Known as “MEC Alley,” the area around Mountain Equipment Co-op (close to downtown on West Broadway) features numerous stores for outdoor gear and advice. Some even offer rentals. Pick up the book 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia for maps and details about the area’s many scenic trails.
The historic fishing village of Steveston, south of Vancouver at the mouth of the Fraser River, is a great place for a run or a ride. For one of the area’s best photo ops, visit the suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon Park, which swings 50m/164ft above Lynn Creek’s thickly forested mountain gorge.
For a different side of the city, check out the indie culture of Main Street and Commercial Drive. Find eclectic shops, galleries and cafés. The Cuban-inspired restaurant Havana (on Commercial) has a great patio for sipping mojitos in the afternoon.