Did you know that over 8 million tourists visit Vancouver annually? It’s no wonder: they get to experience its lifestyle and natural beauty.
If you’re starting to come up with vacation ideas but don’t know where to go, why not consider this Canadian city? You’ll be able to see wildlife and scenic places as well as stroll the farmers market.
Considering there are so many things to do in Vancouver, we came up with a list of top-notch attraction suggestions. Keep reading to find out more.
1. Granville Island Kids Market
If you decide to visit Vancouver with children, you have to pop into the Granville Island Kids Market. The place holds several arts-and-crafts events (especially during spring break).
Your kids will be able to learn about printmaking, create a fruit pinata, and make a DIY photo booth background. Plus, the workshops are free during weekdays.
While you’re at it, check out the market’s culinary offerings and enjoy eating at a table overlooking downtown Vancouver and False Creek.
2. Maplewood Farm
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Vancouver, add Maplewood Farm to your list. The farm’s menagerie includes dairy goats, chickens, donkeys, pot-bellied pigs, and Shetland ponies.
This North Vancouver farm will teach your kids where eggs and dairy come from, so it can also be pretty educational to young ones. Plus, there are covered picnic areas they can go to when they get hungry.
Here’s a tip: check out the rabbit habitat. It’s a popular attraction among kids, and they’ll love feeding the bunnies. Just don’t forget to BYO-green leafy veggies.
3. See Wildlife at Deep Cove
During your trip to Vancouver, you have to go to Deep Cove to see wildlife. It’s one of the city’s highlights for nature lovers and one of the most scenic attractions you’re ever going to see.
Plus, it’s pretty accessible: only 20 minutes from the city center by car and right across the Burrard Inlet (close to North Vancouver). You’ll be able to see wildlife such as seals, eagles, and sea lions, all in a day of hiking.
How you visit depends on your personal preference and the weather. Try the Cates Park gravel paths through the forest and along the water if you’re feeling more laid-back. You’ll be able to spot the First Nation totems and a canoe.
Are you feeling energized? Then hike the 41-kilometer (25-mile) Baden Powell nature trail. It starts from Burrard Inlet (Deep Cove) and ends in Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver).
In the Deep Cove area, there’s a small town of the same name. Take your time to explore the galleries, the local restaurants, the theater, and the charming seaside village with boutiques.
4. Cherry Blossom Festival
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival takes place annually and is typically held for several days in April. It celebrates the blooms and arrival of spring with activities suitable for all ages.
Check out a concert in Vancouver’s Burrard SkyTrain station if you feel like enjoying music. Otherwise, check out mini-events at venues across the city (like the free Bike the Blossoms gathering).
Do none of these things appeal to you? Don’t worry. There’s another option. Pop into the Sakura Days Japan Fair (at VanDusen Botanical Garden) to find traditional Japanese food, cultural arts, and performances.
5. Hit the Slopes
Around Vancouver, ski season continues even when winter is over. Indeed, at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, there’s the annual World Ski & Snowboard Festival in mid-April.
So, get ready to experience fresh powder snowfall and a fun time on the slopes. After all, Whistler is just about an hour and a half away from Vancouver.
If you prefer going somewhere nearby, you can check out some closer mountains to enjoy spring skiing as well.
6. Enjoy the Outdoors
Considering the weather won’t be as cold during spring, get out and explore the outdoors. You can go camping, kayaking, golfing, biking, or perhaps even give hiking a go.
You’ll notice that as soon as the sunshine arrives, people start biking and rollerblading along the Seawall.
There are plenty of interesting outdoor places within a few hours of the city. You can try the hiking trails of Whistler or go for a walk through the rainforest at Lynn Canyon Park. You’ll see beautiful waterfalls and an exciting suspension bridge at the latter.
Here’s a tip: if your trip planning includes an overnight adventure, pack warm waterproof layers and keep an eye on the weather forecast.
7. Pop Into the Outdoor Markets
Once the spring arrives, open-air markets around Vancouver start to re-emerge. You’ll find vintage knick-knacks, tasty foods, and fresh produce from the farmers’ market.
The Richmond Night Market is the largest seasonal market, so it might be worth exploring. It is open on weekend nights and is regarded as one of the main attractions in the city.
Also, add the Shipyards Night Market to your itinerary if you’re into food trucks. It’s on the opposite side of the city (in North Vancouver), but it’s a great place to go if you’re a ”foodie”.
Keep in mind that each market has its dates, but most begin to open in early May, running until early autumn.
Things to Do in Vancouver
There are so many things to do in Vancouver. Whether you want a relaxing family vacation or an adventurous trip (hiking, kayaking, and skiing), there’s something for you.
So, organize your itinerary and get ready for an unforgettable trip!
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