Walk the Stanley Park Seawall
Or jog, blade, bike, skate, ride -- whatever your favorite mode of transport is, use it, but by all means, get out to enjoy this superlative and super-exhilarating path at the water's edge.
Watch the Fireworks Explode over English Bay
Every August during the July/August Celebration of Light, three countries compete by launching their best fireworks displays over English Bay. As many as 500,000 spectators cram the beaches around English Bay, while those with boats sail out to watch from the water.
Stroll the Beach
It doesn't matter which beach, there's one for every taste. Wreck Beach below the University of British Columbia is for nudists, Spanish Banks Beach is for dog walkers, Jericho Beach is for volleyballers, Kitsilano Beach is for serious suntanning, and English Bay Beach is for serious people-watching.
Picnic at the Lighthouse
One of the prettiest picnic spots is Lighthouse Park on the North Shore. Not only do you get to look back over at Vancouver, but also the walk down to the rocky waterline runs through a pristine, old-growth rainforest.
Hike the North Shore
The forests of the North Shore are at the edge of a great wilderness and only 20 minutes from the city. Step into a world of muted light and soaring cathedral-like spaces beneath the tree canopy.
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