FOR THE CHILDREN
No trip to Vancouver is complete without a trip to world famous Stanley Park. Perhaps Vancouver's most famous attraction, the park is packed with free things to do. Visitors who want peace and tranquility can find it along the myriad of walking trails. Start at Lost Lagoon and visit the nature house, then proceed around the Lagoon. You'll find geese, swans, and many other species of birds. The Stanley Park seawall is an ideal way to take in the view from all around the park. Visitors are welcome to walk, bike or rollerblade the 8.85 km (5.5 mile) wall. Cyclists and rollerbladers do need to proceed with caution and yield to pedestrians. In some areas, bladers and bikers are required to depart from the seawall and travel on roadways for a short distance.
The park also features a number of beaches (Third, Second, English Bay) with lifeguards on duty in the summer months. Second Beach also features a pool with wash rooms and change rooms. A children's water park is located at Lumberman's Arch and a refreshment stand is close by. The Miniature Railway (which has an admission fee) is located a short walk from the water park.
A pitch and putt golf course is located near the Rhododendron Garden and the formal Rose Garden is located near the Stanley Park Pavilion. The park also has tennis courts, located near the Lost Lagoon Nature House.
Also worth checking out (although it does require an entrance fee) is the Aquarium.
Bear Creek Park
A wonderful stop for families with children. The municipally run Surrey park has a miniature train (small entrance fee), water park, adventure playground, picnic area, public outdoor swimming pool (summer only), running track and more. The Surrey Art Gallery is located on adjacent property.
This is THE spot for families with young children!! The five-acre park is open year round Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Maplewood Farm was once a working dairy farm in the heart of North Vancouver. Now home to goats, horses, cows, rabbits birds and much more, the popular farm hosts hand-milking demonstrations daily. Plan a picnic lunch and about two hours minimum to visit the farm. Small entrance fee (under $10 for family of four).