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Goal 8: Active living and getting outside
Goal 8: Active living

Active living and getting outside

Our goal: All Vancouverites are engaged in active living and have incomparable access to nature
of adults exercise for at least 150 minutes each week

Staying active and having access to outdoor spaces is a big part of our health as citizens and communities.

Active living

Regular physical activity  improves our health and reduces our risk of numerous chronic conditions. As children, it supports our healthy development, and in adulthood, staying active may help to reduce physical and mental limitations.

Getting outside

Natural spaces in an urban setting influence the well-being of entire communities. Accessible green spaces improve social cohesion by providing sites for interaction, and help create a healthy, functioning ecosystem.

Our target: All Vancouver residents live within a five minute walk of a park, and increase the rate of people meeting Canadian physical activity guidelines by 25%

Progress we've made so far

Source: Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

Residents who meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

Park Board OneCard usage

Residents living within a 5 minute walk (400m) of a park or other green space

Tree Canopy cover

The Park Board’s mission is to provide, preserve and advocate for parks and recreation to benefit all people, communities and the environment. Its Strategic Framework has four key directions:

  1. Parks and recreation for all: accessible, diverse and quality amenities and services that encourage participation and meet current and future needs
  2. Leader in greening: demonstrate leading green and horticultural practices and preserve, protect and create green space
  3. Engaging people: working openly together to understand and achieve goals and strengthen relationships
  4. Excellence in resource management: use existing resources effectively and efficiently, and be innovative in developing additional resources to deliver best value for money and meet community needs


Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets

Facilities and schedules

Find Vancouver sports fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, fitness centres, pools, water parks, marinas, community centres, and gyms.

Greenest City Action Plan

Greenest City is a bold initiative that addresses Vancouver's environmental challenges.

Transportation 2040 Plan

Our Transportation 2040 Plan provides a vision for how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.

Parks, gardens, and beaches

Visit one of our stunning parks, gardens, and beaches. Rain or shine, our city's physical splendour can inspire and soothe you.

Recreational activities

Take a look at the types of recreational activities we offer in Vancouver, from swimming to pottery.

Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018

See what we've got planned to help meet our goals. 

Download the plan  

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