Are you planning a trip to Vancouver this summer? If not, then maybe you should because we’ve created the perfect bucket list filled with must-do summer activities such as flying, kayaking, and bungee jumping all within an hours drive from the Canadian west coast city. Sometimes the heavy traffic, fast pace, and flashing lights of the city become overwhelming. A nature submerged adventure is a great cure for the city blues. These activities are for those who are true adventurers at heart as they offer blood pumping experiences that are sure to leave you physically exhausted but aching for more.
1. Camp on Vancouver Island at Free Spirit Spheres
Although vacation spots such as Bali, Paris, and New York might be cluttering up your Instagram feed, none compare to the stunning tree-houses nestled among the trees on Vancouver Island. Each of the three uniquely handcrafted tree houses comfortably holds 1-3 guests and provides a cozy atmosphere. The giant skylights and sounds of nature truly create a one with the wilderness vibe. Depending on the time of year and which treehouse you choose to stay in the prices ranges from $175.00-$314.00 a night.
2. Go Bungee Jumping and Tree Top Trekking in Whistler
Bungee jumping is voted by Whistler locals as one of the most extreme activities in the area and is guaranteed to provide thrill seekers with an unforgettable adrenaline rush. The 160ft. fall over Cheakamus River is breathtaking and only a one-hour drive from West Vancouver. Whistler Bungee allows you to jump solo, tandem, or in a wheelchair year round (weather permitted) for the price of $140.00 per person. There are also memberships and group rates available.
If you prefer climbing to jumping, embrace your inner Tarzan at The Adventure Group’s treetop trekking adventure in Whistler. The courses, which offer over 70 elements ranging from mild to wild, are great for kids, friends, and families. There’s no need to worry about safety because everyone gets harnessed in and given helmets. This fun aerial course starts at $39.00 a head for the kids course and goes all the way up to $339.00 a person for an adult personalized adventure.
3. Fly in a Seaplane
Get an aerial view of the stunning Vancouver Islands in a Harbour Air Seaplane. Choose to fly between Vancouver and Nanaimo or Victoria for a fee ranging from $59-$99. There’s no better way to view British Columbia’s beautiful west coast then from among the birds in the sky. The water landing adds an invigorating end to a jaw-dropping experience.
4. Kayak Around Deep Cove and Hike Quarry Rock
North Vancouver provides a slice of nature only minutes from the city. The escape from the hustle and bustle can be a welcome de-stress from work life. Deep Cove Kayak offers boat rentals for kayaks, paddle boards, surf-skis, and canoes. Prices, which vary based on hourly rates, range from $39-$189. You can also book an instructor-led lesson in a Dragon Boat for the ultimate Deep Cove Olympic experience.
5. Join a drum circle on Galiano Island
Galiano is the magical Gulf Island closest to Vancouver and is home to rocky cliffs, ancient forests, pebbled beaches, and gorgeous scenery. Take part in water-sports, whale watching, art shows, or even join a drum circle.