Everybody’s summers are looking a little different this year! With borders being closed, travel restrictions, and social distancing measures still in effect, families are having to reevaluate their summer vacation plans. Fortunately, we’ve been doing some research as well and have put together a list of a few fun, family-friendly activities and events going on in your cities this summer.
See a movie at the Twilight Drive-In
The Twilight Drive-In, located in Langley, is the last remaining drive-in theatre in the province. While indoor cinemas are closed due to COVID-19, you can still go see a movie from the comfort of your own vehicle — a novel, nostalgic experience for the whole family!
Take a hike
There are plenty of great, kid-friendly hiking spots in and around the Vancouver area. Pack your water bottles and snacks and explore the natural beauty British Columbia has to offer! A few easy recommendations: Pacific Spirit Regional Park near UBC, Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, and Mystery Lake in North Vancouver.
Bike the Stanley Park seawall
Go on a family bike ride along the seawall and breathe in that ocean air! If you don’t own bikes, there are many bike rental options available throughout the city. If you’re looking to try something new, you can even rent a tandem bike for the day.
Ride the Aquabus in False Creek and visit Granville Island
Many shops and restaurants have reopened on Granville Island and it’s a great place to explore while still social distancing, as they are mostly outdoors. There’s a playground for kids and there are often live entertainers putting on shows that are suitable for the whole family. For an added adventure, ride the Aquabus there from the West End, Yaletown, or Olympic Village.
Check out the Britannia Mine
It’s a short drive from Vancouver to Britannia Beach, which makes it a great day trip destination! The Britannia Mine reopened on June 1st — check out the mining museum, take an underground tour, try panning for gold, or hang out in the family play area. The scenic drive along the Sea to Sky Highway is worth the trip in itself.
Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension Bridge re-opened on June 19th. In addition to the bridge, there are many other attractions and activities to check out, such as the Skywalk, Treetops Adventure, and Raptors Ridge. If your family already has BC Annual Passes, the park has assured us that they will still be honouring existing passes.
Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola
Located along the Sea to Sky Highway, just before the town of Squamish, the Sea to Sky Gondola is another great attraction, worthy of a day trip. Ride the gondola up to the top of the mountain and enjoy their kid-friendly walking trails, the Sky Pilot suspension bridge, and tasty dining options.