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 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.
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.
#3 – 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.
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!
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