Vancouver Outdoors in a dayWith this itinerary you can hike, kayak and experience Vancouver’s wild side without worrying about car hire or long travel times.
Waterfont Station - Lonsdale Quay - Lynn Canyon - Deep Cove
North Shore bound
For a taste of wilderness, head across Burrard Inlet towards the mountains of the North Shore.
Pick up a DayPass for $9 and take the SeaBus from the SeaBus Terminal at Waterfront. Sit back and enjoy the view of the North Shore mountains. You’ll be at Lonsdale Quay in under 15 minutes.
Stop #1: Lonsdale Quay
Make a stop for provisions at the market which sells everything from seaweed salad and oysters to fruit salads and gourmet soup.
Stop #2: Lynn Canyon
Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is North Vancouver’s “other” bridge. It is higher, but shorter than Capilano Suspension Bridge, the scenery is wonderful and entry is free. Lynn Canyon Park is a convenient starting point for easy hikes that loop around the park and to longer and more challenging hikes that will take you to backcountry, Grouse Mountain or Deep Cove.
You’ll see the bus loop at Lonsdale Quay right in front of the SeaBus entrance. Catch the #229 or 228 bus to Lynn Valley. The 229 drops you right outside the Lynn Canyon Park. If you catch the #228 you’ll have an easy walk along a quiet suburban street to the park entrance.
Stop #3: Deep Cove
Deep Cove is less than 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, yet seems far away from the bustle. This town is one of the most popular places to kayak close to Vancouver. It has lots of coffee shops, ice cream parlours and a bistro with patio overlooking the cove.
If you’re feeling particularly active, pick up the Baden Powell trail to Deep Cove. The 12km hike is fairly easy but could take you four to five hours to complete. Alternatively, catch the # 229 bus at the same stop that you got off earlier, and go to Phibbs Exchange. Pick up the #211, 212, or C15 bus to Deep Cove. The entire journey should take about 45 minutes. The bus stop terminus is less than a minute’s walk from the kayak rental outlet.
Back to Vancouver
The # 211 or 212 or 290 bus will take you back to downtown Vancouver in around 45 minutes.