Play yourself healthy

Reserach has shown that spending more time outside can make us happier, healthier and smarter.

How do you want to play today?

Vancouver, BC and surrounding areas offer endless outdoor adventure possibilities for enthusiasts of all skill levels. How do you want to play today?

Ideas to get you started

Picture of a pothole lake on the Sea to Sky Trail (Brandywine Falls to Whistler Bungee Bridge)

Sea to Sky Trail – Brandywine Falls to Whistler Bungee Bridge

This easy, scenic, 5.4 km return trail is open to bikers and hikers. Expect a packed gravel surface and mostly gentle grades with the occasional steeper switchback.

Garibaldi Lake

Garibaldi Lake Hike near Whistler, BC

This moderately difficult, 18 km return hike takes 5-6 hours. Garibaldi lake is a show-stopper turquoise lake ringed by showy glaciers, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains.

Ragged Island, View from Mt. Gardner Hike

Mount Gardner Hike on Bowen Island

This moderately difficult, 8.3 km (return) hike takes 4-5 hours. Expansive views of the Sunshine Coast, downtown Vancouver, UBC, Mt. Baker, Howe Sound.

Tenquille Lake

Tenquille Lake (Branch 12 Trail) – Pemberton, BC

This moderately difficult, 12 km (return) hike takes 5-7 hours. Expect to be dazzled by expansive alpine meadows, stunning views of the Pemberton Valley and the crystal clear, sub-alpine Tenquille Lake.

Joffre Lakes

Joffre Lakes Trail – Pemberton, BC

This moderately difficult, 9.4 km hike takes 4-6 hours and offers stunning views of the turquoise-blue Joffre Lakes, the Matier glacier, and surrounding mountains.

Killarney Lake on Bowen Island

Killarney Lake Hike on Bowen Island

This easy, scenic 7.5-9km (return) hike from the ferry in Snug Cove takes about 2-3 hours and has minimal elevation gain. It is accessible year round.

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Disclaimer:  All information presented on this website is for informational purposes only. Outdoor Therapy does not bear any liability for the information presented here. All outdoor activities involve a certain element of risk and weather, and other forces may change trail routing and/or other conditions. The information presented here is meant to serve as a guide only. It is the ultimate and sole responsibility of the user of this information to determine which activities are appropriate to her skills and fitness levels and it is the ultimate and sole responsibility of the user to be aware of changes and hazards that may have occurred since the posting of the material.