About an hour's drive north of Vancouver, you'll encounter a small town at the northern tip of Howe Sound that calls itself "The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada." Because of its proximity to locations revered by rock climbers, hikers, white-water rafters, and mountain bikers, we can see how a little place like Squamish can earn such a title. The most popular draw is Stawamus Chief, a massive, granite rock face that has over 300 climbing routes for all ranges of ability level.
The nearby Squamish and Elaho Rivers are notable for their rapids, with difficulties as high as level IV, and the mountain biking terrain from Diamond Head to Alice Lake is some of the most diverse and interesting in Canada.
This is legit adventure fare; even if you aren't the type to seek out more extreme sports, there are waterfalls, bird watching and nature hiking in abundance at any of the nearby provincial parks (Garibaldi, Brackendale, and Shannon Falls to name a few).
If you spend more than a day in Vancouver, a day trip to anywhere near Squamish is a necessity.