Ahhh yes, Spring Break – the rest students get when they need it most, before the school year comes to a close, and the whirlwind of assignments and exams begin! Although it may be tempting to spend this time sleeping until noon each day, and re-watching every season of Breaking Bad, this year, take the time to step outside of the house and explore your city!
To get you started, here is a list of 14 things to do in Vancouver this Spring Break:
1) Visit the Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium is always a great place to brush up on your knowledge of sea life. However the aquarium’s new exhibit, “The Vancouver Aquarium Up Close”, is only running until April 30th, making Spring Break the perfect time to go! This is your chance to take part in interactive shows, and to see how the animals are cared for, providing you with your most enriching aquarium visit yet.
2) Travel Across the Nation at FlyOver Canada
Ok, so maybe your family isn’t going on a road trip across Canada, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the sights and sounds of other parts of the country! Plus, from March 17th-28th the children and youth tickets will be 25%, making this the most affordable (and fun) flight across the country you’ll be able to find!
3) Explore Lynn Canyon
With various bridges, including a suspension bridge, the two Twin Falls waterfalls, and the Baden Powell Trail, the adventures to be had in Lynn Canyon are endless! Just don’t forget to bring a camera along, as the views are astonishing!
4) Visit Science World
Spending a day at Science World is never enough, as there is always so much to see and do. However, to make sure everyone is indeed entertained, Science World will be offering additional, special programs for Spring Break until March 30th! This includes the “Make and Takes: Speed, Sail & Soar” program, where you can put your science skills to the test and make your own vehicle – be it a paper plane, a machine that sails through the air, or a balloon-powered vehicle.
5) Go swimming
It may not be quite warm enough for outdoor pools, but Vancouver still has 9 indoor aquatic centers to keep you busy. Some even offer Spring Break day camps for younger children so the little ones can learn how to swim.
6) Ride Around English Bay
Spring means warmer and longer days, and c’mon, what’s more refreshing than a bike ride around English Bay?! Of course, you can always bring your own bike, but if you are heading out with a friend, try pedaling together on a tandem bike!
To book a bike, and for pricing, head to English Bay Bike Rentals: http://www.englishbaybikerentals.com/
7) Ride the Seabus to North Vancouver
If you aren’t from North Vancouver, you may not have any reason to ride the seabus, however the trip across the Vancouver Harbour from Waterfront Station, is a perfect start to a North Vancouver outing this Spring Break! Once you dock, head over to Waterfront Park, and take in downtown Vancouver from a different angle. If the weather is right, this could even potentially be the perfect Spring picnic location.
8) Get in Touch with Your Artsy Side
From March 17th-28th, the Vancouver Art Gallery is running “Weekly Family Programs,” from 12pm-4pm. Not only can you take a look around the art gallery, but when you’re done, you can create some art of your own!
If you are looking for even more ways to express yourself through art this Spring Break, children ages 3-19, can enroll in Arts Umbrella’s Spring Break programs. Classes take place in both Surrey and right on Granville Island. For more information visit,
9) Walk or Train Around Stanley Park
A walk through scenic Stanley Park is simply lovely on a Spring day. If you are headed out be sure to visit the infamous hollow tree, and keep a look out for the raccoons that frequent the park! After a stroll through the area, hop aboard the Stanley Park Easter Train, participate in an Easter egg hunt, and more. The train operates Monday-Thursday from 10:30am-4:30pm, and Friday-Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm.
10) Go Fishing!
While other outdoor water-related activities aren’t quite up and running in time for March break, spending your time on a lake (or pier), this Spring Break, may just be the way to go! Both Sanctuary Pond in Hastings Park, and Rice Lake in North Vancouver welcome anglers, but be sure to check up on the latest fishing regulations before you go. Spring happens to be one of the best times to fish in these two areas, so you may come home with a catch!
11) Drop by Playdome at BC Place
Western Canada’s largest indoor carnival with more than 45 rides and attractions is back at BC Place for spring break and is now better value than ever!
12) Hit the slopes at the Grouse Mountains Spring Break Camps
With a winter wonderland ready for exploring the spring break camps are nothing short of magic. Be ready to try your hand at building a snow village, gain wisdom in winter survival, snowshoe, ice skate and meet Cleo, the resident Barn Owl.
13) Ride along the UBC Bike Rave
The BikeRave is back. Join us for the second annual party on wheels – come decked out in your craziest outfit, bring your flashiest lights, and bedazzle your bike with glow sticks. We will be biking around campus for two hours, jamming to some sick tunes on wheels and stoping at iconic spots to rave.
14. Grab grub from a Vancouver food truck
Admit it, you’ve been craving lunch from a local food truck or have heard of one that serves something you really like. Why not switch up the regular restaurant/fast food drops ins with something different?
Written by: Kerri J.