Kids In Vancouver: Visit The New Otter Pups At The Aquarium

New Sea Otter Pup | Photo: Daniela Ruiz (Alaska Sea Life Center)

New Sea Otter Pup | Photo: Daniela Ruiz (Alaska SeaLife Center)

Vancouver visitors love to ogle the Vancouver Aquarium’s resident sea otters as they splash and dive in their centrally-located outdoor habitat. People just can’t seem to resist their adorably fluffy faces and perky demeanour. Over the years, visitors have gotten to know the personalities of each of the four sea otters who currently reside at the Vancouver Aquarium – one of North America’s leading facilities in sea otter care.

On November 1, 2016, the Vancouver Aquarium welcomed two new sea otter pups to their friendly brood of rescues, and the new residents have had quite the journey from their birthplace in Alaska. Learn more about why they’ve made the move, and chime in with your ideas on what the aquarium should name their new friends!

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Kids In Vancouver: Visit The New Otter Pups At The Aquarium

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Vancouver is rich with walking paths that weave along the city’s waterfront, but many seawall strolls are kilometres long, often too far for little feet to trek. Here are 5 seawall walks that are perfect to tackle with toddlers in tow, and each one has a fun destination at the end of the path, to keep the kids in motion while the adults enjoy the views along the way.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City

Kids In Vancouver: Teeter Above The Treetops On The Greenheart TreeWalk

Greenheart TreeWalk, UBC Botanical Garden | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Vancouver is rich with forested trails and garden-side galavants, but few destinations offer the unique opportunity to explore the outdoors from above the forest floor. The UBC Botanical Garden’s Greenhouse TreeWalk offers a thrilling, treetop perspective of the natural surroundings that BC has to offer. Here’s what you can expect from this teetering arboraceous adventure.

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Kids In Vancouver: Teeter Above The Treetops On The Greenheart TreeWalk

Soar To New Heights On Grouse Mountain’s Skyride Surf Adventure

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain Skyride Surf Adventure | Photo: Grouse Mountain

Thanks to Grouse Mountain’s new Skyride Surf Adventure, thrill-seekers can channel their inner James Bond and soar through the sky while standing on top of the cloud-grazing tram (thankfully, Bond’s tram-top fight sequence is not included).

The Grouse Mountain Skyride, a world-reknowned aerial tramway (the largest of its kind in North America), is introducing a new aeronautical adventure that will have guests flocking in droves to seek the peak in a new and exciting way – from a bird’s perspective.

Here’s what you can expect from this riveting rooftop ride.

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Soar To New Heights On Grouse Mountain’s Skyride Surf Adventure

Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Summer Bucket List

Summer bucket list

Summer hiking in Vancouver | Photo: Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Vancouver is known for its stunning sea-to-sky adventure scene – from zig-zagging down the ski slopes of the local mountains, to trekking up the tree-lined mountain trails, to kayaking and paddle boarding along the city’s coastline – the city has something to offer for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

While my family is fortunate to have been born and raised in the picturesque city of Vancouver, there are a number of local adventures that we have yet to try. That’s why each Summer, we put together a bucket list of new local gems we’d like to explore. Here’s what we’ve added to our Summer bucket list for this year.

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Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Summer Bucket List

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Indoor Pools Fit For Little Splashers

Splashing Kids

Water Kids | Photo: Flickr

Whether it’s splashing in rain puddles, wading in rivers, or cannon-balling in lakes, kids can be absolute aquaphiles in the presence of water. And while Vancouver boasts a bounty of beaches and outdoor pools that are perfect for toe-dipping and water play, the city also offers a range of indoor pools that are perfect for cooling off on scorching Summer days, or warming up when there’s a chill in the air.

Here are 5 indoor pools in and around the Metro Vancouver Area that are perfect for little splashers and their parents, who keep them afloat when they’re desperate to go for a swim.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Indoor Pools Fit For Little Splashers

Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

While the quaint seaside village of Steveston has reached peak popularity thanks to fans of ABC’s Once Upon A Time – who visit the spot looking to scope out the real-life version of the town where the show’s story takes place, the village is loved by locals for the real-life magic that the whimsical town has to offer. While the heritage fishing village of Steveston  features the perfect combination of modern, eclectic shops, diverse dining options, and historic sites, it is also an ideal destination for picnic lunches and frolicking in the sun while soaking up the surrounding scenery.

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Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston