6 Free Things To Do in Vancouver Between Now and the End of April

Photo credit: Joseph Lin

Photo credit: Joseph Lin

From family-friendly exhibits and outdoor activities to gin tasting at Vancouver’s first craft distillery, what are you waiting for? Go have fun.

6 Free Things To Do in Vancouver Between Now and the End of April

1) Scope some scrimshaw (whale bone porn) at Vancouver Maritime Museum Thursday nights
Thursday nights (5-8pm) at Vancouver Maritime Museum are by donation. So grab a date and go see the cool and mildly controversial exhibit: Tattoo & Scrimshaw. The saucy images on whale bone led to several bad puns in international headlines and an angry mother. Note: the few items in question are in an elevated display case out of the way of little eyes.

2) Picnic, walk or bike the cherry blossoms til they’re gone
Entire Vancouver streets are lined with blooming cherry trees. Open a door in a coffee shop and a gust of petals blow in. You get the idea. There are 40,000 cherry spread around town. Use the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival bloom map to locate your favourite blossom variety. Then decide whether you want to eat/doze, walk or bike under the pink canopy. The official free Bike the Blossoms meet up is April 27, if you’re keen to join a group.

3) Taste Vancouver-made craft booze at Long Table Distillery
Vancouver’s first distillery is now open for free visits and tasting tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 12noon to 6pm at 1451 Hornby Street. They’re serving up high quality London Dry-style gin made with BC juniper and a Texada limestone-filtered vodka. Cheers.

4) Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery Tuesdays after 5pm
It’s admission by donation after 5pm on Tuesdays. VAG is always good for a cultural brush up when you fear your mind (or your family’s minds) is/are turning to mush from Walking Dead/Veep/Game of Thrones marathons. Plus, we’re really stoked about the new exhibit Grand Hotel, exploring the hotel as a creative hub. Think Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Wagner, Sofia Coppola and so many more history-altering artists.

5) Peek at a heron love nest in Stanley Park
Vancouver’s remarkable urban great blue heron colony is back in Stanley Park canoodling and hatching their young. Observe with courtesy, so as not to disturb the at-risk birds. Chicks will be testing out their gangly limbs in the coming month.
6) Cheer on a dragon boat in False Creek
You may start out with the intention to jog the seawall, but the dragon boat practice by Creekside Community Centre in the waters of False Creek has been known to stop locals and tourists in their tracks. You can see them weekends and after 4pm weekdays. The teams are gearing up for the 25th Anniversary of the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21, 22 & 23, 2013–a Vancouver summer tradition. It’s gonna be awesome.

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