Looking for something awesome to do in Vancouver’s North Shore? In the summer you can kayak up Indian Arm or paddle around Deep Cove—and in the winter you can go skiing on Cypress Mountain and snowshoeing on Mount Seymour. But if you want to do something a little closer to home we’ve got you covered. From the classiest indoor fitness centers in Van to throw-back laser tag and high-end indoor rock climbing, the North Shore is where it’s at. Check out what you can get up to!
#1 – The Hive North Shore
Yoga, fitness, and rock climbing—this just might be the right recipe for your new fitness regimen! At The Hive North Shore you can enjoy a day of climbing for $21, and if you’re a night owl check out their late-night drop-in hours. This is a bouldering gym, so there’s no top-roping. Bouldering is a great way to get in shape and to exercise your muscles without getting sick of same old moves since the routes are often changing. Not to mention, you don’t need to have a belaying partner. After a climb, you can take a yoga class and stretch those stiff muscles.
#2 – Barre Fitness
If you’re already a fan of Pilates and yoga, then barre fitness is for you. Combining elements of both, barre fitness gets your heart rate up, engages your muscles, and helps with your flexibility. The added layer of ballet-inspired movements leaves you feeling charged and beautiful, like a ballerina. At Barre Fitness in North Van’s west end you can enjoy exercising in the spacious studio with polished bamboo flooring and lots of natural light. Drop in for their classic beginner classes, Barre Fitness and Barre Classic, or challenge yourself with Barre HIIT, their advanced class. Drop-in classes are $22, but they offer a new member special, two weeks of unlimited visits for $40.
If you are looking to do something out the ordinary, try paintball. North Shore Paintball hosts games in their outdoor pitch year-round, rain or shine. You can book a game for $20, which includes rentals and all-day admission—though actual paintballs are extra. They’ve got a few different types of terrain here and, if your stamina allows, you can try them all.
#4 – Cook Culture
If you feel like it’s high time you learned how to cook food that’s actually good for you, Cook Culture is for you. Located in central Lonsdale, Cook Culture is known not only for their huge collection of kitchenware but also for their amazing array of healthy cooking classes. From Italian Bistro to contemporary takes on traditional Japanese, Thai, or French, you can master any international menu item in these hands-on classes. These classes are great for a girls’ night—and they’re a great way to change up date night. The price is generally $90 per three-hour class. Come hungry since there’s always sampling.
#5 – Laserdome Plus
The 90s are calling and they want you to play lasertag. Laserdome Plus located on North Van’s east end, close to The Hive climbing gym, is a sweet spot to have some fun with your pals. This 7,500 square foot arena has over four levels of play, incredible design, black lights, and psychedelic colors. One game is only $9—but it’s also only 15 minutes so you’ll likely want to check out their three-game pass for $19. This is a hot spot for kids birthday parties on weekends, so if you’re looking to really let loose Rambo-style check out their weekday rates. You don’t want to accidentally take out a tot while executing your sweet combat moves.
If you don’t want to splurge on fitness passes, check out The Edge Climbing Centre, located just east of the Lion’s Gate Bridge. They’ve got bouldering and top-roping here, and offer competitive climbing rates, especially during the off season in the summer months. This climbing gym is smaller than others in the area, but it’s a good option if you’re serious about climbing and don’t like the crowds as it rarely gets overcrowded. A day pass during peak season (October–July) is $20, but if you’re going to be climbing a lot it’s better to check out the unlimited monthly pass for $105. If you’re a beginner take one of their intro courses and start with the basics before setting off on your own.
So don’t waste your precious free time going to the to same old restaurants and pubs. Boost your weekend by trying something new, be it diving into barre fitness, picking up a new recipe to add to your repertoire, or hitting the rock climbing wall.
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