On the west coast of British Columbia sits Vancouver, a city whose natural beauty can’t be beat.
The seaport is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Rocky Mountains, a place of mild weather that’s perfect for people who love to be outdoors year-round.
Vancouver is also the most populous city in the province. Despite that, nature still finds a way to be the centerpiece.
It’s thanks in part to careful urban planning, which Vancouver is highly skilled at. Dubbed “Vancouverism,” the city’s method is to achieve density while adding green space. Planners know how valued the views are, and try not to disrupt them with an overly crowded skyline.
The next time you’re looking at Vancouver homes for sale, take time to enjoy the peace and quiet of these natural beauty spots.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Hanging 70 meters in the air, this 140-meter long bridge offers walkers a squirrel-eye view of nature.
It was first built in 1889 with hemp ropes, which have been replaced by cables. Peer into the water rushing below, and the gorge that’s formed by the Capilano River.
Within the same park is a cliff walk made of cantilevered walkways around the granite cliffs that jut out over the river.
You can also take guided tours and attend nature programs throughout the week.
This is the most favored urban green space in the city. You can stroll on the biking and walking trails or take in the water on the seawall.
You can chill out by the beach or take a ride on the Stanley Park train for a no-fuss view of the area. There are also trolley and carriage rides available.
Brockton Point has a can’t-miss totem pole display and lighthouse. The largest aquarium in the country is also here.
Sea to Sky Gondola
This eight-person gondola has passengers soaring over the treetops to see stunning vies of Howe Sound. You’ll see the famous Stawamus Chief climbing area and Shannon Falls, and have the chance to seek even more adventure when you disembark at the top.
There are hiking trails and rock climbing areas, as well as the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge that’s 100 meters long.
This is even a great space in the winter, where you can snowshoe and tube.
Cruise the Indian Arm
There are many tourist companies who will take you on a ride through Vancouver’s waterways and into Indian Arm, an area that was once heavily glaciated. What’s left behind are spectacularly steep slopes of heavy forest or sheer granite.
You’ll spy several waterfalls, as well as wildlife that includes seals, black bears, and bald eagles.
White Rock Beach and Pier
Constructed in 1914, the White Rock Pier stretches half a kilometer over the ocean, where you can enjoy views over Semiahmoo Bay and catch a glimpse of snow capped mountains in the distance.
This seaside village is great for water sports enthusiasts. You can go boating or rent kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards.
The beach is small and perfect for swimming, and there’s much to do in the way of shopping and dining.