Whether you’re a local or a tourist, Vancouver has amazing scenery and beautiful attractions to offer for a cheap price. Below is a guide to 21 cheap and free attractions you can enjoy with friends and family this summer. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new!
21 Free/Cheap Attractions To See In Vancouver
Bike Around The Stanley Park Seawall
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Vancouver’s most beautiful public park. It’s a gentle path and offers a good lookout to take photos and have a picnic with family or friends. If you don’t own a bike, renting one is as cheap as $7.00/hour.
Located under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge, Granville Island is an amazing spot to check out for food, shopping and browsing markets. Granville Island markets have built a excellent reputation for homemade products, fresh produce and seafood.
Canada’s largest Chinatown! A notable event is the Chinatown Festival which runs from August 9-10 in the summer with great food tasting and talent shows. This years theme promotes healthy and athletic lifestyle with new programs and authentic Chinese food + bakeries.
Richmond Night Market
One of the most popular night events in the 604! There are always interesting and unique items available at bargain prices. Open late from Friday-Sunday, it’s a fun place to check out with family or friends and to experience diverse cultures. The admission is only $2.75 and kids 10 and under get in for free as well as seniors! You can also visit one of the many other night markets including: The International Night Market, The Surrey Night Market, or the new Downtown Vancouver Night Market.
Hike Quarry Rock
A nice hike on the North Shore in Deep Cove! The hike is not too difficult and has a beautiful and rewarding viewpoint at the top. It takes the average person about an hour and a half to complete.
Vancouver Art Gallery
The largest gallery in western Canada and home to some of the most talented artists. There are 3 current exhibitions on throughout the summer featuring art by Reena Saini Kallat, Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon, Sylvain Sailly, Herzog & de Meuron. The Art Gallery also offers great-guided tours which educate people about the artworks on display. On Tuesday night, admission is by donation!
Wreck Beach (and skinny dip if you dare)
A clothing optional beach located in Pacific Regional Park. Wreck Beach has an amazing views of the mountains and water.
Gastown has been labeled the 4th most stylish neighborhood in the world. The neighborhood offers design, food, culture and many fun experiences for locals and travelers. During the night, Gastown bars come alive and provide a hip vibe. If you’re in the mood for good ice-cream, we recommend visiting Softpeaks Ice-Cream which is Vancouver’s soft serve ice cream shop located on Alexander St. made with 100% organic milk.
Image via SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC
Check out Kits beach! Join in a volleyball game or just relax in the sun with family and friends. It’s a great beach to have BBQ’s during the summer. You can also take a dip into Kits pool, the longest saltwater pool in Canada.
Go Celebrity Spotting
photo credit: GoToVan
Lynn Canyon Park/Suspension Bridge
This is another nice viewpoint and free to experience on the North Shore. It’s a great park for taking your dog for a walk, having a picnic, sightseeing, and taking pictures.
Hike The Grouse Grind
Mother Nature’s Stairmaster, better known as The Grouse Grind! The 2.9 kilometre trail which usually takes anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours to complete will guarantee to make you break a sweat as you overcome it’s 2,830 stairs!
Enjoy A Street Festival
photo credit: Peter M Graham
Queen Elizabeth Park
A beautiful 130-acre park. There are a variety sports you can try! Such as golf, tennis and lawn bowling and disc golf, which is free for everyone! New this year is the Queen Elizabeth Park zipline.
Free Outdoor Movies
Theatre Under The Stars in Stanley Park is a fun event for all ages! Bring your close ones and enjoy the performances by many talented actors and performers in addition to films at night. Upcoming events are July 9th, 13 and 15.
photo credit: jan zeschky
Granville Island Brewery
Tour and taste! You can get 3 4oz tasters for $9.75 and enjoy the unique flavours! All beers are natural and unpasteurized, which creates a rich natural flavouring.
Farmers markets are great for finding fresh, organic and locally sourced produce. They’re also the perfect place to learn more about your local farmers, artisans and bakers, and discover how your food makes its way from the field to your kitchen. Here’s a guide to the best farmers’ markets in Vancouver.
Hang Out At Robson Plaza
In July, Robson Plaza will be shut off to all traffic and transform into a ‘Porch Parade‘. The outdoor lounge is a great place to lay back and relax with friends while mingling and making new ones.
Watch A Movie On Tuesday
Movies on Tuesdays are half price at most theatres! Here’s a guide to the best theatres in Vancouver.
Celebration Of Light Fireworks
Check out the annual fireworks celebration! The event is one of Vancouver’s largest and most popular festivals with around 1.4 million people in attendance annually. This years competing countries are China, Brazil and Canada.
With over 50,000 animals to check out from across the world, the Vancouver Aquarium is an amazing place to check out. The facility is one of the most well-known Aquariums for conserving and protecting marine creatures.
Guide by Sarah Bernstein
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