Fun Activities to do in Vancouver in the Summer

Granville Island is a magical place and a must see for any visitor to Vancouver.

Located on the bustling, picturesque waterfront of False Creek, Granville Island’s is a people-friendly, artistic, and magnetic destination for locals and visitors.

It currently attracts more than 10-million people a year. You will find an amazing sprawling and colorful Public Market, the only one in Canada to win North America’s Great Markets Great Cities award.

Among the island’s other ediverse tenans are a celebrated West Coast art school, dozens of specialty shops and restaurants, theaters, art and craft galleries, and, of course, those friendly pubs. All of this is divided by artistic green spaces, and an unforgettable waterfront. There are also internationally recognized museums, a multitude of theme festivals, public workshops and special events that roll from one week into the next.

Whether a regular Vancouver visitor or a first-timer, being bored on Granville Island is simply not possible!


The BC Parliament Buildings were opened in 1897, during the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
The city insisted on having a architecturally splendid building, costing approximately $923,000, so that it would not lose its place as the provincial capital of British Columbia. On top of the building there is a large copper dome with a statue of Captain George Vancouver.
Tours are given every 20 minutes throughout the summer, June to September, and then hourly throughout the rest of the year.

You can sit in the public galleries when the legislature is in session, and listen to the working of the provincial government.
There are also 5 hectars of gardens to enjoy, with a variety of flower displays, statues and fountains.
The BC Parliament Buildings are located on Belleville Street, above the Victoria Harbor.
For more information give them a call at 250.387.3046


The Hollow Tree

One of Vancouver’s much loved landmarks, the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park, is about to be cut down.
The city’s parks board voted to take down the 1,000 year old Stanley Park stump know as the Hollow Tree.

Park staff had advised that the recent storm damage had fractured the remains of the old red cedar, and that it now posed a danger to locals and tourists that visited the old cedar tree for photos.
Over the years the Hollow Tree, which died years ago, has become somewhat of a icon for Vancouver-ites and hundreds of tourist flock to it yearly for photos and to see the much talked about Stanley Park tree.

The Hollow Tree is to be cut down, its halves laid out for public display, and a single red cedar is to be planted as a memorial in the ring left behind!


Playland, at Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) open this Saturday, April 26 at 10 am.
The first 150 people through the gates will receive FREE admission to Playland!
Plus everyone who stops by the Beat Booth will receive a ride passport. Get your passport filled with all the stamps from the participating rides and return to the Beat Booth to be entered to win two Season Playpasses, a $500 gift card to Best Buy and a pair of tickets to Panic at the Disco.

New at Playland this year is:

  • Pacific Adventure Golf to test your putting skills at the 18-hole family course.
  • Honeybee Express Train taking off from Kid’s Crossing every 3 minutes.
  • Super Slide, a favorite from the fair, will now be at Playland all season long.

Playland is open:
April 26 to June 22 on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 10am to 6pm
June 18 to June 20, Wednesday to Friday, from 10am to 3pm
June 23 to June 26, Monday to Thursday, from 10am to 3pm
June 27 to June 29, Friday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm
June 30 to August 15 – Monday to Thursday from 10am to 7pm
– Friday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm
August 16 to September 1 – Open during PNE Fair times

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