trails, championship golf courses, a superb mountain bike park and countless accommodation options, restaurants, shops and spas.
Providing year-round activities, there are companies with experienced teams dedicated to offering the best of Whistler experiences including summer adventures such as an aerial tree course, biking, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, jet boating, real mountain biking, white water rafting and ziplining with prices starting at just $30 per person. Visit in the winter to try heli skiing, horse drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and winter bungee jumping or ziplining.
Family and eco-friendly tours in this region are also on offer with expert interpretative naturalist guides for canoeing, cycling, fishing, hiking and kayaking tours to experience nature as nature intended. With an opportunity to learn about the area's natural environment and its inhabitants, tours include Bear Awareness, Waterfall Explorer, Rainforest and Ancient Ceder hikes. Valley bike tours offer a more exhilarating experience and to get your heart really racing the River of Golden Dreams tour includes a cycle ride to Alta Lake, a canoe or kayak trip around the lake or down the river then it is back on your bike via local trails before returning to the village. A four/five hour guided tour of moderate difficulty begins at $130 per person.
Messing About On The Water
If taking to the water is your thing, the area around Granville Island, Vancouver and Vancouver Island is the place to be. Water sports companies offer charters and rentals for all manner of water adventures including tours, tubing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing and waterskiing. Prices start at $79 per person for a freeride session, groups of up to twelve people will realise savings on hire rates for a day's chartered scenic tour or a full day of fun water-based activities, the choice is yours.
Also on the water, departing from downtown Vancouver, take the opportunity for an incredible wildlife viewing experience with an Ultimate Day Tour of 10.5 hours, priced at $125 for children up to $275 for adults. This is a chance to escape the city on a 60' covered cruiser to visit Vancouver Island's charming capital Victoria. Via the Georgia Strait, passing by the Gulf Islands, there is the opportunity to discover giant killer whales and humpbacks, also enchanting harbour seals and other marine life before disembarking in Victoria's Inner Harbour. With time to yourself there is plenty to see and do on the island before a sunset return cruise.
With so much to see, do and experience, if Vancouver isn't on your list of must see places to visit, it most surely should be. All you have to do now is look for cheap flights to Canada online!