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Vancouver Family Activities

Vancouver is a fantastic destination for families, with enough kid-friendly attractions and activities to fill any family vacation. Whether your family prefers adventure in the trees, being active on the ground, searching for whales or just chilling on the beach, Vancouver has it all.

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Insiders' Tips

  • Vancouver Aquarium’s Animal Encounters lets kids go behind the scenes and help trainers work with dolphins, otters and more.Watch a free outdoor movie. Locations include Yaletown, Nat Bailey Stadium and Second Beach in Stanley Park.
  • Kid-friendly festivals abound in Vancouver. A top pick is the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, at Granville Island.
  • Family programs run every weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Take a tour, and then hit the studio to create some art of your own.
  • During the winter months, enjoy free skating at Robson Square..

HR MacMillan Space Centre

Come discover the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre located just minutes from downtown, in Vanier Park, near the Museum of Vancouver & Maritime Museum.

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Sea Vancouver

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Whether you are a first time zodiac adventurer or a seasoned veteran, we guarantee that you will have a blast! Our fleet of open-air, purpose built, zodiac-style vessels are one of Vancouver's fastest & s...
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Stanley Park

Jog, bike or just walk the scenic Stanley Park seawall, and take in views of the downtown skyline, the North Shore mountains and English Bay. Stop at the Vancouver Aquarium to see otters, penguins, beluga and dolphins, plus a re-created tropical rainforest.Cool down at Second Beach Pool, or the Variety Kids Water Park or take a horse-drawn carriage tour through Stanley Park.

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Beaches

Take the buckets, spades and skim boards to Jericho, Spanish Banks or Locarno beach on Vancouver’s west side to discover the warm shallow water and wide stretches of sand. Or enjoy the huge pool, beach volleyball and playground at busier Kitsilano Beach. In Stanley Park, Second Beach has an outdoor pool, small beach and a playground; Third Beach has great sand.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge

Suspend your breath at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, swinging and swaying 70m/230ft above the raging Capilano River. Want more excitement? Stroll high above the river on Cliffwalk, a series of cantilevered platforms attached to the canyon wall, or explore the Treetops Adventure, a network of walkways in the forest canopy. All three, plus historic displays and First Nations art and culture, are at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

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Granville Island

Hop a mini foot-passenger ferry from Yaletown, False Creek or the West End to art-filled Granville Island. This unique blend of shops, galleries, restaurants, theatres, artists, cafes and food is a Vancouver favourite. Mix with art students, buskers and locals on this pedestrian friendly island. Head to the island's famous public market for a delicate artisan pastry and a steaming espresso, or savour a long lunch with marina views at one of the waterfront restaurants.
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Grouse Mountain Resort

Located 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you high above the city to a mountaintop of adventure including hiking trails, ziplining, helicopter tours, paragliding, live entertainment, lumberjack shows, a wil...
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Second Beach Pool

A seaside outdoor pool, a beach, and a playground make Stanley Park's Second Beach a top choice for families.
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Rainy Day Family Fun

Vancouver has family-friendly attractions galore.  Science World (look for the big silver... Read more dome on False Creek) is a local favourite.  Feeling spacey? Take in a planetarium show, learn about cosmic exploration and see what you’d look like as an alien at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Kitsilano.  While you’re there, don’t miss the historic displays (including a 1960s hippy house) at the Museum of Vancouver right next door, and the seafaring displays at the Maritime Museum just steps away. For an exciting introduction to Canada, fasten your seatbelts for FlyOver Canada, a breathtaking audiovisual ride simulator at Canada Place. 

FlyOver Canada

FlyOver Canada is an amazing virtual flight ride in which you will "take off" into a huge domed screen to enjoy a breathtaking flight across Canada's most spectacular sights. You will be seated in a suspended chair, with your feet suspended, in fr...
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Museum of Vancouver

Discover the history and maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. Step back in time to 1944 on board the St Roch, Canada's celebrated RCMP Arctic schooner. Wander the ship's narrow corridors where you are one of the crew on her second and most fa...
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Science World

Science World at TELUS World of Science awaits you with popular, hands-on interactive displays, inspirational feature exhibitions and awesome shows. Watch a giant-screen film in our OMNIMAX Theatre, or engage in a live science demonstration. Spark...
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Vancouver Aquarium

Penguins, sea otters & 50,000 other aquatic creatures await your arrival at Canada's largest aquarium. Enjoy dolphin show, sea otter feeds, shark dives & the free-roaming animals of the Amazon Gallery.

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Vancouver Maritime Museum

Discover the history and maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. Step back in time to 1944 on board the St Roch, Canada's celebrated RCMP Arctic schooner. Wander the ship's narrow corridors where you are one of the crew on her second and most fa...
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Laserdome Plus

Come experience the fun at Laserdome Plus. Great for entertaining all ages. Our facility has 5 main activities; laser tag, rock climbing, Lightspace, Space Jungle & now introducing 'V-Ball'. The laser tag is in a large, 697 sq m (7500 sq ft), four...
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Places to Eat

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Family Friendly Eating in Vancouver

Grab a bite at Vera’s Burger Shack (with locations around town) or Splitz Grill, famous... Read more for cooked-to-order burgers in the heart of Main Street shopping area. Café Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive offers healthy comfort food, along with a daytime kids play area (in the evening they change gears with poetry slams, comedy shows and an eclectic mix of live music). Pick from 218 flavours at La Casa Gelato on Venables Stree, or try bubble tea — fruity drinks laced with big gooey bubbles sucked through an extra fat straw — and Nanaimo bars, a home-grown chocolate, icing and wafer crust concoction available at bake shops around town.

Café Deux Soleils

Lat: 49.26598
Lon: -123.06932
Grandview-Woodlands, The Drive
Coffee & Tea, Vegetarian, Breakfast & Brunch
124 reviews
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La Casa Gelato

Lat: 49.2769695475164
Lon: -123.081596394032
Strathcona
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
316 reviews
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Vera's Burger Shack

Lat: 49.27942
Lon: -123.13032
West End
Burgers
89 reviews
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Places to Stay

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Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

The Best Western Plus Sands Hotel is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Vancouver & across the street from English Bay beach. Close to boutiques, fine dining & world-famous Stanley Park, we are a 3 diamond, 4 star hotel that is perfect for...
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Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown

Stay at this popular, full service hotel with one of the best locations downtown. Close to the city's top attractions & walking distance to popular shopping including Robson St, Nordstrom & Pacific Centre.

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Westin Bayshore

On the shores of Coal Harbour overlooking the stunning North Shore Mountains, The Westin Bayshore Vancouver offers the best of both worlds: an invigorating urban lifestyle & a rejuvenating resort-like experience. Located close to the downtown busi...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Vancouver

When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a short drive from downtown, or ride the rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to the city centre. The city is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane. A full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental options are also available.

Getting around Vancouver

You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.

Amtrak Cascades

All aboard! The Amtrak Cascades train service runs daily from Eugene, Oregon, via Portland and... Read more Seattle, to downtown Vancouver. With meal service,bike racks, on-board Wifi and scenery galore, it's one of the most relaxing ways to reach Vancouver.

False Creek Ferries

Lat: 49.2716139
Lon: -123.1362291
Granville Island/False Creek
Ferries
35 reviews
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Landsea Tours

Landsea Tours & Adventures provide half and full-day sightseeing excursions around Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Sea-to-Sky corridor and Vancouver's North Shore. Our highly trained, driver/guides host fun and informative tours conducted on our pr...
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Aquabus

Lat: 49.27077
Lon: -123.13278
Granville Island/False Creek
Boat Tours, Ferries
94 reviews
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Vancouver Trolley Company

Hop-on & hop-off our replica San Francisco-style trolleys to enjoy the best of Vancouver. This live-commentated, 32-stop sightseeing tour is your transportation link to Vancouver's major attractions, parks, gardens, shopping & restaurants or to si...
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