Vancouver has plenty of options that are good for the mind and the body.
Whether you’re looking for some “me time,” or for an active vacation with conscious choices, Vancouver has plenty of options that are good for the mind and the body. It is a city that prizes the concept of wellness, taking a balanced approach to work and play.
You don’t need to be attending a wellness retreat to want to bring a sense of balance to a trip. Many travellers are increasingly looking for ways to add healthy activities to their vacation, keep up their fitness regimens, and return home feeling better than ever.
Stretch your limits by hiking up the Grouse Grind, or just stretch your hamstrings during an outdoor yoga seassion. A city immersed in nature, Vancouver offers the space for you to escape, breath and recharge.
Whether it’s getting in shape or getting out of your comfort zone, it’s easy to stay healthy in Vancouver, a city situated in spectacular nature. Mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, running or walking on the seawall or cycling Vancouver’s neighbourhoods are just a few ways to conquer your fitness goals, Vancouver-style.
Eat Fresh & Local
The city’s healthy approach extends to what’s on your plate – choose sustainably-sourced seafood, farm-to-table offerings, or imaginative vegetarian and vegan cuisine. From gluten-free to vegan, Vancouver has long been open to different diets, but in the past few years, conscious dining has really come into its own. To some, it means a purely plant-based menu, while to others it means local, seasonal dishes that offer a connection to farmers, growers, and fishermen. Home of the 100 Mile Diet, Vancouver is packed with restaurants who pay homage to these principals.
Mind Body Balance
Bring a sense of balance to your trip with corrective massage with a Registered Massage Therapist, traditional Thai remedies or unique body treatments using local ingredients. A well-chosen treatment can add a sense of balance to an adventurous travel itinerary. There’s no shortage of spas in Vancouver where you can be massaged, wrapped, slathered, indulged and primped, from clinics that specialize in treating sore muscles, through to luxurious spas where you’ll want to hang out all day.
With a focus on living a balanced lifestyle, Vancouverites were early adopters of yoga—after all, this is the home town of yoga-wear giant Lululemon! If you’re the sort to travel with your own mat, you’ll find plenty of green spaces for you to grab a few “oms” during your visit. Or seek out one of the many outdoor, scenic spots by the beach for a mindfulness moment of relaxation.