Adventure Activities in Vancouver - Try if You Dare

Adventure Activity Vancouver

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Vancouver is a true West Coast city, with all the adventures, sport and Pacific influences that make it a great place to try something new. Sure you can paraglide, rock climb, scuba dive and dine on blowfish in the same day, but let's see what else is on tap. For an adventure activity in Vancouver, here are our suggestions for the most daring among you:

1. Red Red Wine

Not all Vancouver dare ideas require great physical strength or a measure of craziness. For this one, all you need is the ability to walk and talk. Simply head to the Lumière restaurant on West Broadway and utter these simple words, "I'd like a Bin 60A, Penfolds bottle of wine, please. And make it a 1962." And then have a seat and enjoy! Sound easy? It most definitely is, as long as your heart can take it – because once the bill arrives, you better hope your last stress test went well. That wine you just sipped costs CDN $4,500. And you haven't ordered dinner yet. A seven-course meal will run you close to CDN $160, but hey, that's nothing compared to the wine.

2551 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
Wed-Sun 5:30PM-10PM, Thu-Sat 5:30PM-11PM

2. Kiteboarding

Know how to fly a kite? Know how to swim? Excellent. At least one of those skills will help you kiteboard, and it's not the part about the kite. With names like Bandit and Slingshot – and that's just the equipment – you know this Vancouver adventurous sport is not for grandma. In short, you hang onto a parachute (the kite) for dear life and wait for it to pull you across the ocean – or the snow – while you stand, flip and twist on a surfboard. There are many spots around Vancouver to try the sport, although kitesurfing is not allowed at Jericho Beach. Stop by Airtime Boardsports for some info and help with equipment. You can also tie a four-wheeled buggy to the kite and give that a go.

Airtime Boardsports
3671 W 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC Canada V6R1P2
Seasonal hours

3. Orcas and Kayaks

Since Vancouver is right on the sea, many of the sports in this region involve water in one way or another. Fancy an adventure activity in Vancouver that includes chasing a killer whale with your kayak? You can, if you're crazy enough, but the more-sane adventurer will be satisfied with paddling nearby. There are many tours that take visitors by kayak to see the orcas – and you can get pretty close to them if you're brave enough. You can spend a few days camping and kayaking, or head out for only the day. Either way, your encounter with the whales and possibly sea lions, seals and dolphins, will be memorable. There is no need to be in top physical condition or have experience kayaking, but we suggest you practice your back-paddling for when the killer whales appear before you.

4. Wilderness Survival

If you are tired of typical tourist adventure activities in Vancouver like ferry rides and visits to the aquarium, try adding some brain and brawn to your trip. Register for a two-and-a-half day course in wilderness survival at Canada West Mountain School, which includes an evening of classroom training and two days in the field. And by field, we mean forest, where you will learn how to build a shelter, make fire and deal with emergencies. This is a great way to meet new people and increase your chances of appearing on reality shows like Survivor. No tribal council for you! Equipment can be rented at various locations, including the Mountain Equipment Co-Op.

Canada West Mountain School
47 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1P1 Canada
604-878-7007, 800-892-2266

Mountain Equipment Co-Op
130 West Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1P3 Canada
888-847-0770, 604-876-6221
Mon-Wed 10AM-7PM, Thu-Fri 10AM-9PM, Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-5PM

5. Grouse Grind

Although it sounds like some kind of meat dish, the Grouse Grind is actually an extremely popular trail up Grouse Mountain. Located minutes away from downtown Vancouver, the challenge here is not only the very steep trail, but also how fast you can complete it. The bane of many Vancouverites' existence, running up this trail with blazing speed is a sport unto itself.

The Grind is 1.8 miles long (2.9 kilometers) and can take two hours to complete if you're not in great shape. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an adventurer, time your climb/run against everyone else. The fastest time recorded is 25:01 for men and 31:04 for women. With a 56-percent slope, we suggest you bring lots of sports drinks with you. And maybe a defibrillator. North Vancouver is easily accessible by car or by public transit. Grouse Mountain is open every day year-round, without exception.
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