Vancouver Family Vacation Ideas

Looking for Vancouver Family Vacation Ideas. Vancouver is well known as a vacation destination and often fronts lists for the best spot in Canada for a vacation - Vancouver was number one on the TripAdvisor 2013 list for example. 

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But what about for families? Does the intensely Urban enviroment of the biggest city in BC and the Pacific Northwest detract from the joys of a family vacation.

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Local Parents and Kids Groups and Activities in Vancouver

Train rides, kids theater, a, kids artists entertainers, kids workshops and more. While on vacation in Vancouver you can always sync into what local kids are doing Kids Vancouver.

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 Find out what is happening daily for children during your stay and close to where you are staying. Some of the activities are even good enough to plan your stay around. 


Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a leisure and adventure location that you may like to compare and contrast to New York's Central Park, but with miles of shoreline to explore. Packed with enough activities to keep your average family interested and engaged for a full day.

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  • Home to the aquarium.
  • Ride a miniature train, go for a swim and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
  • Ensure that you also catch some of the monuments and First Nations Totems. 
  • Some of the most popular family beaches in Vancouver are also situated withing the park.

See more on the entertaining family activities available in Stanely Park


Grouse Mountain

You will need a guide to show you all the attractions to Grouse Mountain as well. Grouse mountain is one of about three mountains you can say are in easy reach of the city. Popular with the locals and tourists alike it really is a destination in it's own right. 

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Most prefer to take the Skiride to the top and then hike to the best vantage points and attractions. Activities can range from heli tours, simply enjoying the view, paragliding, mountain disc golf, ziplines, visiting the wildlife refuge to view the bears. One unique attraction is a glass viewing platform that has been set up at the top of find farm turbine.

The video below is from  Grouse Mountain Ziplining


The Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is one of the largest and host more than 50 000 creatures. Located in the middle of Stanley Park and reasonably easy to get to from most accommodations. 

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The aquarium is generally open from 10am to 5pm and encourages visitors to arrive before 11 to avoid the busy periods. You can also buy your tickets online if you like.

Find out more about the Vancouver Aquarium


TELUS World of Science park

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Regularly updated interactive, participatory exhibits designed to get children exploring their environment and discovering from a perspective of fascination and imagination. Also huge OMNIMAX films. Visit TELUS World of Science


Granville Island for Kids

The main attractions of Granville Island for Kids are the kid's markets which features non -cheesy quality kids wares, and  the water park. The water park is the largest free water park in North america.  Take a mini ferry over to complete your adventure.  You will marvel that this area was once an industrial wasteland. 

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Maplewood Farm - North Vancouver

Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver is one of one of the last remaining farms in an area that has now been developed. A quaint family attraction that has hundreds of animals.


And Nearby Vancouver

Vancouver has scores of day trips and nearby attractions many of which feature trips out to explore the beautiful natural surrounds of the Pacific Northwest coastline including the whales and marine life, beaches and mountains.

Perhaps the two other locations you should seriously consider if you are visiting Vancouver with your family are Whistler and Victoria, Canada.

More family adventure ideas in British Columbia.


Family Vacation Deals

 The video below will help you see how to find the top family friendly accommodation options anywhere.

We recommend always to check reviews on TripAdvisor (use this link) before booking any travel deals. 

  • Accorhotels -  50% off second room for kids.
  • All Inclusive-  The top family all inclusive discounts
  • Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas -  Save up to 40%
  • Beaches Luxury Family Resorts-  65% off, free scuba and more.
  • CheapAir.com -  Cheap Airfares 
  • CheapOstay.com - Clearance Last Minute Inventory
  • Cheap Caribbean - Great family packaged deals by this network are available all over the Caribbean. Including up to 65% off.
  • Cruisedirect - Up to 80% OFF. .
  • Expedia - Discounted Family Vacation packages and last minute deals.
  • First Choice - Amazing all inclusive family holiday specialist in Europe.
  • FlipKey - Family Vacation Rentals in  1200 locations
  • Intrepid Family Adventure - Find Family adventures with 1600 itineraries.
  • G Family Adventures -Big clearance on last minute family itineraries worldwide.
  • Groupon - Time for a Family Trip!
  • Holiday Inn  - Kids Stay and Eat for Free
  • HomeExchange - We are into the sharing economy in a big way and this site makes it easy.
  • HomeForExchange - Another great family home exchange with 13,000 listings in 80+ countries
  • Motel 6 - Pet Friendly and budget offers. With kids stay free and rooms from $39 road trips are now affordable.
  • Priceline - Save with bidding and Package Offers of up to $500 off
  • TripAdvisor - Allows you to search by family friendly option. Go to place to read reviews. Also one of the best places to find vacation rentals.

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