9 Kid-Friendly Outdoor Things to Do in Vancouver This Spring

People admiring cherry blossoms in Vancouver

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Kazutoshi Yoshimura

Head outside with your family this spring. Choose from fun outdoor activities like hiking, biking, boating, and more to keep your kids entertained. Here are our picks for the best kid-friendly things to do in Vancouver this spring.

Until further notice, in line with the public health order, non-essential travel into, within, and out of BC is not recommended. BC residents, let’s do our part by continuing to stay small and support local with your immediate household, in accordance with the latest guidelines.

 

Admire the Cherry Blossoms

Vancouver is home to thousands of cherry blossom trees that explode in pink and white blooms each spring. Plan a picnic under the flowers, and combine it with a family photo session at one of our prime spots for cherry blossom pics.

 

Go for a Bike Ride

As the weather warms up, it’s a great time to take the bikes out of the garage and head out on a family ride. Our list of easy bike rides around Vancouver has lots of safe, kid-friendly bike route options. But for a real Vancouver spring experience, plan a bike ride to cherry blossoms.

 

Visit a Farm

Spring is the cutest time of year on a farm: lambs, kids, piglets, calves, chicks, and lots more. Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver and Southlands Heritage Farm in Vancouver are both open for farm visits for small family groups. Visit their websites to book a time slot.

Two young girls look at chicks

Photo: Vancouver Heritage

 

Try Snowshoeing

There is still lots of snow in the North Shore Mountains in the spring, so it’s a great time to try snowshoeing. There are beginner-friendly  snowshoe trails and rentals at Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Cypress Mountain. For a memorable nighttime snowshoe experience, check out the Light Walk at Grouse Mountain or Lights to the Lodge at Cypress Mountain.

 

Explore the Urban Wilderness

The Vancouver area has lots of pockets of wilderness nestled into the city. Has your family visited any of these 15 urban parks that feel like wilderness yet? You can explore forests, meadows, wetlands, and shorelines, all without leaving town.

 

Brave the Capilano Suspension Bridge

There are lots of things to see and do at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. Walk 230 feet above the raging Capilano River on the famous bridge, stroll through the treetops on elevated platforms, and peer into the canyon on the Cliffwalk. There’s even a self-guided nature program for kids.

Children play at the kids area at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

 

Take a Hike

With the snow melting in the mountains, hikes closer to sea level feature lush forests nurtured by meltwater, and rushing waterfalls. It’s a great time of year to head out for a family hike. Use our lists of hikes for kids, spring hikes, and rainy day hikes to find the best trail for your little trekkers.

 

Take the Dog to an Off-Leash Park

Fido is part of the family too, so plan an outing everyone in the family will love. Many of Vancouver’s parks have off-leash dog areas for Fluffy to run and chase a ball. There are often kid-friendly features like playgrounds, beaches, and walking trails nearby too. Check out our list of the best off-leash dog parks to plan your day.

 

Get Out on the Water

Explore the water with your kids this spring. Rent kayaks and paddle along the shoreline. Or book a wildlife watching tour and motor out into the Strait of Georgia to spot seals, dolphins, eagles, sea lions, and more. In the heart of the city, kids will love a cruise around False Creek on the Aquabus or False Creek Ferry.

A child points at wildlife in the ocean on a boat tour near Vanocuver

Photo: Kate Milford

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