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Top 100: Vancouver Family Summer Bucket List 2016

Top 100: Vancouver Family Summer Bucket List 2016

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We’ve pulled together a huge list of activities to inspire your summer adventures. Pick out your favourites and get ready for a full-on summer.

Outdoor Fun

  • Grouse Mountain
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Bike the seawall
  • Fly a kite
  • Camping at Golden Ears
  • Treetop walk at UBC
  • Maan Farms U-Pick
  • Hike in Manning Park
  • Twilight Drive-in Theatre
  • Castle Fun Park Minigolf
  • Joy of Feeding at UBC Farm with Vij’s chef Meeru Dhalwala, June 25th



  • Richmond Night Market
  • River Market
  • Shipyard Night Market
  • Langley Circle Farm Tour — Premium Listing 
  • Plaza of Nations Night Market
  • Trout Lake Farmers Market
  • Westham Island Herb Farm

Vancouver Museum - 5


  • Burnaby Village Museum
  • Fort Langley
  • West Coast Heritage Railway Park
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum >> Premium Listing
  • Roedde House Museum
  • Museum of Vancouver >> Q&A with The MOV! 
  • Britannia Mine Museum
  • Vancouver Police Museum
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • West Coast Heritage Railway Park



  • Whitecap FC2 Game — Premium Listing
  • Baseball game at Nat Bailey Stadium
  • BC Lions game
  • Go fishing
  • Richmond Go-kart Track
  • Go bowling
  • Crankworx Whistler, August 12th-21st
  • Gastown Grand Prix bike race, July 13th
  • Canada Day Run & BBQ at Wesbrook Village, July 1st


Festivals & Shows

  • Theatre Under the Stars
  • Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 24th-July 3rd
  • Abbotsford Air Show — Premium Listing
  • Khatsalano Block Party on West 4th, July 9th
  • PNE, August 20th-September 2nd
  • Carousel Theatre for Young People
  • Pride Festival, July 27th-31st
  • Food Cart Festival Olympic Village, August 5th-7th
  • Celebration of Light fireworks, July 23rd, 27th & 30th
  • Pride Festival, July 29th-31st
  • Bard on the Beach
  • Greek Days in Kitsilano, July 7th-17th
  • Folk Music Festival, July 15th-17th
  • Whistler Children’s Festival — July 8th-10th
  • Ship to Shore Steveston Festival, June 30th-July 2nd
  • Loggers Sports Days in Squamish, July 28th-August 1st
  • Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park

Animals & Gardens

  • Maplewood Farm
  • Capilano Salmon Hatchery
  • Southlands Heritage Farm
  • VanDusen Gardens
  • Visit Hastings Racecourse
  • Agrifair & Fraser Rodeo
  • Hastings Park
  • Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • Bloedel Conservatory
  • Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
  • UBC Farm
  • Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre


See Also


  • Jericho Beach (check tide schedules to catch low tide)
  • Kitsilano outdoor pool
  • Granville Island Water Park
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Fountain
  • Pirate Adventures — Premium Listing
  • Rent a kayak
  • Try the slide in English Bay
  • Cultus Lake Adventure Park — Premium Listing
  • Watermania
  • Last chance to hit Splashdown!
  • Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tour
  • Scandinave Spa, Whistler – Premium Listing
  • Getaway to Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa— Premium Listing


Be a tourist in your own town

  • Tour TRIUMF subatomic physics lab
  • Sunday salsa at Robson Square
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Bowen Island Day trip (walk around Killarney Lake!)
  • Shop local on Main Street
  • Harbour cruise
  • Sea to Sky Gondola
  • BC Safari Park
  • Stanley Park Horse-drawn Tour
  • Harrison Hot Springs
  • Whistler Peak2Peak Gondola


Rainy days (or a break from the heat)

  • Take in a Family Friendly movie at Cineplex
  • Granville Island Kids Market
  • Circus Play Cafe — Premium Listing
  • FlyOver Canada
  • Science World — Premium Listing

Check out our list of Featured Summer Activities too!


Featured image credit: Harriet Fancott

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