10 Family-Friendly Things to do Outdoors in Vancouver This Spring Break

Children playing at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver

Kids playing at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Looking to keep the kids entertained this Spring Break? Plan an outdoor adventure that the whole family will enjoy. Here are our picks for the best Vancouver area family-friendly things to do outside this Spring Break. 

Walk, Bike or Skate the Seawall

Doing a lap of the seawall around Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s signature activities. Bring your bikes or inline skates for a lap, or just head out for a walk. If you need a break, grab a hot chocolate at the Legends of the Moon cafe next to the Totem Poles near Brockton Point.

 

Ski or Snowboard on the North Shore

With lots of snow on the local ski hills this year, it is a great time to hit the slopes. Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain on the North Shore are all open this Spring Break. 

 

Take a Hike

While there is snow up in the mountains, the low elevation trails are open for hiking. If you’re looking for suggestions on where to go, check out our list of the best Vancouver area hikes for kids

Hiking with Kids in Vancouver

Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

 

Head to a Nature Program

Metro Vancouver Parks is running a series of free, family-friendly nature programs during Spring Break. Learn about nocturnal animals during the Night Quest event at Pacific Spirit Park, do crafts at the nature house at Burnaby Lake, or participate in an Enchanted Forest quest in Aldergrove Regional Park. See the Metro Vancouver Parks website for full details. 

 

Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Your kids will love the Capilano Suspension Bridge. They can walk across the bridge, explore the treetop walkways, or play in a real treehouse. Don’t miss the Rainforest Explorers Program, a self-guided interactive kids program. 

 

Try Snowshoeing

If you haven’t been snowshoeing yet, what are you waiting for? It’s one of the easiest winter sports to learn. All three North Shore mountains have snowshoe trails and rentals on site. Here are our picks for the best beginner-friendly places to snowshoe

 

Go for a Bike Ride

The Vancouver area has a great network of bike paths that are fully separated from traffic, so they’re a great place to go for a family bike ride. Most of them are pretty flat too, which little legs will appreciate. Not sure where to go? Read our list of easy bike rides around Vancouver.

 

Visit the Sea to Sky Gondola

If you’re got kids, Spring Break is the perfect time to head to the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish. They’re running a Spring Break special where kids 12 and under ride free with a paying adult! 

Family snowshoeing at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish

Family snowshoeing at the Sea to Sky Gondola. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Sea to Sky Gondola / Paul Bride

 

Go Sledding

It might be spring in the city, but it’s still winter in the mountains. Read our guide to sledding, snow-tubing, and tobogganing near Vancouver for details on which nearby ski resorts have sledding hills.

 

Plan a Camping Trip

The weather is a little chillier this time of year, but Spring Break can be a great time to go camping if you’re prepared. Several Vancouver area parks are open for camping, but be sure to check if you need advance reservations since they can fill up. If you want to stick close to Vancouver and avoid snow, we recommend Porteau Cove Provincial Park and Alice Lake Provincial Park.

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