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

Family sledding at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

Family sledding at Grouse Mountain. Photo: Tourism Vancouver/Grouse Mountain

Looking to keep the kids entertained this Winter Break and want to make some holiday memories too? 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 Winter Break.

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

FlyOver Canada announces new Halloween experience, HowlOver Canada

Get ready for FlyOver Canada‘s new debut Halloween experience for 2020, “HowlOver Canada.” The family-friendly experience includes scenes from the original FlyOver film as animated Halloween-themed characters join in to take viewers on a supernatural journey across Canada. Continue reading:
FlyOver Canada announces new Halloween experience, HowlOver Canada

Vancouver Aquarium Hosts Launch for Children’s Book Starring Rialto the Otter

Rialto the Otter has a truly inspiring and heart-wrenching story. Three years ago, the tiny pup was discovered injured and alone on the shores of remote Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park. After he was rehabilitated at the Seattle Aquarium – capturing hearts around the world in the process – Rialto was moved North where he found a permanent home at the Vancouver Aquarium. The otter’s journey was captured by reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Alan Berner, who have now transformed their notes into Rescuing Rialto, a children’s book that dives into the world of otters and explores conservation efforts surrounding this essential species.

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Vancouver Aquarium Hosts Launch for Children’s Book Starring Rialto the Otter

Rain or Shine: Scenic Vancouver Strolls

The Canadian Trail at Canada Place | Photo Credit: Yasmine Hardcastle

Spring has sprung, and with its 360 degree postcard views, Vancouver is a city where you want to get your step on as a visitor or a local. I love to walk around my city!

Rain or shine, on your own, as a date, or out with your family, an urban hike or stroll is the perfect way to keep active. And I’m always surprised how many steps I’ve gotten in after a day of exploring. So grab your SPF, umbrella (just in case), walking shoes and camera; here are some of my favourite places to trek off a meal and see the city!

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Rain or Shine: Scenic Vancouver Strolls

In Search of the Great Pumpkin

Pumpkin Patch at Southlands Heritage Farm Photo: Rob Weiss

Like crimson coloured leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and rainy days, the quest to find the perfect pumpkin is a treasured fall ritual. Dipping temperatures and shorter days can only mean one thing. Halloween is just around the corner. Consequently, it is time for the annual trek to the local pumpkin patch. This year I decided to don my gumboots and head to Southlands Heritage Farm.

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In Search of the Great Pumpkin

It’s Skookum! Vancouver’s Newest Outdoor Playground.

Zip Line Photo: Rob Weiss

Like the sound of a low thunderclap rumbling in the distance, I could hear it. Shrieks and squeals, pure unadulterated joy! Feeling inquisitive I continued my afternoon stroll along the False Creek Seawall searching for the source of the commotion. Low and behold, just north of Telus World of Science I stumbled upon Vancouver’s newest and perhaps most popular outdoor playground; a veritable beehive of activity to say the least.

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It’s Skookum! Vancouver’s Newest Outdoor Playground.

Parks & Parties – Metro Vancouver Celebrates 50 Years

Sunrise Bedford Channel Photo: Rob Weiss

2017 promises to be an epic year for parks and parties! Our beloved Canada is turning 150, and in honour of this epic birthday, Parks Canada is offering their Discovery Pass granting visitors free admission to our world renowned National Park network. Closer to home, there is another special anniversary of note. Metro Vancouver Regional Parks is celebrating 50 years of “hikes, dog walks and morning runs among centuries-old trees.”

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Parks & Parties – Metro Vancouver Celebrates 50 Years