Fun things to do in Vancouver

Fun things to do in Vancouver, Canada

 

Top places to see in Vancouver

Guest post by Marcie of Marcie in Mommyland.

Vancouver, BC is one of my favorite cities. I’m fortunate that it’s just a 2.5 hour drive from my home in Seattle, WA. We usually go in the summer and in the winter for Boxing Day. In fact, my oldest has spent every single birthday in Vancouver, BC. My family loves to shop along Robson Street, eat our fill of Chinese food in Richmond and enjoy the many attractions Vancouver has to offer. They also have cultural festivals and outdoor events almost every weekend.

Here are a few of my top spots to check out in Vancouver

 

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

If you only have time to do one thing in Vancouver, make it the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The bridge does swing a bit, mostly because tourists like to try to make it swing. But, it’s so much more than a suspension bridge. The park offers First Nations totem poles, a Cliffwalk, a story center, guided tours and more. The Cliffwalk is a maze of bridges, stairs and platforms that winds guests through rainforest vegetation. Our favorite area is the Treetops Adventure. It’s a series of 7 suspension bridges attached to 8 Douglas fir trees that are 250 years old and weigh 30 tons. If you enjoy outdoor adventures, you could easily spend an entire day exploring this park. My friends actually got engaged here many years ago!

 

Insider Tip: During the holiday season, they string up lights all over the park and offer hot cocoa for their Canyon Lights celebration.

 

 

Stanley Park Vancouver Canada

 

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is one of the most famous parks in Canada. At nearly 130 years old, it’s undergone incredible transformations throughout the years. Now it’s Vancouver’s version of Central Park. Here you’ll find Canada’s largest aquarium, a rainforest, restaurants, a miniature train, a water park, beaches and more. This is where Vancouver’s infamous Seawall resides. It’s the ideal spot to Rollerblade, bike, jog and run with hallmark views of the city. If you don’t have time to walk around, you can easily drive through the park and soak in many of the sights. With so many activities, it’s no wonder it’s one of Vancouver’s largest attractions.

 

Insider Tip: I recommend taking a horse-drawn carriage ride around the park. The ride is slow, giving enough time to see a few of the sites. The guides give inside information and history about Stanley Park.

 

 

Harbour Cruises Vancouver Canada

Harbor Cruises around Vancouver

Vancouver is located on the water, which provides an opportunity to admire the city from a boat. It’s the best way to see unparalleled panoramic views of Vancouver. Keeping PNW weather in mind, boats have spacious open-air decks as well as inside seating. Our favorite thing to do is sit on the deck and watch seaplanes take-off and land.

 

Insider Tip: Opt for the one-hour cruise around Burrard Inlet, especially during summer months. You’ll cruise past Stanley Park, cruise ship terminals and historic Gastown. It’s also a great spot to see the spectacular city skyline and the breathtaking North Shore Mountains.

 

Vancouver Waterfront

Vancouver Waterfront

Vancouver has a beautiful waterfront district. Seeing the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Cauldron is always a treat for us because we got to see it during the Olympics. After seeing the cauldron, head into the Vancouver Convention Centre to see the Olympic display featuring a full set of Olympic and Paralympic medals, provided by the International Olympic Committee. We also like to head to the Vancouver Lookout for 360 degree views of the water and Downtown Vancouver. There are several walking tours that meet up at the Vancouver Waterfront. If you have the stamina, you can rent a bike and bike around the waterfront and Stanley Park.

 

Insider Tip: Grab coffee and drink it near the Olympic Cauldron. From there you can watch boats, sea planes and cruise ships.

 

 

 

Sea to Sky Gondola Vancouver Waterfront

Sea to Sky gondola

This attraction is technically in Squamish, BC (about 40 minutes away from Vancouver) but it’s worth the drive. For one thing, the Sea to Sky highway offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Pacific Northwest. However, the view of Howe Sound from the Sea to Sky Gondola is unbeatable. The gondola ride takes about 10 minutes. At the top, you can walk across a suspension bridge to another view point. Sea to Sky staff members are positioned to take photos of guests on the bridge. There are also several walking trails. They have a small café at the base of the mountain and a full restaurant at the top with a large outdoor deck. If you will be in British Columbia for an extended stay, their annual pass is your best bet.

 

Insider Tip: If you are a yogi, they offer mountain top yoga!

 

I hope you will enjoy Vancouver, BC as much as my family does.

 

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13 Responses to Fun things to do in Vancouver

  1. One Girl: One World September 12, 2017 at 7:43 pm #

    I didn’t realize Vancouver was so close to Seattle! That’s pretty cool. I would like to try the harbor cruise – I just did one in San Diego and it was lovely!

  2. Eve Kay September 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    Wow I visited Vancouver as a kid and never realize these fun things existed! The suspension bridge park looks fun. We’ll definitely take our kids to these places when visiting there. Great tips!

    • Noel September 13, 2017 at 7:45 am #

      I know, so many cool and fun things to do in Vancouver, thanks for commenting

  3. Christopher September 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    VanCity is an awesome place. The last time I was there I was a kid and I went skiing up in Whistler. The nature there is spectacular and is great indication of how beautiful Canada is!!

  4. David Meldrum September 11, 2017 at 11:24 pm #

    Looks like such a beautiful place. Ohh i could’t go on the suspension bridge as i’m a big wimp and hate heights. haha. A horse-carriage ride would be good fun as well as seeing sites on the way. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place.

  5. travelscoutadventure September 11, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    It’s funny I was just looking at tickets to Vancouver. These trails all look like so much fun – I’ll have to save this for trip planning. Coffee and strolling around the Olympic center sounds cool. Is it too cold to head there in November?

    • Noel September 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

      Fall time is the ideal time to visit this city and region, I would love to go back

  6. Claudia September 11, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    The writer has covered some of our best places in my hometown! Our family loves the Sea to Sky Gondola for a great day trip and hike, with those gorgeous Howe Sounds views.

    • Noel September 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

      Great tips, so many fun things to do in Vancouver

  7. lucywilliamsglobal September 10, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    I love Vancouver! But now you have given me some great ideas on what to do next time I’m there. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park looks so fun! I would look to see it all lit up! Also, the Sea to Sky gondola looks like a good day out too.

  8. Mel Jones September 10, 2017 at 8:08 am #

    Vancouver looks so awesome! I’ve not been to Canada yet but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. This itinerary looks fun, parks, boat trips and a Sea to Sky highway? What a stunning view! I think I’d be too busy taking photos off the side I’d probably hold the group up haha! Will definitely keep this in mind for when I eventually go 🙂

  9. SherianneKay September 10, 2017 at 5:14 am #

    I recently started planning a trip to Vancouver, adding the suspension for sure — if your child can do it, I can do it!

  10. Mei & Kerstin 👭🌍 (@_travelwithmk) September 9, 2017 at 11:19 am #

    The Harbour Cruises and the suspension bridge at the Sea to sky attraction sound quite interesting! We’d definitely go to these places when visiting Vancouver! Thank you so much for your tips!

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add