In this post, you can find ten free ideas to have so much fun in Vancouver and enjoy without spending any money! Add this places to your check list “What to visit in Vancouver” and start crossing out!
* If you have been living for a long time in the city, probably you have visited most of them, but it’s never a bad idea to see them twice!
Explore the largest urban park in Vancouver is a must. This 400-hectare rainforest has amazing cultural and historical landmarks, kilometers of beaches and trails and majestic scenic views. Lose yourself in the park enjoy the wildest nature in the heart of the city. If you are an animal lover, you’ll enjoy meeting “the local residents of the park” raccoons, squirrels or loonies among others.
2. Hike the Grouse Grind at Grouse Mountain
Have fun visiting Grouse Mountain and its challenging 2.9-kilometre trail “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”. This hike takes around 1.5 hours, 2 – 2.5 hours to novice hikers.
The Quarry rock is an easy-difficulty trail. It is located in North Vancouver so, you can access in a pretty easy way by public transport. If you are departing from downtown Vancouver, it takes around 1-hour bus or 30min driving. This 3.8km popular trail is perfect to relish the beautiful landscape (above all if it is sunny) and have a fun day/eve.
- Granville Island http://granvilleisland.com/
Visit Granville Island and its Public Market is a classic in Vancouver. You can entertain yourself having a delicious brunch, shopping, watching the architecture, visiting the historic places, renting a boat/jet ski or doing other outdoor activities. To arrive at Granville Island you can buy or use the false creek’ aquabus. I recommend you to sail the false creek, it costs only 8 dollars, and you can arrive at Granville Island enjoying the gorgeous view from the boat.
This naturally sandy beach is located in the west of Stanley Park. You can access to the beach by walk or bicycle through the seawall or use a car as well (pay parking). Third beach is a popular beach among locals and visitors. Every sunny Tuesday it is possible to find a drum circle where people play drums and dances for the love of unity. The drums circle is a fun event that you have to visit, at least one time if you’re spending the summer in Vancouver.
Located on Beach Ave, between Bute St and Thurlow St, Sunset beach is a good place to relax and enjoy the gorgeous Vancouver’s sunset in a quiet atmosphere.
Vancouver Art Gallery is one of the most innovative and respected art institutions of America’s, and every Tuesday 5 – 9 pm you have the chance of visiting its exhibition by donation ($10 recommended). The regular price admission is $24 for adults
“Every Tuesday evening, admission to the Gallery is by donation. Your donation is important and we are very grateful. All donations help support incredible Gallery programs such as School Programs, Teen Art Group, Weekly Family Programs, Restoration, and so much more.” –Vancouver Art Gallery –
Kitsilano beach, known as “Kits”, is one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver. It offers a wide range of possibilities to play sports as basketball, tennis, beach volley or paddle board.
The University of British Columbia is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, don’t miss this opportunity and visit it!
Lynn Canyon Park and suspension bridge have several waterfalls and trails throughout the park. You can hang out enjoying the beautiful spots and relax having a picnic with your friends or family. The park was officially opened in 1912, since when has been one of the famous places to visit among local residents and tourists.
Have fun and enjoy safely and free!!