The Best List of Free Things to Do in Vancouver

Vancouver is filled with many wonderful things to see and experience for travellers and families. Check our ultimate list of free things to do in Vancouver.

Ah, lovely Vancouver. It’s not a surprise that this sparkling west coast city is filled with wonderful things to see, do and experience for travellers and families. The best news is that many of these activities don’t have to cost you a cent.ย Vancouver can be a very expensive city to live in and visit, so we need all the free stuff we can get, right? Take note of our curated list of freebies, and head out to enjoy any and all of these 101 free things to do in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Vancouver is filled with many wonderful things to see and experience for travellers and families. Check our ultimate list of free things to do in Vancouver.

101 Free Things to do in Vancouver

    1. Walk or bike the six kilometres of the new Arbutus Greenway from Kitsilano to Marpole
    2. Discover Camosun Bog near the UBC Endowment Lands
    3. Walk, run or bike the extensive trail network of the UBC Endowment Lands
    4. Pick a trail to walk along in Pacific Spirit Park
    5. Head down to catch some rays at Wreak Beach at UBC, and remember that clothing is optional
    6. Pack a picnic and people-watch at Kits Beach
    7. Play beach volleyball, throw a frisbee or take a walk along Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach
    8. Relive your student days hanging out in the Nest, UBC’s beautiful student centre
    9. Visit Stanley Park to see the First Nation totems
    10. Enjoy the views and take a selfie at Prospect Point in Stanley Park
    11. Walk, bike or roll all 10 kilometers of the Stanley Park seawall
    12. Watch a free outdoor movie in Stanley Park – every Tuesday from July 4th to August 22nd
    13. Pack a picnic and sit by Trout Lake in East Vancouver
    14. Catch the fireworks at the Honda Celebration of Light – watch in English Bay or Kits Beach for great views
    15. Stroll through the old quarry gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park
    16. Walk the dog in Everett Crowley Park
    17. Point the teens towards the skateboard park in Quilchena
    18. Shoot some hoops at the Kits Point Basketball court
    19. Take a free walking tour of one of four Vancouver neighbourhoods – Downtown, Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island
    20. Visit a local water spray park for free summer cool down
    21. Play disc golf at Queen Elizabeth Park
    22. Visit a 2010 Olympic Winter Games site, like the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza
    23. Groove to the free tunes at the Khatsahlano Music Festival along 4th Avenue in Kitsilano
    24. Play tennis at one Vancouver’s 18 free courts city-wide
    25. Wander around the shops and attractions at the Granville Island Kids Market
    26. Splash around at the large water park and slide on Granville Island
    27. Keep on the lookout for movie stars! Vancouver has the largest film industry in Canada
    28. Explore Sun Yat-Sen Park and its gardens full of Chinese architecture, bridges and pavilions
    29. Appreciate some art at the free Contemporary Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver
    30. Take in a free show at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival
    31. Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery for free on Tuesdays from 5-9 PM
    32. Watch the sunset from English Bay beach
    33. Take some epic selfies at Canada Place and wave at the cruise ships departing on weekends
    34. Discover Vancouver via Pokemon Go!
    35. Hike Dog Mountain at Mount Seymour Provincial Park
    36. Drive up to Cypress Mountain Lookout
    37. Hike through wooded trails at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver
    38. Picnic in Whytecliffe Park, West Vancouver
    39. Watch the ferries come and go in Horseshoe Bay
    40. Hike up to Quarry Rock in Deep Cover
    41. Walk or bike the Rice Lake Loop Trail in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
    42. Hike Baden Powell Trail on Vancouver’s North Shore mountains
    43. Cross the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge and walk the trails
    44. Visit the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, packed with historic and hands-on displays
    45. Walk or cycle the 50 km of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve on the North Shore
    46. Hike in Lynn Headwaters Park and visit the waterfall
    47. Walk up the 2.9 km Grouse Grind – ‘Nature’s Stairmaster’
    48. Drive the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway to Squamish
    49. Walk around Alice Lake, north of Squamish
    50. Hike up Black Tusk in the Garibaldi Mountain range north of Squamish
    51. Take at pit stop at Shannon Falls Park
    52. Hike the Sea to Summit trail at the base of the Sea to Sky Gondola
    53. Learn about spawning salmon at Capilano River Hatchery
    54. Hike up Mt Gardiner on Bowen Island
    55. Walk around Killarney Lake on Bowen Island
    56. Search for tumbled beach glass on Hummingbird Beach, Bowen Island
    57. Play in the Bowen Island School Playground
    58. Visit Barnet Marine Park, Burnaby’s only saltwater beach
    59. Walk to the Jug Island lookout from Belcarra Regional Park in Belcarra
    60. Talk a walk in Burnaby’s Central Park
    61. See the sunrise from the Tower of the Gods on Burnaby Mountain
    62. Go back in time at Burnaby Village Museum
    63. Enjoy a day trip to Harrison Lake and take a dip
    64. Take a self-guided Circle Farm Tour in Harrison Mills
    65. Walk along the oceanside trail on the Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island
    66. Tackle the entire False Creek seawall route from Vanier Park to English Bay
    67. Take a free guided tour of the Rennie Art Collection at Wing Sang
    68. Check out SFUโ€™s Starry Nights at the Trottier Observatory and Science Plaza, and observe the night sky through powerful telescopes
    69. Walk the West Vancouver seawall from Ambleside to Dundarave
    70. Take the Circle Farm Tour in Langley
    71. Spend the day in Golden Ears Provincial Park – walk the trails or enjoy the waters of Alouette Lake
    72. Enjoy the waterfall in Bridal Veils Park
    73. Drive to Hope and explore the Othello Tunnels, now part of the Trans Canada Trail system
    74. Watch the planes take off and land at the public observation area at Vancouver International Airport
    75. Bird-watch at Boundary Bay Regional Park near Tsawwassen
    76. Check out the cool Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment in Richmond
    77. Fly Kites in Steveston’s Garry Point Park
    78. Bike or walk around the Richmond Dikes
    79. Walk along Iona Beach in Richmond
    80. Discover the peat bog habitat of Richmond Nature Park (entrance is free or by donation)
    81. Pick blackberries in season at MacDonald Beach
    82. Attend Free Drive-In Movies at Landsdowne Centre in Richmond
    83. Enjoy a stroll along the Fraser River Walk in Steveston, Richmond
    84. Spot the original beach cottages along Crescent Beach
    85. Let the dog off-leash in Fraser River Park in south Vancouver
    86. Walk along the Pier in White Rock
    87. Visit the Kids Gallery at the Surrey Museum (entrance is free)
    88. Explore Burns Bog in Surrey
    89. Enjoy the spring cherry blossoms on a walk in the Marpole neighborhood
    90. Hike to Kanaka Creek in Maple Ridge
    91. Explore the wetlands and bird life of Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam
    92. View the Amazing Laughter sculptures in English Bay
    93. Walk from Jack Poole Plaza to Stanley Park in Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver
    94. Meet a new friend and enjoy some local craft brew on their backyard patio
    95. Watch the sunset from Crab Park on Burrard Inlet in East Vancouver
    96. Visit the B.C. Golf Museum
    97. Check out the free summer Movie Night at Connaught Park in Kitsilano
    98. Stargaze at Gordon MacMillan South Observatory in Vanier Park
    99. Channel your inner Judge Judy and take in a legal hearing at the downtown Vancouver Law Courts
    100. Browse through the vinyl stacks at Zulu Records on West Fourth Avenue
    101. Check out a Car Free Day on a summer Sunday

You’ve got to admit, this is a pretty impressive list of all the great free things to do in Vancouver!

Pin for LaterVancouver is filled with wonderful things to see and experience for travellers and families. Check our ultimate list of free things to do in Vancouver, Canada.

Vancouver is filled with wonderful things to see and experience for travellers and families. Check our ultimate list of free things to do in Vancouver.

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27 thoughts on “The Best List of Free Things to Do in Vancouver”

  1. Ayngelina Brogan

    I’m heading to Vancouver in November and this list is perfect! So many great ideas.

  2. 18 tennis courts Claudia? That is impressive. Not a big tennis guy here but hey; I’d give it a shot with those cool Vancouver surroundings. Walking around this beautiful city would suit me and my wife fine. Fave thing for us to do. Anywhere. Landed another NYC house sit this week so more hours spent on the Upper West Side exploring the hood, celebrity watching and enjoying beautiful Central Park.

    1. We especially love Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge area for hiking and picnicking. It’s very family friendly and an easy walk for most folks. We love anywhere for hiking in our Metro Vancouver area. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Mike Cotton

    What an incredibly comprehensive list. Vancouver is such a cool city, the west coast vibe is strong there.

  4. Megan Jerrard

    Extensive and impressive list! I usually challenge myself to spend my first few days in a city exploring for free, because you really get a sense of the local community when you walk, bike, people watch and hang out in the parks as the locals do. Vancouver is one of my favorite cities, and this is great proof that it doesn’t have to be an expensive trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow

    What a wonderfully comprehensive list of free things to do in Vancouver. It’s been a dream for me to visit one day! I almost moved there about 6 years ago but life had other plans. I would love to check out the night sky from those telescopes, as well as see the salmon farm and maybe a good cycle tour of the city! Looks like a great city to visit – I’m determined to get there one day!

    1. I hope you’ll be able to visit Vancouver one day in the near future. So much to see and do!

  6. Dana Freeman

    Amazing list! I have never been to Vancouver. Keeping this post for when I finally get there.

  7. I used to study at UBC and I gotta say it is such a beautiful campus! I haven’t been to Pacific Spirit Park yet. I will need to check that out next time I visit Vancouver!

  8. sara | belly rumbles

    What a comprehensive list of freebies in Vancouver. You really wouldn’t be stuck for something to do and you wallet would thank you. Have booked marked this great reference for when I head there in the hopefully not too distant future.

  9. Wow, that is a huge list, I have no idea you could do so many free things in Vancouver. I think I probably need 3 months to do all. I would love to go to the free drive-in movies. Never been to one.

  10. Mama Munchkin

    I love lists like this. I think its the feeling of accomplishment I get once I check them all off ๐Ÿ˜‰ I haven’t purchased flights yet but I know Vancouver is in our near future and I can’t wait to try and check off as many of these as I can, except maybe the clothing optional beach ๐Ÿ˜‰

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