Ten Freebie Vancouver Activities
- Visit the Olympic Cauldron near Canada Place…and spot some cool public artworks nearby, including an orca installation by local lad Douglas Coupland
- Check out Christ Church Cathedral (www.cathedral.vancouver.bc.ca), a neo-Gothic treasure with lovely stained glass windows
- Peruse the totem poles in Stanley Park…then nip into the Lost Lagoon Nature House (www.stanleyparkecology.ca) for a free or low-cost bird-spotting walk
- Dive into the verdant West Coast rainforest at Seymour Conservation Reserve. Or hit the trails of Stanley Park or UBC’s Pacific Spirit Region-al Park
- Explore the environment at North Vancouver’s fascinating Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre (www.dnv.org/ecology)
- Nip into the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver), the city’s grandest old-school ho-tel. In the lobby, there are historic photos and a copy of the menu en-joyed by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth when they dined here in 1939
- Observe one of nature’s greatest life cycle stories at North Vancouver’s Capilano River Hatchery. Juvenile salmon are raised on site, and you can see them before they return to the river. During the fall, returning salmon struggle up the fish ladders to spawn
- Visit the Hastings Mill Store Museum in Kitsilano. It’s the oldest building in Vancouver and houses a collection of historic local artefacts
- Head out for a summer picnic at Burnaby’s spectacular Buntzen Lake, a natural reservoir surrounded by steep, forested crags
- Muse over cool artwork at three free galleries: the Contemporary Art Gallery (www.contemporaryartgallery.ca), the Pendulum Gallery (www.pendulumgallery.bc.ca) and the Rennie Collection at Wing Sang (www.renniecollection.org).
Expand your story about experiencing Vancouver for free with a few tips on how to save on must-see attractions. For example, on Tuesdays after 5 p.m. the Van-couver Art Gallery (www.vanartgallery.bc.ca) offers by-donation entry, while the UBC Museum of Anthropology (www.moa.ubc.ca) offers reduced entry.