Vancouver is the largest and the most picturesque city of the province and one of the main ports of North America.
How to explore the city, relax and have fun, if funds are limited?
We prepared a list of the most interesting free things to do in Vancouver.
Free things to do in Vancouver
Climb to Grouse Mountain
The mountain, which offers a view of Vancouver, has all the conditions for winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, winter hiking, ice-skating), as well as for walks and hikes in the summer. It is possible to climb here in two ways – on a gondola lift or by overcoming a path called «Grouse Grind». Do you want a real challenge? Try this trail, which is 2.9 km long. It is worth saying that this test is not for beginners – you will have to sweat, but the result is worth it.
Visit Lynn Canyon National Park
This reserve, accessible to public transport, is great for spending a day in the fresh air far from the city bustle. The terrain can be crossed both on foot and by bike. Hanging bridge is a local point of interest.
Relax on the beaches
Living in Vancouver means having a luxurious opportunity to enjoy magnificent beaches. It is noteworthy that right in the center of the city you can find more than one beach. Vancouver has about 18 km of beach shorelines located right in the city.
Gastown is one of the highlights of the city. This is an old district of salons and brothels serving the nearby port, which eventually turned into a shopping center, and then the historic part of the city and in reality occupying several streets. A short walk is quite entertaining. Here, except for «old buildings», you can find both small shops, cafes and restaurants where you can sit and relax after a cup or a glass of something and a very good snack. Nearby there is a viewing platform and a bay where also there is something to see.
Go through Chinatown
Chinatown is a special place, which you cannot miss when visiting Vancouver. There is an authentic Chinese atmosphere, outlandish goods and of course the lowest prices. Territorial Chinatown begins with the intersection of Pender and Taylor streets with huge gates decorated in Chinese style. In Vancouver’s Chinatown, there is one of the most beautiful Chinese parks in North America. The entrance is free and therefore there are many people even in rainy weather.
Attend Queen Elizabeth Park
The magnificent, luxurious park of Queen Elizabeth is located in the highest point of Vancouver, from the height of which opens a completely delightful panorama of the city. In the park you will find a marvelous arboretum, a quarry garden, the famous greenhouse «Bloedel», with more than 500 kinds of exotic plants and live tropical birds, a rose garden, picturesque ponds, fountains, golf course, tennis courts, bowling club, excellent observation deck and much more.
Try the local cuisine for free
In Vancouver, there are a lot of places where you will be given free food for your birthday! There is one nuance – in some places you need to register beforehand in order to get free food. Do you want to eat the whole day long and pay nothing? Then try to visit all these places on one birthday! Steamrollers, Milestone’s, Yaletown Brewing Company, Denny’s, Cannibal Café, Starbucks, Old Spaghetti Factory. In some cafes, you should simply provide an identity card.