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Bears, Whales and Outer Space: Family Tips for Vancouver

Bird view of Vancouver

With an unparalleled location between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver’s surroundings offer breath-taking nature and stunning wildlife. But there is also a wide variety of exciting museums and cultural hotspots for the whole family within the city. We will show you where you can learn about the importance of mine construction in the city’s history, discover mighty whales in the sea and stroll through interesting artists’ art studios.

Kids enjoying time in museum
Girl at Mine Museum

The Might of the Mountains

In picturesque Britannia Beach, about a 40-minute drive north of Vancouver, is the award-winning Britannia Mine Museum. Located on the site of a former copper mine, the museum offers an exciting insight into the world of mining. A highlight is the guided tour by mine train in the historic mine tunnels, where you can experience the everyday life and skills of the brave miners up close. Workshops and demonstrations for the whole family are offered all year round, which not only highlight the technical developments but also the social aspects of mining.

Kids enjoying their time in Granville Island
Girls enjoying their time

Culture and Fun for Children

Granville Island is one of Vancouver’s most culturally important districts and a vibrant, colourful neighbourhood. Located on the small peninsula below the southern end of Granville Street Bridge, you’ll find various theatres, artisan workshops and studios. At the heart is the large market with a selection of delicacies and handmade products. For children, there is a kids’ market, a colourful building with a play area, children’s hair salon and shops with unusual toys. Granville Island offers a magnificent view of the Vancouver skyline, the harbour and surrounding mountains.

Woman feeding seal

Wonderful World of Water: Vancouver Aquarium

Explore the wonders of our oceans at Vancouver Aquarium. Since its opening in 1956, thousands of fascinating marine species and creatures have been at home here. The aquarium also includes the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, one of the world’s largest hospitals for sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals. For more than 60 years, the centre has rescued and rehabilitated marine mammals that have been stranded so they can be returned later to their natural habitat. Not only is the visit a great pleasure for children and adults, it is also moving and very educational.

Space Centre
Space Centre from outside

High up: the MacMillan Space Centre

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre takes you on a fascinating journey through the universe and the history of space exploration. In the futuristic building, which is not coincidentally reminiscent of a UFO, you can learn about gravity, climate change, black holes and the latest scientific discoveries. Planetarium shows in a domed hall are a highlight: impressive visual effects immerse the astonished audience in distant galaxies and the infinite expanses of space.

Suspension Bridge

Rustling in the Rainforest: Capilano Suspension Bride Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is just a quarter-hour’s drive from Vancouver city centre. Between the green treetops of the Canadian rainforest, there are bridges and paths stretching at dizzying heights that connect seamlessly with the surrounding nature. From there you can enjoy the view of the roaring rivers and the expanse of Capilano Canyon. The undisputed main attraction of the town is the famous Capilano suspension bridge that extends over 140 metres and spans the Capilano River. 

Science world
Man with baby girl

Small and Large Researchers: Science World

On the banks of False Creek Bay lies a huge dome. The Science World is the centre for world changers and all those interested in the STEAM world (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Mathematics) and their interconnections. The whole family can learn something about the world of science in a playful way in interactive exhibitions and galleries, and even experiment at various stations. For smaller children up to 5 years of age, there is a special “Wonder Gallery” that also offers the youngest scientists a safe and inspiring space for exploration. 


A Place in the Country: Maplewood Farm

Maplewood Farm is a fun country area for all ages in the north of Vancouver. The XXL farm nestles in the waterfront area of the Seymour River, just a 20-minute drive from Vancouver city centre. Here you can feed rabbits and hens, watch pigs wallowing and enjoy pony rides at the weekend. If you need a break from urban life and want to find out something about the – not sooo quiet – life on the farm, this is the place for you. 

Orcas at whale tour
Whale tour

The Wonder of Whales

The Prince of Whales Tour is an ecologically sustainable opportunity to experience the amazing diversity of British Columbia’s sea creatures. You can watch orcas, hump back whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins and elephant seals in their natural surroundings from the boat. Nature conservation is the main focus of the tours: there is no pursuit of wild whales. You and your children can instead gain valuable insights into the biology and behaviour of whales, learn more about marine conservation and explore Vancouver’s historic importance as a port city.

Cable car

Visit to the Bears: Grouse Mountain

Known as the Peak of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is one of the best viewing points in the city. Head up on the Red Skyride cable car that offers fantastic views of British Columbia’s natural scenery. There is a wide selection of outdoor adventures all year round on the mountain: zip-lining, paragliding, bird and lumberjack shows and huge tree-house landscapes. Residents also include two local grizzly bears Coola and Grinder, who live here in a rescue centre for endangered wild animals. 

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