If you live on the North Shore, you already know. You live in paradise! With access to endless mountain ranges, beaches, promenades, cafes, and restaurants, you really can’t ever complain that there is nothing to do.
Even many outdoor retailers were smart, and straight from the get-go, set up their shops in the surrounding neighbourhoods, because they knew they would find their target market there.
When it comes to being active in the area, the options are limitless, particularly in the summer. But if you’re new to town and aren’t familiar, then we’ve got just the list for you, in order to help you stay healthy and active in your new home.
Here are 6 Ways to Stay Healthy and Active on the North Shore this Summer:
1. Hike the Local Mountains
In the summer, you can throw on a pair of hiking boots and hit up several trails, from easy (Lynn Loop) to moderate (Eagle Bluffs) to advanced (Hanes Valley Trail). There are many, many more trails to explore, climb, and Instagram your heart out in the North Shore area.
In the winter, you can also strap on a pair of snowshoes (or rent them) and hike the trails around Grouse Mountain, Cypress and Hollyburn Mountain, and Mount Seymour.
2. Rent a Kayak or Paddle Board in Deep Cove
When the sun is shining, this place is hopping, so making sure to pre-book so you won’t be disappointed when you show up. This is the ultimate Vancouver thing to do on a nice day, so don’t let your summer go by without doing it!
3. Cycle Anywhere from the Seawall to the "Triple Crown"
There are different rides available from beginner to expert covering North Vancouver and West Vancouver. You can cruise the seawall, follow the rolling hills out to Deep Cove or Horseshoe Bay, or if you’re an expert, you can do as the locals do, and tackle the “Triple Crown,” which involves ascending the three local ski mountains all in one day–Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain, and Cypress Mountain.
4. Walk, Run, or Crawl the Seawall
With the seawall winding around West Vancouver from Ambleside to Dundarave, you can get your exercise by running, or taking your time to enjoy the views of Stanley Park, English Bay, and the Lion’s Gate Bridge. A perfect after dinner activity is walking the seawall to watch the sun go down.
5. Buy Your Groceries at Whole Foods
The best selection of healthy, organic and natural foods–like fresh meat and seafood, produce, and the best snacks (have you seen the olive bar?)–can be found at Whole Foods. There is an in-house coffee bar, smoothie bar, and in-house seafood smoker, too, creating a friendly place where locals like to gather.
6. Work out at Steve Nash Sports Club Park Royal
With our second gym location now open on the North Shore at Park Royal, we’ve made it uber convenient to find your way to one one of our clubs for a workout.
The Park Royal Sports Club is a massive 30,000 square foot gym space, with all top-of-the-line equipment designed for functional training–including the Ultimate Training Centre–and also includes an indoor cycling room.
As one of our platinum clubs, Park Royal offers premium service, such as access to a steam and sauna room, towel service, and child-minding is available while you work out!
We hope you found these tips for staying active informative, and we hope we've encouraged you to try to get some (or all) of them done this summer!