Triptoes Top 5: Vancouver for a Family Holiday

Triptoes Top 5: Vancouver for a Family Holiday

Vancouver is a fantastic city to visit on a family holiday and there is so much to do with kids. Easy to get around, lots of fun activities, plenty of kid-friendly excursions and lots of opportunity for outdoor fun and adventure.

It also makes a good city stay combination with a tour of Vancouver Island, Whistler and as part of a fly drive holiday including The Rockies.

Vancouver for a family holiday

Vancouver courtesy of BC Tourism


Our TripToes Top 5 things to see and do in Vancouver for a family holiday include:

Go for a forest walk in Stanley Park

Take a short bus ride from downtown or take a walk and head out to local favourite Stanley Park. Spot the famously photographed Totem Poles, take a beachside stroll, learn about the local flora and fauna on a forest walk, splash in the waterpark and look out for raccoons around Beaver Lake.

Discover the marine life of BC at Vancouver Aquarium

Stanley Park is also host to Vancouver Aquarium which houses an impressive array of water life. Learn about the local marine life at Pacific Canada exhibit and Treasures of the British Columbia Coast. The beluga whales are amazing and the interactive play zone at Clownfish Cove appeals to children 8 and under,

Cool off at Granville Island Water Park

On a hot summer’s day this water park makes a welcome break on a busy city break. Splash in the cool spray, shooting water canons and zip down the water slides. After you have cooled off, head to the Granville Island Kids Market for some retail therapy before catching a ferry back downtown.

Take a treetops adventure at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Brave the awe-inspiring suspension bridge that crosses the Capilano River but be sure to cling tightly to the handrails! Once across head to Treetops Adventure, a boardwalk that is attached to 8 old-growth Douglas Firs and rise 100 ft at the top. Visit the Living Forest and learn about the trees, bugs and animals that live in the West Coast rainforest. Join an excellent and informative naturalist tour.

Hike, take a gondola ride, wildlife spot and enjoy the views atop Grouse Mountain

Take a gondola ride up to the top of Grouse Mountain, take a picnic and enjoy the stunning views of Vancouver, the coast and mountains and look out for the resident grizzlies a top this iconic Vancouver attraction. If you happen to be visiting in Winter be sure to try out the man made skiing and snowboarding.

This is just a taster of what Vancouver offers for a family holiday. We would love to hear your top tips and favourite attractions, so please feel free to comment below.


Jo Addison

Wow! I want to go! I didn’t realise there was so much for kids to do in Vancouver – its at the top of my bucket list. Great post.


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