Bordered by striking mountains and the smooth waters of English Bay, Vancouver is British Columbia’s most diverse city and home myriad kid-friendly things to do. Thanks to its mild climate, this seaport city offers travellers of all ages a special experience, no matter what time of year you visit. Make the most of the city’s offerings with activities sure to captivate the whole family.
A worry-free stay
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is an ideal base for family vacations and getaways. The Concierge is available to make dinner reservations, offer suggestions for exciting outings or help arrange a babysitter. The Hotel also has a kids’ Concierge, offering a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, and special touches such as children’s amenities, menus and even a PlayZone stacked with the latest Wii and PlayStation games.
More fun can be had during the Kids in the City program. Held during school vacation times, this complimentary camp features a scavenger hunt, pizza making, hat designing and more fun-filled things to do.
Vancouver history and culture
Time travel at the Museum of Vancouver, where thematic exhibitions and historical artefacts illuminate the city’s past. Kids will love the hands-on exhibits, storytelling sessions and workshops. Young aspiring astronauts and astronomers will enjoy the interactive H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, and the Maritime Museum – built around the historic St Roch ship – promises uncharted adventure for all ages. If you’re visiting in July, don’t miss the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in Jericho Beach Park, a seaside scene of face painting, kid-friendly musical programmes and international musicians.
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If you are looking for a thrill, try the Capilano Suspension Bridge or the gondola ride up to Grouse Mountain. Take a trip up the mountain for stunning views, ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and mountain zip lines at all hours of the day and night.
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Take a lovely walk or a short taxi ride to Granville Island. With its casual food kiosks, diverse array of produce, meats, seafood and baked goods plus the Kid’s Market make it an ideal family destination. Let the kids play for an hour or two at the indoor playground or bring home a special toy as a souvenir.