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The Biggest and Best List of Greater Vancouver Summer Activities!

June 8th, 2012

Summer is fast upon us and with only a few weeks left of school the kids will soon be home for the summer! Last month I put out an inquiry for ideas as to what fun activities you do with your kids over the summer. I promised that I would compile the list and after […]


Summer is fast upon us and with only a few weeks left of school the kids will soon be home for the summer! Last month I put out an inquiry for ideas as to what fun activities you do with your kids over the summer. I promised that I would compile the list and after spending much time looking for the ever important links to the details I think I have come up with a pretty comprehensive list! So without further delay here is a nice big list of fun and exciting things to do in Metro Vancouver over the summer.

Some of these activities are free and some are tourist attractions. Have a browse, bookmark, share with your friends and come back on those days you are stuck and can’t think of something to do!


Fun and Free or Low Cost At Home Activities and Crafts:

60 Summer Activities for Kids from Martha Stewart

Make Ice Cream in a bag

50 Summer Crafts for Kids

Make a Kite then Fly it!

Make a Puppet Theatre

Make Puppets

Make your own sidewalk chalk

Build a Backyard Obstacle Course

Travel Scavenger Hunt Lists Ready to Print

Nature Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Water balloon Ideas

Water Fight Party Ideas

Bubbles! Science World’s Special Bubble Recipes

Build a Fort in the Backyard

Fun Kid Friendly Card Games

Start a Garden – Tips on easy to grow items

Make Homemade Playdough

Make Sun Catchers

Do some fun Science Experiements (videos included)

Go Camping in the Backyard

Home Depot Kids Activities

Kids Bowl Free Program at Various Lanes


Camping, Hiking, Lakes and Outdoor Fun:

BC Campsites

Accommodations in BC

Othello Tunnels (great for hiking and biking)

5 North Shore Family Friendly Hikes

Hiking at Bridal Falls

Mud Bay Trail Walk

Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Free Educational all ages Astronomy Programs at SFU

Whonnock Lake

Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club at Whonnock Lake (Programs throughout the summer for all ages)

Buntzen Lake

Crescent Beach

WhiteRock Beach

Horseback riding at Campbell Valley Park

Free Learn to Fish Programs (throughout BC)

Grouse Mountain

Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park

Wild Play Element Parks (Various Locations)

Pedalheads Bike Camps

Stave Falls Power House


Attend one of the many Free Local Festivals:

Langley’s International Festival (great fun for adults and kids alike)

Surrey Canada Day

Langley Canada Day

Maple Ridge Weekends – Fun Free events in the centre of the town aimed at getting families to discover new things.

Surrey Fusion Festival

Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

Celebration of Light Fireworks

99 Days of summer in Surrey – Ideas for something every day of summer in Surrey


Catch a Movie:

Twilight Drive in Langley

Free Outdoor Movies in BC


Be a Tourist in your own Town and Visit some of the Tourist Attractions:

Hell’s Gate Airtram

Take the Aquabus around False Creek

The Honeybee Centre and new home to the Bug Lab

Vancouver Aquarium and the new Penguin Exhibit

Vancouver’s Harbour Centre Lookout


Pacific National Exhibition

Science World

HR MacMillan Space Centre

Stanley Park (Seawall, waterpark, train)

Bloedel Floral Conservatory (There are exotic birds too)

Bear Creek Park Train and Mini Golf

Ride the Skytrain and SeaBus

Big Bus Vancouver Sightseeing

Minter Gardens

Maplewood Farms

Greater Vancouver Zoo

Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford (mini golf and games)

Abbotsford Airshow

Giggle Ridge Mini Golf at Cultus Lake


Visit a local Farmer’s or Night Market or pick some of your own fruit:

Vancouver Farmer’s Markets

Metro Vancouver Farmer’s Markets

Surrey Urban Farmer’s Market

Richmond Night Market

Lonsdale Quay Market

UPick Berries, Fruit Etc


Go to the Waterslides:

Cultus Lake Waterpark

Bridal Falls Waterslides

Splashdown Waterpark


Visit one of the many great Free Splash Parks:

Surrey Water/Spray Parks

Langley Spray Parks

Maple Ridge Park

Harris Road Park in Pitt Meadows

Rocky Point Park

Tri Cities Spray Parks

Burnaby Spray Parks

Vancouver Spray Parks and Wading pools

Richmond Spray Parks

Delta Water Parks

Mission Spray Park and Leisure Centre has weekly summer story time outside and includes a free book (Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 in July and August).

Queen’s Park in New Westminster (Splash Park and Petting Zoo)


Attend one of the many Summer Storytimes at the Local Libraries:

Summer Storytimes and Activities at the Fraser Valley Libraries

Summer Storytimes and Activities at Surrey Public Libraries

Summer Storytimes and Activities at the Vancouver Public Libraries

Summer Storytimes and Activities at the Coquitlam Public Library


Attend one of the local sports teams games or go to the BC Summer Games:

Vancouver Canadians Baseball Game

Whitecaps Soccer Game

BC Lions Football Game

BC Summer Games (Held in Surrey 2012)


Visit a museum or Heritage Site:

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Museum of Vancouver

Burnaby Village Museum

Britannia Mine Museum

Surrey Museum

Dinosaur Exhibit at Royal BC museum in Victoria

West Coast railway Heritage Park in Squamish

Fort Langley Historic Site


Explore a Fun New to your Kids Neighborhood:

Granville Island (Waterpark,Market, Ferry)

Steveston Village with Kids

Explore Harrison Hot Springs