50 Free Things To Do In Vancouver

Last Updated on February 1, 2023

There’s never a shortage of things to do in Vancouver, and if you’re looking for something free, you’re in luck! This list of 50 free activities will keep you busy all year round. From exploring Stanley Park to checking out the local museums, there is something for everyone.

We were both born and raised in the Vancouver area, so we have spent years exploring every nook and cranny of Vancouver when we are home. The adventures are endless. But, it is true — living in Vancouver is EXPENSIVE. That said, having some free or almost free adventures always helps.

So get out and explore everything that Vancouver has to offer – without spending a penny (obviously except for some transportation costs)!

Whether you are a local or a tourist on a budget, here are 50 ideas to help you get to know Vancouver for free or nearly free:

50 Free Things To Do In Vancouver

Visit Stanley Park  

Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s most popular tourist destinations. And it’s no wonder why! Situated on the edge of downtown, the park offers stunning views of the coastline, along with a range of amenities including walking and biking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, lush gardens, and towering forests.

Stanley Park, a stunning 1,001-acre lush green haven set amidst the city’s urban scenery, boasts Vancouver’s famed seawall on its outskirts.

The park also contains a number of historical sites, including the famous Lion’s Gate Bridge and Brockton Point Lighthouse, as well as the Brockton Point totem poles.

In fact, Stanley Park is considered to be the finest park in Canada. Even more amazing, TripAdvisor declared it to be the best park in the world. This title isn’t just a compliment; it’s based on millions of comments submitted to their travel community on their website.

With so much to see and do, Stanley Park is a must-visit for anyone visiting or exploring Vancouver!

Visit Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park is a stunning representation of British Columbia’s coastal rainforest, with its towering trees, deep woods, rocky coast, and magnificent ocean vistas. Some of the biggest Douglas Fir trees in Greater Vancouver can be found at Lighthouse Park. Choose from a range of pathways that pass through ancient Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir Trees.

Since 1874, the 75-hectare (185-acre) seaside park in West Vancouver has housed a lighthouse. The current building dates from 1912.

The breathtakingly preserved lighthouse that gives the park its name offers stunning photo possibilities, and the 10-kilometer network of hiking routes will keep you trekking for an afternoon.

The lighthouse and light station grounds at Point Atkinson are a national historic site, as well as one of the most photographed and recognized landmarks in the Lower Mainland.

Visit Sasamat Lake

Sasamat Lake is a beautiful spot for a picnic, a swim, or just to relax and take in the scenery. The lake is surrounded by forests, making it a great place to explore nature. The hike around the lake is incredibly beautiful, especially on a sunny day, and features a floating bridge across the lake.

Explore Vancouver’s Chinatown

Vancouver’s Chinatown is one of the largest in North America, and it’s a great place to experience Chinese culture. The neighborhood is filled with traditional shops and restaurants, and the streets are lined with colorful lanterns. The yearly Chinese New Year celebration is a particularly popular event, drawing visitors from all over the world.

Chinatown is also home to several important historical sites, including the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Sam Kee Building, the “narrowest commercial building in the world” according to the Guinness Book of Records.

To explore Vancouver’s history, Chinatown is definitely worth a visit.

Pork buns from New Town Bakery & Restaurant are a must-try if you are okay with spending a few dollars on food during your adventure.

Spend An Afternoon At Granville Island

Granville Island is one of Vancouver’s most popular tourist destinations, and it’s easy to see why. The island is home to a vibrant public market, as well as a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries. Visitors can spend hours exploring the market, which offers everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. Granville Island is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors. The island is surrounded by water, and there are plenty of places to sit and relax or take a stroll.

Visit The Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver is home to a vibrant arts scene, and the Vancouver Art Gallery is one of the best places to experience it. The Gallery offers a wide range of exhibitions, featuring both local and international artists. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of educational programs, including lectures, workshops, and tours. Whether you’re an art lover or just looking for something new to do, a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery is sure to be an enriching experience.

It’s not entirely free at the Vancouver Art Gallery, but you may go there for free on Tuesdays! The art gallery charges a donation entrance fee on Tuesdays, so give what you can.

Visit any other time and adult admission is $29 CAD for an adult.

Explore Commercial Drive

If you’re looking for a unique and vibrant neighborhood in Vancouver, be sure to check out Commercial Drive. Also known as “The Drive”, this neighborhood is home to a diverse community of artists, musicians, and small businesses. You’ll find everything from ethnic restaurants and independent coffee shops to vintage clothing stores and live music venues. And with the eclectic mix of people, there’s always something new and exciting happening on The Drive. Even if you are looking to just soak up the atmosphere, Commercial Drive is definitely worth a visit.

Whytecliff Park

The Whytecliff Lookout offers outstanding views of the city, as well as spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The park contains a variety of natural beauty, including towering sea cliffs and roaring waves, lush vegetation, and meandering pathways. You’re surely going to discover what makes Whytecliff Park a favorite destination in all of Vancouver.

At low tide, follow the exposed rocky path to Whyte Islet. Make sure you are aware of high tide time and keep an eye on the tide and water level. There have been several stories of people getting stuck out there, and it is not fun trying to get back.

The popularity of Whytecliff Park for scuba diving is well-known. On every visit (at least we have), you’re likely to see people diving. The waters around Whytecliffe Park became Canada’s first Salt Water Marine Park Protected Area in 1993. Divers may encounter harbor seals, sea pens, lingcod, nudibranchs, sea cucumbers, and even octopus in the park. The park is home to over 200 different species of marine life!

On weekends, especially in the summer, parking is difficult to find. Arrive early or risk waiting a while for a parking spot.

Cypress Mountain Lookout

A spectacular panorama of Vancouver may be observed from the Cypress Mountain Lookout vantage point. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Vancouver Island and beyond into Washington state.

The lookout point is also a fantastic spot to watch the sunset. The city lights come alive as the sun sinks below the horizon, creating a breathtaking nighttime view.

It’s only a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, but the position offers an outstanding perspective. Due to the limited parking lot, arrive early for sunset.

Porteau Cove

Porteau Cove, a tiny Provincial Park on the most southerly fjord in North America, is located along a beautiful stretch of beachfront. The views over Howe Sound and to the mountains beyond are breathtaking. It’s a favorite site for camping, with campsites going fast once they’re opened.

An old ship has been sunk to provide interest for scuba diving and attract marine life, as well as create a series of artificial reefs.

The old ferry terminal in Porteau Cove has been transformed into a pedestrian pier, which is the main attraction. One of the best views along the entire Sea to Sky Highway is available from the pier.

Walk The Iona Jetty

Iona Regional Park is located near Richmond International Airport, with a 4 km long jetty. This is an excellent location for a out and back up to 8 kilometers (5 miles), with panoramic views of the sea all around.

On a clear day, you will have a view of North Vancouver’s downtown and the mountains, as well as Pacific Spirit Regional Park and Wreck Beach.

There’s a higher level of gravel surface above a paved edge, and a lower level, also made of gravel. It’s entirely flat.

There are a few sheltered rest stops along the route, as well as facilities at the trailhead and at the end of the pier. There is plenty of parking available.

The Iona Jetty is also one of our favorite places to go Plane Spotting Near Vancouver International Airport.

Buntzen Lake Loop Trail

Buntzen Lake

Buntzen Lake is a beautiful spot located just outside of Vancouver. The lake is surrounded by towering evergreens and offers stunning views of the mountains. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy, such as swimming, hiking, and picnicking.

Granville Street

The Granville Street Entertainment District in Vancouver is a busy and vibrant area, full of shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs. It is a great place to go for a night out on the town, or just to browse during the day. The district spans several blocks, and there’s always something going on, no matter what time of day or night it is. There are also tons of festivals and events held in the area throughout the year, so there’s always something new to see and do. Whether you’re looking for a lively nightlife scene or just want to explore some of Vancouver’s vibe, the Granville Street Entertainment District is definitely worth checking out.

Grouse Mountain And The Grouse Grind

Anyone who’s been to Vancouver has probably heard of Grouse Mountain – it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. And for good reason – the views from the top are incredible! But what many people don’t know is that Grouse Mountain is also home to the Grouse Grind, a 2.9 km hike up the mountain that’s become something of a local legend. The Grind is not for the faint of heart – it’s a steep and challenging hike that takes most people about an hour and a half to complete. But those who do make it to the top are rewarded with stunning views of Vancouver, and a sense of accomplishment that comes from knowing they’ve conquered one of Vancouver’s toughest trails. So if you’re looking for a little adventure on your next trip to Vancouver, be sure to check out the Grouse Grind!

You cannot hike down the Grouse Grind but can take the BCMC trail back down to your parked vehicle.

Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby Village Museum is a popular tourist destination in British Columbia. The museum is located in a historic village that has been restored to look like it did in the early 1900s. Visitors can explore the buildings and learn about the history of the village.  Burnaby Village Museum is a great place to learn about Canadian history and have a fun day out.

You might not be able to resist taking a ride on the restored 1912 C.W. Parker Carousel, for $2.65 per person, per ride.

Cypress Provincial Park

Cypress Provincial Park offers a number of free hiking and snowshoe routes depending on the time of year (if you have your own snowshoes). One exception to this is the Lights to the Lodge snowshoe excursion in Winter, which you must buy a pass for, but is completely magical.

The top of the mountain is breathtaking, and on a clear day, you can see all the way to the city.

Stargaze At Gordon Southam Observatory

Looking up at the stars is an age-old tradition that has inspired wonder and curiosity in people of all ages. Now, thanks to the Gordon Southam Observatory, stargazing is more accessible than ever.

Located in Vancouver, the Observatory is open to the public on select days – and best of all, admission is by donation.

Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or just looking to spend a romantic night under the stars, the Gordon Southam Observatory is the perfect place to enjoy a clear summer night. So come on up and enjoy the view!

With a huge dome ceiling that usually opens up during observations, it’s difficult to miss. There is personnel on hand to assist you in looking through the telescopes and learning how their computer-aided star tracking system works. The main telescope is a Cassegrain reflector located in the middle of the observation chamber.

Plane Spotting

Plane spotting sounds like a pretty boring hobby, but it’s actually really fun. And dreamy. It’s a great way to while away an afternoon, especially if you love to travel.

It’s really relaxing to sit in the sun and watch the planes take off and land. And it’s also fascinating to see all the different types of planes. The kids especially get excited when I see a new plane that we have never seen before.

Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day near the Vancouver airport watching the planes. Plane spotting has given us so many fond memories and has definitely influenced our love of travel.

If you’re looking for a new hobby, give plane spotting a try. You might just find yourself dreaming of far-flung destinations.

Read our post about the best places to go Plane Spotting Near Vancouver International Airport.

Check Out Wreck Beach

Wreck Beach is on the outskirts of Vancouver and near the University of British Columbia in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. It’s where Vancouverites can go if they want to sunbathe without clothes.

Wreck Beach isn’t for everyone. However, it’s a lovely beach and you don’t have to fully undress if you do not want to; just be respectful of those around you.

Watch The Street Performers

While walking through the city, be sure to take some time to watch the street performers. From jugglers to magicians, these talented artists provide a unique form of entertainment that is sure to delight. What’s more, they often provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. So take a break from sightseeing and enjoy the show! You’ll be glad you did.

If you enjoyed their performance, be sure to give them a small token of your appreciation.

Golden Ears Provincial Park

Golden Ears Provincial Park is a day trip destination in Maple Ridge, about an hour’s drive from Vancouver. This enormous park has hiking paths for every ability, popular Alouette Lake, and Gold Creek Falls. It’s the ideal location to get out of the city and relax in nature.

If you’re looking for something specific, Golden Ears Provincial Park will surely have it.

If you visit during the peak summer months, you’ll need to get a day pass from the BCParks website.

Visit Lynn Canyon

The Lynn Canyon Park was originally opened to the public in 1912 and has been a popular tourist attraction and local resident destination ever since. Lynn Canyon Park has a suspension bridge that swings 50 meters above the canyon and was constructed privately in 1912 when the park first opened.

It is easy to spend a day in North Vancouver’s Lynn Canyon Park. There are several gorgeous hiking routes that are suitable for all levels of hikers. There is a lot to do on a leisurely stroll, but keep in mind that you could encounter a lot of steps ahead!

Lynn Canyon Park has expanded from 12 to 617 acres over the years. The park contains a second-growth forest with the majority of the trees being at least 80 years old.

The park is also a great location for a picnic or a refreshing dip in a swimming hole.

Watch The Sunset

If you’re looking for a breathtaking sunset, Vancouver is the place to be. There’s nothing quite like watching the sun dip below the horizon, painting the sky in a spectrum of oranges, pinks, and purples. And with Vancouver’s varied landscape, you can find the perfect spot to watch the sunset no matter what your preference. For city views, head to one of Vancouver’s many rooftop bars or restaurants. Or, for a more natural setting, take a short drive out of the city to one of the area’s many parks or beaches. No matter where you choose to watch the sunset, you’re sure to be amazed by Vancouver’s natural beauty.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vancouver. Situated on top of a hill in the heart of the city, the park offers stunning views of downtown Vancouver and the surrounding mountains.

The park is Vancouver’s horticultural jewel and is a major draw for floral display enthusiasts and view-seekers.

Farmers Markets

Exploring farmer’s markets is a great activity for anyone who loves fresh food and enjoys supporting local businesses. Farmers’ markets typically take place outdoors, making them a perfect activity for a sunny day. Most markets will feature a variety of vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to honey and baked goods. Strolling through the market, you will have the chance to chat with farmers and learn about the different products they have to offer. And of course, you’ll also have the opportunity to sample some delicious food!

Best of all, farmers’ markets are typically free to enter, making them a great option for budget-conscious explorers. So next time you’re looking for something fun to do, consider checking out a farmers market. You’re sure to find plenty of delicious surprises!

Olympic Cauldron At Jack Poole Plaza

The cauldron from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games still stands today in Jack Poole Plaza. The cauldron was lit during the opening ceremony of the Games on February 12th and burned for the duration of the seventeen days of competition. After the Games, the cauldron was relocated to its current home in Jack Poole Plaza, where it now stands as a permanent reminder of Vancouver’s proud Olympic heritage.

The cauldron is 33 feet tall and is made up of bronze panels, each representing one of the Canadian provinces and territories. The panels are interactive, and when they are touched, they illuminate to reveal images and words associated with the province or territory represented. The cauldron is also surrounded by a bench, which allows visitors to sit and enjoy the stunning views of Vancouver Harbour.

Free Walking Tour Of Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver is a beautiful city with plenty to see and do. If you’re looking for a great way to explore downtown Vancouver, why not take a free walking tour? This is a great way to see some of the city’s most popular sights. Plus, you’ll learn about the city’s history and culture from your knowledgeable tour guide. And since the tour is free, there’s no need to worry about breaking the bank.

However, if you enjoy your tour, always remember to tip!

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) is a world-renowned teaching museum dedicated to Holocaust-based anti-racism education. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Jewish community, the VHEC is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible space for all members of the community to learn about the Holocaust and its lessons for today. The VHEC’s exhibitions and programs are designed to challenge assumptions, provoke thought, and inspire action. Through its work, the VHEC strives to create a more just and equitable world for all.

Admission to the VHEC is free, and the Centre is open to the public from Monday to Friday. Visitors can also take part in a variety of educational programs offered by the VHEC, including guided tours, workshops, and talks.

Explore Historic Gastown

Vancouver’s historic Gastown district is a great place to explore on foot. Start at the iconic Steam Clock, then wander down winding cobblestone streets lined with boutique shops and restaurants. Be sure to pop into one of the neighborhood’s many art galleries, and don’t forget to take a picture in front of the Vancouver House – one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city.

Canada Place

When you’re in Vancouver, be sure to check out Canada Place. It’s a great spot to wander and take in the sights. You can watch the ships come in and out of the harbor, and there’s always something going on at the convention center.

Horse Racing At Hastings Racecourse

For over a century, horse racing has been a popular pastime in Vancouver. And for just as long, Hastings Racecourse has been the city’s premier destination for live thoroughbred racing. Situated on the shores of Burrard Inlet, the track offers stunning views of the downtown skyline and the North Shore mountains.

On a clear day, you can even see all the way to Stanley Park. The season runs from April to October, and there are typically around 60 live race days per year. If you are looking for a fun day out with friends or family, Hastings Racecourse is the perfect place to enjoy some exciting live racing action.

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

There are over 117 kilometers of forest trails at Pacific Spirit Regional Park, with numerous paths to explore. The Huckleberry, Hemlock, Salish, and Imperial Loop is 9.3 kilometers in length and is a fun walk with the family. Another easy one is the Top Trail to Nature Trail to Salish Trail to Sasamat trip (6.8km).

Look at the map and plan your route for Pacific Spirit Regional Park. There’s a path for everyone in the park, some steeper and more difficult than others. These are also frequently multi-use paths with the potential of being off-leash dog routes as well. All trails are clearly signposted. It’s a tranquil haven.

Browse The Shelves At The Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver’s public library is a treasure trove of knowledge, offering something for everyone. The collection of books is vast and varied, with everything from bestsellers to rare volumes. In addition to print books, the library also offers a wide selection of eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines. The knowledgeable staff is always on hand to offer recommendations or help with research. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, the library’s interlibrary loan system can help you track down the perfect book. Whether you’re looking for entertainment, education, or simply a quiet place to read, the Vancouver Public Library is sure to have something for you.

Visit One Of Vancouver’s Many Independent Bookstores

Vancouver is home to many wonderful independent bookstores, each with its own unique atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for the latest bestseller or a rare first edition, you’re sure to find it at one of these local shops.

Stepping into MacLeod’s Books, it is immediately apparent why MacLean’s magazine called it Canada’s “last great bookshop.”For more than 50 years, the legendary Pender Street bookshop has been a Vancouver landmark, catering to readers of all levels and literary professionals.

This quaint store stocks an impressive selection of mysteries, perfect for cozy nights by the fire. For a more eclectic experience, head over to Spartacus Books on Commercial Drive. This worker-owned cooperative specializes in radical and alternative literature and also hosts regular events such as poetry readings and book clubs.

No matter what your taste in books, Vancouver’s independent bookstores have something for everyone. So next time you’re looking for a new read, be sure to support your local literary scene and visit one of these great shops.

Vancouver Humane Society

The Vancouver Humane Society is home to some of the cutest creatures in nature. From kittens and puppies to rabbits and guinea pigs, there is no shortage of adorable animals to meet. And, with a variety of interactive events and programs offered throughout the year, it’s easy to get up close and personal with these furry friends. So whether you’re looking for a new best friend or just want to admire some of nature’s cutest creatures, the Vancouver Humane Society is the place to be.

Watch The Boats In The Vancouver Harbour

There’s something soothing about watching the boats come in and out of a harbor. Perhaps it’s the gentle movement of the water or the sound of the waves lapping against the sides of the boat. Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that Vancouver’s harbor is a great place to relax and take in the scenery. On a sunny day, you can see the snow-capped mountains reflected in the water, and on a clear night, you can even see the stars. Whether you’re sitting on the dock or strolling along the seawall, taking some time to watch the boats come and go is a great way to unwind and appreciate Vancouver’s natural beauty.

People Watch

Vancouver is a city that loves its public squares. Whether it’s watching the world go by on Granville Street or enjoying the tranquility of Robson Square, people love to gather in these shared spaces. Vancouver’s public squares are more than just places to rest and relax; they are also hubs of activity and lively gathering places. In the summer, they are filled with performers, buskers, and street food vendors, and in the winter some transform into outdoor skating rinks. No matter what the season, Vancouver’s public squares are always bustling with life. So next time you’re in the city, be sure to head to one of these popular gathering spots and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

Go For A Polar Bear Swim

Every New Year’s Day, hundreds of people take to the water for a bracing dip. There are several free polar bear swim events in Vancouver and the surrounding suburbs, and it is open to everyone. It is a great way to start the year off on an adventurous note.

Relax On Vancouver Beaches

Vancouver is blessed with many beautiful beaches, each with its own unique vibe. English Bay Beach is perfect for people watching, as it’s located in the heart of the city and boasts stunning views of the downtown skyline. Kitsilano Beach is a favorite among families, thanks to its shallower water and plethora of activities, such as swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, and playing volleyball. Jericho Beach is a great spot for windsurfing, as well as simply taking a stroll along the beach. No matter what your preference, you’re sure to find a Vancouver beach that suits your needs. So grab your towel and sunscreen and head on down to one of our city’s many amazing beaches!

Walk Across The Lions Gate Bridge

The Lions Gate Bridge is one of Vancouver’s most iconic landmarks. Spanning the First Narrows of Burrard Inlet, it connects the city to Vancouver’s North Shore and is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. Whether you’re looking to take in the stunning views or get some exercise, walking across the Lions Gate Bridge is a great way to spend an afternoon. The bridge is just over a kilometer long, and there are plenty of places to stop and rest along the way. You can also bring your bike or rollerblades if you’re feeling adventurous.

Next time you’re looking for something to do, head on down to the Lions Gate Bridge and explore one of Vancouver’s most beloved landmarks.

Lonsdale Quay Market In North Vancouver

Located in the bustling seaport of North Vancouver, Lonsdale Quay Market is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. The market offers a wide variety of goods, from fresh produce and seafood to handmade arts and crafts. There are also a number of cafes and restaurants, making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat or relax with a cup of coffee. The market is open seven days a week, and there is always something new to see and do.

Do not miss the Shipyards District in lower Lonsdale. The area was once the site of several shipyards, and today it is home to a heritage park and a working dockyard. The district is also a great place to enjoy the city’s views, overlooking the water.

During the winter, the covered outdoor rink is a great spot to go ice skating. It is free if you have your own skates and helmet.

If you are visiting Vancouver, be sure to add Lonsdale to your itinerary.

Cleveland Dam And Capilano Lake

Cleveland Dam is a large concrete arch dam located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The dam forms Capilano Lake, which is the primary source of drinking water for the city of Vancouver. The dam was completed in 1954 and is currently owned and operated by the Greater Vancouver Water District. Cleveland Dam is a popular spot for recreation, and the surrounding Capilano River Regional Park offers hiking, biking, and picnicking opportunities. The dam itself is also a popular tourist destination, and visitors can take a self-guided tour or participate in ranger-led programs. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a day in nature or learn more about the engineering feat that is Cleveland Dam, it’s definitely worth a visit!

Richmond Night Market

The Richmond Night Market is a must-see for tourists visiting Vancouver. The market, which takes place every summer, features a diverse variety of cuisine and goods from all over Asia. There’s a lot to see and do in the area.  Street food, one-of-a-kind jewelry and clothing, and beautiful artwork are just a few of the attractions. A market is also an excellent location to observe people, as it attracts both locals and tourists alike.

The Richmond Night Market, with its colorful ambiance and multiple vendor stalls to explore, is a must-see event.

The Kraken – Artist: Tyler Toews

Vancouver Murals

Why not explore the city’s murals if you’re looking for something entertaining and unique to do in Vancouver? They may be found in all sorts of unexpected locations, such as alleyways and parking lots. And each one has a narrative about the city and its residents.

Mural art may be found in every neighborhood of Vancouver. You are certain to discover a mural that speaks to you no matter what your interests are. So next time you’re exploring Vancouver, keep an eye out for these public artworks.

The Vancouver Mural Festival is an annual event that promotes community involvement and encourages appreciation of public art. Local and international artists paint huge murals in several districts around the city over a number of days. The Vancouver Mural Festival is a popular annual event, which started in 2005 as part of the city’s Art in Public Places Program. The event also includes live music, food trucks, and interactive art installations. The murals not only bring color and beauty to the city; they also provide an opportunity for people to collaborate and explore their creativity.

To help you locate all of the murals, regardless if you are not visiting during the event, download the Vancouver Mural Festival app.

Drive The Sea To Sky Highway

The Sea to Sky Highway is one of the most breathtaking routes in the world. It travels through the coastal mountains of British Columbia, with stops where you can view incredibly scenery, glaciers, forests, and waterfalls.

The road may be traveled in a day, but it’s worth taking the time to appreciate what the highway has to offer. There are several pull-offs and picnic areas where you may pause to admire the scenery, as well as numerous hikes that can be accessed from the highway.

Take a look at our list of the Best Stops Along The Sea To Sky Highway to see which ones you should visit!

Enjoy The Public Art

There is no shortage of public art in Vancouver. From the massive totem poles in Stanley Park to the colorful murals on Granville Island and throughout Vancouver, there is something for everyone to appreciate. Sculptures and installations can be found all throughout the downtown area.

Vancouver’s Many Scenic Lookout Points

Vancouver is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the world. From the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains to the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, there’s no shortage of natural beauty to admire. And luckily, there are plenty of scenic lookout points where you can take in all that Vancouver has to offer.

Prospect Point and Second Beach are two of the most popular spots for taking in panoramic views of the city. But if you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path, why not head to Quarry Rock or Capilano Lake? No matter where you go, you’re sure to be treated to some truly incredible vistas. So get out there and explore Vancouver’s many scenic lookout points!

Now that you know of all the free things to do in Vancouver, get out there and explore!

Street Parties

Vancouver is a beautiful city, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than by joining a street party. Street parties are a great way to meet new people and enjoy some low-cost fun. You can find a street party to join by checking online or asking around town. Once you’ve found a party, all you need to do is show up and have a good time. Street parties are a great way to experience Vancouver’s vibrant culture and nightlife. So next time you’re looking for something to do, be sure to check for a street party in your area, and just relax and enjoy yourself.

Summer Outdoor Movies

One of the best things about summer is the opportunity to spend evenings outdoors. There’s something magical about watching a movie under the stars, and fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to do so thanks to free summer outdoor movies.

These events are usually organized by local businesses or community organizations, and they often take place in parks. Whether you’re watching a classic film or a new release, it’s a great way to enjoy some time with friends or family. So grab some popcorn and treats and head outdoors for a fun summer evening.

Celebration Of Light

Vancouver’s Celebration of Light is one of the city’s most popular annual events. Held every July, the event features a series of spectacular fireworks displays set to music. The festivities attract tens of thousands of people to English Bay, and the event has become a beloved Vancouver tradition. While the fireworks are the main attraction, there is also plenty of food and entertainment to enjoy. The Celebration of Light is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a summer night in Vancouver.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s no excuse not to take advantage of all the free things to do in Vancouver. So get out there and explore! And if you’re looking for more ideas of things to do in the city, be sure to check out our list of 75 Things To Do In Vancouver.


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