Round trip Vancouver: these are the 7 free activities with kids

Touring Western Canada is not cheap, and the city of Vancouver is also known for not being a cheap city. A round trip with kids can get quite pricey as a result. Still, there are plenty of activities in Vancouver that you can visit for free with your kids. We visited the city with our family for 15 days during our tour of Western Canada and here we list seven free activities in the city for you.

Touring Vancouver with kids
Touring Vancouver with kids

Free Vancouver with kids #1: Visit stanley park


Stanley Park
is the most famous park in Vancouver and also completely free to visit with your family. Take a walk through the park and visit the large totem poles, the beautiful rose gardens and the various playgrounds.

In fact, Stanley Park is home to no less than four large playgrounds, allowing your kids to have a blast. In addition, there are picnic benches throughout the park. So it’s ideal to buy your lunch in one of the city’s big supermarkets and eat it in this beautiful park.

For those parents with kids who like hiking, the footpath around the park is a great option. This footpath of no less than 22 kilometers runs all the way around the park and from here you have beautiful views of the water, the forests and the city.

To the west and south of the park are several public beaches, where you can lie in the sun in good weather!

Touring Vancouver with kids

Touring Vancouver with kids

Touring Vancouver with kids
Touring Vancouver with kids

Touring Vancouver with kids

Touring Vancouver with kids

Free Vancouver with kids #2: Kitsilano Beach

Vancouver has many
beaches
and one of the nicest beaches for families is Kitsilano Beach. Surrounding this beach are spacious grassy areas and several playgrounds.

In addition, there is also an excellent saltwater
swimming pool
, where you can swim for a small fee and have a beautiful view of the sea and mountains.

tour Vancouver with kids

Free Vancouver with kids #3: Hiking in the Lynn Valley

One of Vancouver’s most popular free suspension bridges is in this
nature preserve
can be found: the Lynn Suspension Bridge. Keep in mind that it can be very crowded here, so try to go here as early in the morning as possible.

In addition, Lynn Valley is great for hiking with little kids. Kids can play by the little river and climb on the giant rocks. We found this an excellent activity despite the crowds on the Sunday afternoon we were there.

tour Vancouver with kids

Free Vancouver with kids #4: Visit Queens Elisabeth Parc

This
beautiful park
in downtown Vancouver is free to visit and in addition, you have a magnificent view of the city. Hundreds of flowers of all colors can be found here (Rose Garden) in this park.

There are also plenty of grassy areas where you can picnic in the park with your family.

tour Vancouver with kids
tour Vancouver with kids

Touring Vancouver with kids

Touring Vancouver with kids

Free Vancouver with kids #5: visit Vancouver’s Central Park

Despite what the name suggests, this park is located slightly outside downtown Vancouver. The park is easy to reach by subway, though, and the park is home to a huge number of squirrels. In addition, there are also two playgrounds in the park, so you can easily spend a morning here entertaining your kids. There is also a swimming pool in the park where you can swim for 2 euros per person.

Besides these five free activities that we as a family found really worthwhile, there are two other activities that don’t cost money. We visited both destinations, but did not find them very special ourselves. We want to name them anyway.

Touring Vancouver with kids
Touring Vancouver with kids

Touring Vancouver with kids

Touring Vancouver with kids

Free Vancouver with kids #6: Granville Island

This
island
is all about kids and the indoor market is kind of nice to walk around. Other than that, we found it disappointing. There is a small water playground where you can have some fun, especially if it is warm. In addition, there are all kinds of stores and a very small indoor playground for kids, but all that is not very much.

Free Vancouver with kids #7: Gastown

In addition, it is kind of nice to walk through the Gastown neighborhood with the famous Gastown steam clock.

Be careful not to enter the adjacent East Hastings Street as this street is where all of Vancouver’s bums are gathered. We happened to come through this street by bus and you really don’t know what you see.

If you want to read more about all the (paid) activities you can do in the city of Vancouver with your kids click
here
.

Touring Vancouver with kids
Touring Vancouver with kids

Touring Vancouver with kids

Touring Vancouver with kids

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