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17,18,19 Feb looking for outdoor activities
Posted February 6th, 2012 - 3:18 am from Edmonton, Canada
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Posted February 6th, 2012 - 5:40 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hey John,

There is a good hiking trail up to grouse mountain. The view is awesome from there. Although it will be full of snow, not sure you are up to that :-)
If I go with you you'll save 50% on the ride to the station at the top, will be around $20. Not sure what I will be doing then, but feel free to contact me closer to the date if interested.

Have a good one,
Fabien

Posted February 6th, 2012 - 6:58 pm from Edmonton, Canada
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Posted February 6th, 2012 - 7:30 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Np. Just that you know. It's $40 to go up if you are not with someone who has a yearly pass. Then $20 to rent snowshoes.

The good thing is that you can take a bus from Downtown Vancouver :-)

Posted February 6th, 2012 - 7:46 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
there's also free snowshoeing trails up at seymour mountain and cypress. I go often, about 2-3 times a week. If you need a ride up or a hiking friend I'd love the company :). If you want to do kayaking you can rent kayaks from ecomarine at granville island. I always rent from them and have done a capsize recovery course as well. Tuesdays are 2 for 1... here's the website http://www.ecomarine.com/rentals/rental_kayak.html

Posted February 6th, 2012 - 9:07 pm from North Vancouver, Canada
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Posted February 9th, 2012 - 2:52 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hy Jon!

Hiking is good in Lynn Valley for example. you can get there with transit easily. Check translink.ca or as well maps.google.com (there is a bussign when you look for routes, which shows you transit options in Vancouver).

Snow free hiking is also good on Bowen Island. you can take a bus and then a ferry from Horseshoe bay to Bowen Island. The ferry will take something between 20 and 45 minutes, so it is fairly quick. There is also a water taxi leaving from Granville Island ( you have to visit anyways for the market and the art) I believe for roundtrip of 30$.
On the Island you can go up Mt Gardener. Views are best from one of the two peaks. But really best from Cypress MOuntain (North Shore), because you can overlook the Howe Sound. But there is snow.
There is a shuttle from Vancouver to Cypress for 23$. Google for more info.

All the rentals are cheaper with MEC. So if you have a car, that is great for snowshoes, as mentioned in previous posts, but also for kajaks.
Friday night I think it is, Ecomarine on Granville Island has special deals on kajak rentals, so you can take them out on False Creek to English Bay.

Good trails for running are also in the Pacific Spirit Park close to UBC. Easy to get lost. A good museum closeby: Museum for Anthropology. Special offers Tuesday (?) after 5pm.

Enjoy Vancouver:-) Send me a PM if you have any further questions, please.
Cheers

Posted February 9th, 2012 - 2:54 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Climbing is good in Squamish. Almost forgot. But it might be a bit cool and wet on the hands. There is a DT climbing gym, called Cliffhanger. CHeck meetup as well, to see if they have a group going there for Friday night if you want to meet a bunch of people. They usually do.

Posted February 15th, 2012 - 2:59 pm from Edmonton, Canada
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Posted February 15th, 2012 - 7:48 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Oh you should definitely go to museum of Anthropology (my favourite museum), gorgeous building and totem poles are awesome (strongly recommend free tour they offer, it's good). After/before museum you should def head to Wreck Beach (I think it's the nicest beach in Van by far) which is right next door and I especially like going in the winter cause there's so few people (can even sneak in a fire), pretty at sunset.It's a clothing optional beach so if you wanna go for a naked swim you're more than welcome too.