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10 Vancouver outdoor events to check out in March

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Daniel Chai Mar 02, 2017 12:34 am 1,996

Spring is just around the corner, so it’s a great time to get outdoors and make the most of the remaining snow on the mountains and the fresh air on the trails. Explore Vancouver and beyond with our 10 outdoors events to check out this March.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

VASS CUP 2017

  • What: The VASS Cup is a fun afternoon of activities and celebration on Grouse Mountain for the Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports community. Take part in a fun ski race alongside skiers with disabilities, try out sledge hockey, enjoy appetizers and watch an inspirational film, all to raise funds for VASS.
  • Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
  • When: March 4 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Registration: Online

2017 Vancouver Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show

  • What: Discover hiking, running and triathlons, camping, kayaking, canoeing, and adventure travel, plus be inspired with seminars from seasoned travellers and experts.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: March 4 to 5
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tours

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  • What: Explore the connection between snow and your drinking water. Learn about your water supply in a fun and active way while discovering alpine plants and animals. After a moderately strenuous snowshoe, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.
  • Where: Mt. Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
  • When: March 10 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm, March 4, 11, 16, 18 and 23 from 10 am to 1:30 pm
  • Registration: Online, $18 with own snowshoes; $25 includes snowshoes rental. Ages 16+. Must be physically capable of hiking up and down steep sections with snowshoes.

Casual Birding Walk

  • What: Check out shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and more on this 2.5 hour bird watching amble. Bring your own binoculars. Presented by Delta Naturalists.
  • Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park – Meet at Cammidge House via Centennial Beach entrance on Boundary Bay Rd, Tsawwassen
  • When: March 8 from 9 am to noon
  • Cost: Free, 9+

Vans Hi-Standard

  • What: An international contest series inviting snowboarders to showcase pure style in a thrilling jam format. Touring across the US, Canada, China, Korea and France, the Vans Hi-Standard Series will feature an original big air format where riders are judged by individual style only, with no rotations over 720 allowed.
  • Where: Mt. Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
  • When: March 11 from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm
  • Registration: Online, free

Beaver Watch

  • What: Try to spot a beaver as it goes about its nightly work. Presented by Metro Vancouver.
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • When: March 18 from 6 pm to 8 pm
  • More Info: Online, $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

MEC Learn to Trail Run 5K/10K Clinic

  • What: Always wanted to run on the trails, but don’t know where to start? Join MEC North Vancouver for a 5 km or 10 km Trail Running Clinic. Learn how to navigate the trails, power up hills, and everything you need to bring on your trail runs.  You’ll also earn a free race entry to one of MEC’s Lower Mainland Trail Races.
  • Where: Participants meet once a week at various locations.
  • When: March 19 to May 28 (no session April 16) from 9 to 10:30 am
  • Register: Online, $40

Enchanted Forest

  • What: Venture on a one hour nature quest. Find out how trees talk to each other through their roots and look for forest sprites and rock trolls. Dress in costume and bring food to roast on the campfire.
  • Where: Aldergrove Regional Park – Meet at Blacktail Picnic Shelter by main park entrance on 27240 8th Ave
  • When: March 23 from 10 am to 2 pm
  • More Info: Online, free, all ages

Night Quest

  • What: Nature at night is a magical experience. Wander 2 km of lantern-lit trails and explore like owls, squirrels, coyotes and other nocturnal critters. Bring a flashlight or lantern and allow 90 minutes to complete. Trails are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  • Where: Pacific Spirit Regional Park – Meet at Park Centre on 16th Ave, 400 m west of Blanca St
  • When: March 25 from 7 to 9 pm
  • More Details: Online, free

Manning Nordic Day – Top to Bottom Fest

Manning Park Top To Bottom Fest

Image: Manning Park

  • What: Celebrate Manning Nordic Day by challenging yourself and your friends with Manning Park’s Nordic Top to Bottom Fest. Time your skate or classic ski for the 8 km distance from the “top to the bottom”, from Strawberry Flats down to the Similkameen River in Manning Park Resort. After the race head to the Nordic Centre for a free burger and prizes.
  • Where: Manning Park Resort – 7500 Hwy #3, Manning Park
  • When: March 25
  • Cost: $15 per run. Trail pass is not included.

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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