Few other places mash up a buzzing urban landscape with the epic outdoors quite as well as Canada’s West coast sea port of Vancouver.
With it’s shoulders wrapped in snow-covered mountains, feet lapped at by the Pacific, Canada’s third largest city has it all. From gleaming modern skyscrapers and vibrant cultural diversity, to pristine parks and beautiful beaches. It’s the perfect paradise for explorers. And those who want urban adventure but don’t want to sacrifice the natural escapism that most metropolises only offer far beyond their city limits.
It’s also home to the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path and there are hundreds of routes for exploring this incredible city on foot. With such strong outdoor creds, it’s no surprise Vancouver has a long, rich, running history – and a buzzing running scene.
To help you explore, we tapped into the local knowledge of our resident Vancouver runner-in-the-know. They’ve handpicked three routes to take you to the heart – and let you feel the soul – of the city.
Meet your Vancouver running guide
On Run Crew member, Mark moved to Vancouver from the Phillipines back in 2007 and since then it’s become his second home. A home he says that always feels like a vacation.
“Vancouver has so much to offer, all the amenities from the beautiful landscape of the city and the vast outdoors,” says Mark.
“It’s unlimited what you can do here. And let’s not forget about the amazing running community!
“Vancouver has a variety of running clubs to choose from depending on what you’re looking for! It’s also well-known as RainCouver so don’t mind a little rain, ok a lot of rain!”
“Running is like meditation for me. Morning runs are the perfect way to start the day or afternoon is also great after a long stressful day at work”