Family & Kids
Greater Vancouver is a paradise for kids of all ages! There are literally hundreds of outdoor and indoor activities to entertain kids and parents all day, every day, year-round. Vancouver is one giant adventure playground, with interactive museums, cool attractions, fun festivals and amazing parks. Below are some suggested activities in and around Vancouver which families may find interesting.
Take a Ride
Sail across the harbour, or soar above the city. Even getting around Vancouver on public transit offers the fun of a fairground ride, all for the price of a bus ticket.
In 1979, Granville Island was redeveloped from what used to be an industrial wasteland under the Granville Bridge, into an island of treasures that is a must on any family's list. A 10-minute drive from most downtown hotels, and an easy journey by bus, bike or boat from any part of the city, Granville Island is a-buzz with activity. Take in free live entertainment in the waterfront courtyard. Sample freshly made fudge or warm doughnuts in the Public Market. Wander along beside the houseboats, or chat with authentic fisherfolk.
Vancouver's green heart is a magnificent 400 hectares (1,000 acres), with much of it dense West Coast forest. Marked trails let families roam through the "jungle" of giant trees. Beaches offer a close up look at all kinds of boats. A playground with a vintage fire engine, a pool and water slides make this one of the city's great escapes.
Magic in Vanier Park
Just east of Kits Beach and a hop, skip and a jump from downtown or Granville Island are a whole slew of fabulous attractions that whisk kids into the past-and into space. Views are gorgeous from this beautiful green park which, every summer, plays host to the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Side note: if you want to go fly a kite, this is the place in town to do it.
Fifteen minutes, by SeaBus or car, and you're into the mountains where you'll discover the city's wilder side.
Want more fun? There's plenty within an hour's drive of the city centre.