One could argue that, other than Alberta, British Columbia is far and away the adventure province of Canada. If it weren't for the Alberta's Canadian Rockies, it wouldn't even be close. This is because of the pure variety and extremity of activities in this province, many of them of which are within a day's travel time. Vancouver is a world travel dream, whether basking in a hot springs looking out on the ocean or dangling from a sheer rock face (or anything in between) is your style.
The city of Vancouver just looks like an adventure haven, with a backdrop of mountains dwarfing the downtown skyline on one side and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean on the other. Head to Stanley Park for picturesque walking and cycling, as well as access to nearby beaches. Across the bay is the incredible Vancouver Island, where the city of Nanaimo is a destination in itself for scuba diving, swimming, and lots more. The island is also home to a number of nature parks, including Pacific Rim National Park (ocean kayaking and distance hikes are highlights), Strathcona Provincial Park (Buttle Lake and the 440 meter/1,444 foot high Dellas Falls), and Maquinna Marine Park (the Tofino Hot Springs; a must if there ever was one). Also, the reputation for skiing and snowboarding is well-earned, for there are three local slopes (Cypress, Grouse Mountain and Seymour), as well as the inimitable Whistler, a fixture on an international level for its stellar powder.
There is so much regulated and maintained green space in British Columbia, so much of it worthy of discussion, and yet we're doing our best to keep this a reading for one sitting. Classic catch 22 situation. Still, there are a few that NEED mentioning. Wells Gray and Stein Valley are both a ways from Vancouver, but provide unique hiking and majestic waterfalls, while Wells Gray is a superlative whitewater rafting experience. Speaking of, Chilko River, also a destination in and of itself, is the longest continuous rapids in North America, including plenty of class IV.
If these aren't enough, the nearby town of Squamish is known internationally for its outdoor adventures, which include the best in rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and mountain biking. You may also head south across the border to the surprisingly approximate park systems of Washington state, including the stunning Olympic National Park.
If these examples aren't enough to garner interest in Vancouver then maybe you're better off getting a time-share somewhere where the locals have the embarrassing task of waiting on you hand and foot, because true adventure is not in your blood. For those who are intrigued, check out our individual listings and start planning your trip.