The winter was fun, but we had enough cold and rain for a while. Vancouver is now in full bloom with blossoming trees all around the city, and people in their colorful summer clothing. Grab a few friends with to chat while enjoying variety of activities that you can do in this beautiful city.
Don’t know how to start? Here are a few suggestions from our student counsellor, Junior! The suggested activities for English students are grouped according to the region of the city that they are available in.
Spanish Banks is one of the nicest beaches Vancouver. You can play Beach Volleyball, Beach Soccer, or just go for a walk along the ocean and enjoy the soft sand and the sun.
Locarno Beach Park is great for typical Canadian outdoor activities such as picnics and barbecues on its huge lawn.
At the heights of Point Grey, in the area of UBC (University of British Columbia), we have the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). The museum houses many famous totems and displays world arts and cultures. It is a must see in Vancouver.
Kitsilano Beach is considered to be the best beach in town by many people. If not the best, it’s certainly the most famous. Some areas such as the public swimming pool are open during the hot season only. There are many free and paid sports to play here, in addition to sunbathing with a view of the ocean and the mountains.
Wreck Beach is also located on the campus of UBC. A section of the Wreck beach is Canada’s first and largest, legal, clothing-optional beach. There you will find trails, music, and a magical sunset.There are also relics of the second world war along the beach.
Stanley Park is one of the most famous parks in Canada and among the largest urban parks in the world. It offers many public activities with its lakes, beaches, restaurants, bike paths, gardens, tennis courts, and more. Even the Vancouver Aquarium is located in Stanley Park. The shows of Beluga whales and dolphins are well worth the admission fee. This park is one of the most famous sights of the city and you can not miss visiting.
English Bay is where The Celebration of Light (an international fireworks competition) takes place. It is perhaps the first place visited by tourists and international students. This is an easily accessible location which is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunset in summertime.
The Harbour Centre is the third tallest skyscraper in the city of Vancouver. Known also as the “Vancouver Lookout”, its dome reaches a height of about 150 meters and with its 360-degree viewing deck, it also serves as a tourist attraction, offering a physically unobstructed view of the city. The admission tickets are valid for the whole day and you could go back in the evening if you want to see the city lights from above.
BC Place is the home field for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League and the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer. It was the Olympic Stadium during the 2010 Winter Olympic and 2010 Paralympics and has hosted the CFL Grey Cup eight times. It went through a major renovation and reconfiguration in 2010, and reopened on September 2011 as the world’s largest cable supported retractable roof stadium.
Rogers Arena is right beside BC Place. It is home to the Vancouver Canucks and was the site for the ice hockey events at the 2010 Winter Olympics. BC place is the host for many notable events.
PNE offers more cultural activities with its fairs, seasonal amusement park, and arena. It usually begins in mid-August and ends in early September. There are also Vancouver Giants games coming up in addition to the other shows. The Vancouver Giants are a major junior ice hockey team.
Vancouver offers many other attractions beside these. Come back to read our future posts about other beaches, regions and different activities that you should’t miss.
Some of these attractions are available in student activities calendar. Click here to see the current calendar. Contact our activities coordinator or reception for more information.
Warning: Some attractions above are subject to availability and rates.