The Healthy Lifestyle In Vancouver

Three days in Canada and I have already come to the conclusion that Vancouverites have the good life all figured out. They live in a city with a vibrant cosmopolitan buzz, yet still manage to maintain an outdoor lifestyle.

You only have to have a picturesque wander around the Seawall to see just how healthy people are out here.

There are cyclists and rollerbladers on one side and people jogging and walking on the other.

I even spotted somebody casually doing yoga on the grass.

I have never seen anything quite like it, other than the Botanical Gardens in Sydney.

Vancouver reminds me a lot of Sydney. The stunning waterfront, the towering  buildings, the numerous joggers.

But instead of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge dominating the view, there is the breathtaking backdrop of mountains that are so beautiful they do not look real.

My first view of the mountains came unexpectedly on my first day walking around the city. I wandered down Burrard Street towards Canada Place and before I knew it, boom they were there.

Photographs do not do this view justice. The picture was so perfect, it looked like somebody had painted on the scenery.

Talk about a room with a view. It is no wonder people are always outdoors. And, to top it off, the weather has been fantastic ever since I arrived.

It is like summer and, surprisingly, there has been no rain – no rain YET.

Of course, Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada, which is often referred to as the wet coast due to the heavy rainfall.

This city is extremely attractive. There are water features and pieces of contemporary art all over the place and plenty of lovely spots to take a seat and watch the world go by.

One of the largest urban parks in North America, Stanley Park, is located in Vancouver. At around 1000 acres, it is massive and features forested areas and lots of recreational facilities.

It seems like there is every excuse to get in shape and be healthy.

Being beside the Pacific Ocean, the beach culture is definitely there. As soon as the sun shows its face and the near-distant heat of summer can be felt, hoards of locals and visitors alike crowd the city’s many beaches.

Third Beach seems to be a popular one and it was brimming with sunbathers, swimmers and friends and families playing football and frisbee.

This beach, Second Beach, might look empty now, but on Saturday it was bustling with people unwinding from the busy working week.

Just a few minutes down the road from where I am staying is English Bay. This view of the attractive coastline is from the Burrard Bridge, which can be navigated by pedestrians and cyclists.

So far, Vancouver has really impressed me and I cannot wait to see more in the coming weeks.

Have you ever visited Vancouver?







  1. May 13, 2012 / 17:40

    So happy you are enjoying yourself here. It is a wonderful place to call home. I have arranged for the good weather to continue for a few more days, just for you!

    • May 15, 2012 / 16:59

      Yey, I’m so happy it has been lovely weather. I’ve been out so much I’m a wee bit burnt despite using a high factor. Having to limit my time in sun at moment :-(