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The Top 9 Free Things To Do In Vancouver

January 22nd, 2018, Posted by travelwith2ofus

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There are always many free things to do when visiting cities around the world. Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada is no different. In fact, one of its many perks is the availability of free things that you can enjoy throughout the year. You do not have to spend money to visit some of the best parts of Vancouver.

Whether it is cultural experiences or hikes with stunning views, this city has got it all for free. Check out these free, fun and exciting things to do in Vancouver Canada.

Tour Guys Free Tours

These Vancouver based tour guides have won numerous awards for being Canada's best walking tour company. The company prides itself on its young guides who are extremely experienced and knowledgeable about the different places to visit in Vancouver. The guides promise a unique and exciting walking tour experience along with an incredibly detailed background to the history of the city, buildings, sites, and the neighborhoods that you will visit, all for free.

Vancouver skyline with a view of Science World. You just can't miss the geodesic dome building.
Science World, Vancouver, Canada

Cleveland Dam

Built in 1954, Cleveland Dam is an impressive 300-foot tall dam that spreads out 640-feet across a canyon. Visitors are allowed to walk across the dam.

The Cleveland Dam has many great trails that offer picturesque views of the canyon, mountains like the famed twin-peaked lions and the Capilano Lake.

The best time to visit the Cleveland Dam is in the spring season when there are still traces of snow on the mountain peaks and tons of water flowing gracefully over the dam. During Autumn, you will get to witness the salmon breeding at the hatchery.

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Fairmont Pacific Rim

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Centrally located in Vancouver. Approximately one minute walk to Vancouver Convention Centre and 18 minutes walk to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

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Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Downtown Vancouver. It will take you about 27 minutes walking to get to the Granville Island Public Market, while it takes about 33 minutes walking to get to the Vancouver Aquarium.

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Queen Elizabeth Park

From the famous dancing fountains to the lawn bowling, Queen Elizabeth Park is not short of fun and exciting things to see and do. This 130-acre park is located at Cambie Street and West 33rd Avenue.


Guests can explore the park's fountains, 3,000 native and exotic trees, a meticulously manicured quarry garden, or watch a variety of sporting events like lawn bowling, tennis, roller hockey and basketball. You can also visit the fauna conservatory that is home to more than 500 tropical plants, 200 free flying exotic birds, and three different climate zones.

A view of part of the Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, Canada.
Queen Elizabeth Park Vancouver, Canada

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge and Park

This is one of Vancouver's most popular and exciting places to visit. Set in a majestic and plush rainforest, in the heart of North Vancouver, Lynn Canyon suspension bridge and park is packed with an ecology center, natural swimming pools, hiking trails, and a suspension bridge.

This park is a local favorite and has been open to the public since 1912. The natural beauty of this park is simply stunning. Although the ideal time to visit is during the summer months, you can also explore it throughout spring and fall.

Make sure to plan your route accordingly, as different trails vary in difficulty with some being more challenging than others. If you are feeling brave, walk across the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge for some unbeatable views.

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Lighthouse Park

The rugged lighthouse park located West of Vancouver's Marine Drive boasts of the biggest uncut rainforest in Vancouver's Lower Mainland. This park is known for having the last standing Douglas Fir Tree forest. It features several trails that lead to stunning views, tidal pools and a host of activities for all ages.

If you are keen on visiting the lighthouse viewpoint, be sure to wear your hiking boots as the trail is quite steep. You can also visit the picturesque location at the Starboat located 15 minutes' walk east of the lighthouse. It also offers an excellent area for enjoying dense vegetation, 6-miles scenic walking trails, and crashing waves.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery is the fifth largest gallery in Canada. It boasts of rotating exhibitions and a permanent collection of over 9,100 items. Art aficionados will be impressed by the major artworks created by renowned Canadian, Indigenous and internationally acclaimed artists like Mark Chagall, Emily Carr and the Group of Seven.

The Vancouver art gallery provides the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon, sipping on a glass of wine, or tea, grabbing a bite or listening to the classical music that surrounds the umbrella scattered patio. VAG hosts two to three large international exhibitions every year, and 10 to 12 exhibits of its own every year.

Vancouver Convention Centre

While you will not hear a lot of people brag about touring a convention facility, the Vancouver Convention Centre offers a totally different experience. The Vancouver Convention Centre is one of the greenest, most spectacular convention and exhibition buildings in the world. It is also one of Vancouver's most notable and photographed landmarks. It boasts of the city's biggest and most architecturally striking designs.

Although this convention is usually closed to the public due to the many private events hosted here, you can schedule regular guided public tours to learn more about the art exhibits, the rooftop beehives, the massive green roof, the timber used to build its interior and other green features.

Granville Island

Granville Island is one of the most popular places in Vancouver. It draws more than 10.5 million people every year as it boasts of a vast array of music, superb fresh food, vibrant entertainment, and exciting attractions. It retains that old-fashioned, timeless feeling, despite being home to more than 300 businesses, facilities, and studios.

You do not have to spend money to enjoy the beauty of this island. It offers a different kind of reality that is a mix of charm, magic, and timelessness. The island is sure to leave you with memories that you will hold on to for a lifetime.

Granville Island Water Park

The Granville Island Water Park is the largest free recreational water park in Canada and the whole of North America. It is located at the False Creek Community Centre and selected areas are specially designated for children of all ages. It also has an exclusive market just for kids. The Granville Island's Water Park has two water slides, gushing geysers, fountains, and sprays that are loads of fun for children.

View of Ganville Island, Vancouver.
Ganville Island, Vancouver

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