Family Friendly Summer Activities In Vancouver

All year round, you can find family-friendly activities in Vancouver, and especially during the summer throughout the many varied neighborhoods of this cosmopolitan and beautiful city. If you are visiting with your baby, toddler or teen, the following are some activities you may want to consider.

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Splash Out In One of the City’s Water Parks

One of the most popular water parks of several found throughout the city is Granville Island Water Spray Park, and many locals will tell you summer isn’t complete without splashing around here for the day. The yellow water slide appeals to older children, while the little ones love the water spray park.

If you and your family are looking for a couple of playgrounds, a petting farm and a great place to picnic, as well as a large water spray park, head for Rainbow Playland in New Westminster. And if you want a water park that provides plenty of shade among oak and catalpa trees, take the family to Kitsilano, and another popular park, Connaught Park.

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Marvel at Beluga Whales at the Aquarium

Thousands of families enjoy the more than 50,000 creatures and animals at the Vancouver Aquarium, the largest in the country. If you are taking the kids, there are plenty of family-friendly exhibits to explore, especially during the summer months. However, must-see highlights of any visit here include a tour that takes you behind the scenes, and the many penguins playing at Penguin Point.

A Double Decker Bus Ride – a Great Way to See Vancouver

One of the best ways for families to enjoy an overview of one of Canada’s most fascinating cities and its many scenic and historical sights is by taking them in from the open top of a vintage double-decker bus. Exciting and interesting neighborhoods, attractive parks and most of the city’s famous sights and attractions can all be seen as you make your way through the city, complete with narration, and the flexibility to hop on and off as needed. There are over 20 stops throughout the city, many of them in the downtown area, and your bus ticket allows you the convenient option to travel for any two days in a two week period.

One of the first two double-decker buses from TransLink. (Photo by and courtesy of Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive) Full story TransLink announces fleet of double-decker buses for Metro Vancouver.

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Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Enjoy Nature

The Capilano Suspension Bridge can be a little unnerving going across the 230 feet high bridge for the first time, although it’s well worth the effort to enjoy some beautiful views. Most kids love this bridge which takes them to the Treetops Adventure area.

The Treetops Adventure area is a wonderful place to observe native wood carvers, wander through pristine rainforest, marvel at several different species of trees and enjoy a variety of exhibits and displays. Most kids also enjoy the various other activities offered here, which include scavenger hunts, and the chance to walk between mighty Douglas Fir trees utilizing several bridges reaching up to 90 feet in height. 

Cool Off at Kitsilano Pool

The popular beachfront community of Kitsilano is home to several of Vancouver’s attractions, although one of the most popular is the saltwater pool that’s located here. The Kitsilano pool is always popular with children and families, and it makes the ideal place to cool off on a hot summer day. One of the best things about Kitsilano, or Kits as it’s often called, is the spectacular view over the nearby mountains as well as the distinctive skyline of Vancouver. Whether you choose just to sit and relax and enjoy the scenery or comb the beach for pebbles and shells, there is always plenty to do here.