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Vancouver, BC, Canada is a family friendly city and perfect destination for a variety of scenic and fun tours and events for everyone. In Vancouver, there are number of excellent parks and outdoor life for kids to watch and participate in.

Stanley Park

Historical and picturesque Stanley Park has everything to do for the entire family - a water park for the kids, historic First Nations totem poles, the world famous Vancouver Aquarium, a Children's Farmyard, a Miniature Train, beaches, heated Second Beach Pool, Traffic School, and Vista Point where one can view the Lions Gate Bridge at night robed in its many beautiful lights. There is also plenty of quiet and relaxing places to eat lunch inside the park. Families can enjoy quality time together as they bike or rollerblade all around the famous seawall.

Admission to Stanley Park is free, but there is a minimal fee for parking at many of the parking lots through the park. Other Stanley Park attractions, such as the Vancouver Aquarium, the Children's Farmyard, the Miniature Train, the Second Beach Pool and Traffic School, do charge admission fees.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Although technically located in North Vancouver, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is an easy 1/2 hour drive from the downtown Vancouver core. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge over Capilano Canyon and kids and parents alike will enjoy the excitment of walking across this bridge over the rushing waters below. There is a nice, flat hiking path around the bridge. For more information on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, please click here.

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

If families are looking for a free suspension bridge experience, they can simply drive over to Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver. Not only is there a suspension bridge, but there is also an Ecology Centre that houses educational displays. It is pleasant to hike in the beautiful temperate rainforests of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Lynn Canyon is accessible by public transportation. From downtown, catch the SeaBus, and connect to Bus #229. Hiking trails connect to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve where families can enjoy a gentle stroll around Rice Lake or a more challenging hike down to the Seymour River and back. The Seymour Valley Trailway offers 10km (6.2 mi) of paved pathway for cyclists, runners, stroller-pushers and in-line skaters to explore, with benches and picnic spots along the way. No dogs allowed in parts of the LSCR.

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain is in North Vancouver close to the Capilano Canyon suspension bridge. The day consists of a cable car ride to the top of the mountain that takes about 8 minutes and gives spectacular views of Vancouver and the surrounding area. The trip to the top of the mountain is about $32 CAD (including tax) for an adult and includes everything you find at the top too. There is a bear sanctuary, a bird of prey show and an amusing lumberjack show for all the family to enjoy. You can also go parascending for an extra fee. There are a couple of restaurants and the usual gift shop, etc. The view from the top of the mountain on a clear day is amazing. To get here use the SeaBus to cross Burrard Inlet, then connect to Bus #236. A day pass on the public transport system is $8 CAD for an adult and is worth the money. The SeaBus is fun for kids too.

Granville Island

Granville Island is a popular, busy and trendy outdoor market area that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It's displays Vancouver's multi-cultural roots beautifully with its shops and retaurants. Granville Island was originally a sandbar that was filled in to create an industial centre in the heart of Vancouver. For more information on Granville Island, please click here.

TELUS World of Science

A favourite with children, there are many hands-on displays that make this a very user-friendly museum. From education childrens workshops to creepy bug displays, Science World in Vancouver is a paradise playground for kids of all ages. For more information on the Telus World of Science, please click here.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Located to the south of downtown at the highest point in the City of Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park offers lovely views of the downtown skyline. Formerly used as a rock quarry, city officials decided to turn the big hole into a sunken garden. Kids would like the little waterfall and bridge in the sunken garden. Admission to Queen Elizabeth Park is free, although there is an admission charge for Bloedel Floral Conservatory, which is located in the park.

Maplewood Farm

A favourite for those visiting North Vancouver with young children & families who adore animals. Once a thriving dairy farm, the 5-acre site has since been taken over by the District of North Vancouver and opened to the public in 1975. It now houses over 200 domestic animals and birds. Watch for special events like the fall fair, sheep shearing, pony rides and Hallowe'en and Christmas displays. Located 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver near Iron Workers Memorial (Second Narrows) bridge, off Dollarton Rd.

 

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