Reasons to Love Vancouver: Leisure Is a Serious Pursuit

Surfing, hiking, mountain biking—Vancouver is a choose-your-own-adventure kind of town


New access to Mount Fromme’s 62-kilometre trail means it’s not just for diehards anymore (Photo: Grant Harder)

Hemmed in on one side by mountains and the Pacific on the other, Vancouver is a giant outdoor playground. Which is good, because the cost of buying indoor square footage 
is steep. Looking west, you see the kitesurfing mecca at the end of Howe Sound. North? An epic 62 kilometres of trails on Mount Fromme (pictured above)—and their newly accessible parking lot. Now, instead of diehards trekking up with bikes hoisted on their shoulders, anyone with a sturdy cycle and a reasonable amount of chutzpah can park and set off (promptly followed by a post-ride clean at the bike-washing station).


Fleece Forward: A sports-inspired uniform for your next adventure—or brunch. (Clockwise from Left) Valentino jacket, $4790, Alexander Wang bag, $1,250, Céline shoes, $810. All available at Nordstrom Pacific Centre (Photo: Grant Harrison, except Céline)

It’s a choose-your-own-adventure town: Burn 1,000 calories jogging the Grouse Grind (nature’s stairclimber) or toss on a pair of in-line skates for a retro loop around Stanley Park. The only thing you’ll be judged for is staying inside.

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