If you’re fresh off a long haul flight and need stretch the legs and get moving, look no further than these 5 free ways to stay active in Vancouver.

Create your own waterfront walk

Let’s start off easy with a power walk from The Cambie, along the Waterfront and around the Iconic Stanley Park. From both Gastown and Downtown locations, head towards the Waterfront Station. From there you’ll see the Convention Centre Buildings, the harbor. There’s a pedestrian path that winds its way along the waterfront all the way to Stanley Park. Checkout the seaplanes, docking cruise ships and the many cafes if you’ve already worked off breakfast. Once you hit Stanley Park, head for the Seawall Path, an impressive 9km of walking trail that circles the entire park. Great photo points are Brockton Point Lighthouse, Prospect Point Lookout and Siwash Rock. Once you’ve lapped the park, head back to the hostel along the waterfront the way you came. This route is around 13km, so you can power walk it, or make a day of it. Too long? Not long enough? Cut through the park, take a bus home or tackle the whole 28km of Seawall Path!

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Run with Lululemon

Of course you can also run the route suggested above, as so many locals do every day. However, if you’re wanting to meet great people and run in a pack, checkout the Lululemon Run Club. There are two Vancouver locations, Park Royal in West Vancouver and Oakridge. All levels are welcome and the run lasts about an hour. It’s a great way to make friends and get out and about in the evening. Park Royal: 6:30pm every Monday. Meet at 940 Main St, West Vancouver Oakridge: 6pm every Wednesday. Meet at the Oakridge Store – 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver

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Join a Volleyball Crew

There’s a few spots where you can play beach volleyball in central Vancouver. The two nearest The Cambie with permanent courts are Kitsilano beach and Hastings Park. There are also two spaces at English Bay Beach and Jericho Beach, along with 18 permanent courts at Spanish Banks Beach Park. At any of these locations you’re likely to find a troop of peeps setting, digging and smashing their way to volleyball stardom, or just smacking the ball around for fun. Grab some mates and a ball, or turn up solo and ask to join in.

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For more detail about Vancouver’s best Volleyball spots, take a look at this handy guide.


This post was written by Cambie Downtown Guest Charl, if you would like to write a blog for The Cambie Hostels email richard@cambiemalones.com