Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
The popularity of hiking in North Vancouver helps makes this one of Canada's fittest communities, and it's no wonder the life expectancy here is an impressive 83 years.
There are few better ways to exercise the heart and lungs than hiking the dynamic, mountainous terrain of Vancouver's North Shore, from shadowy forests to bubbling streams. The hiking trails are incredibly accessible: even for those coming from downtown Vancouver, it's only a 20-minute drive.
The Grouse Grind
The Grouse Grind is arguably the North Shore's most famous and challenging hike, winding a steep 2.9km/1.8mi up the side of Grouse Mountain. Open from late spring to early autumn, the Grind attracts more than 100,000 hikers every year. It's been dubbed "Nature's Stairmaster," and first-timers are advised to budget an hour and a half to complete the thigh-burning ascent. (As of 2009, the official course records were 25.24 minutes for men and 31.04 for women.)
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For the Wildlife Enthusiast to the Adrenaline Junkie...
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Spend the day high above Vancouver's skyline & experience a different point of view. Only 15-30 minutes from downtown. All you need is a camera. No experience necessary. Tours include hiking poles, snowshoes, snack, beverage & a souvenir photo.
Or choose one of our Best of Vancouver Shore Excursion city tours. These tours are great for people who are visiting Vancouver for the first time & don't have a lot of time. As your private tour guide, we can adjust the schedule & activities to meet your needs.
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West Vancouver, British Columbia
Cypress Mountain is 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver & is proud to continue to provide our skiers, riders & sliders with the most vertical drop, most terrain, most lifts & best snow conditions on the highest skiing & riding peak of Vancouver's legendary North Shore Mountains. With the best winter skiing & riding in Vancouver, Canada's most popular cross country skiing area, a huge snowtubing park & our unique snowshoeing tours, Cypress truly offers something for everyone.
There is lots to do in the summer at Cypress too! Whether you are looking to enjoy the sunny weather with a rugged hike or a quiet afternoon exploring the trails, Cypress Mountain has a variety of summer activities to offer. See our website for information on geocaching, disc golf, wildlife viewing & more.
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