Stanley park in Vancouver, CanadaSet on a huge inlet of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by mountains, with ski resorts a mere tens of minutes away from downtown, Vancouver is Canada's thriving, exciting West Coast city. It is a laidback, family friendly environment with great accommodation and plenty to see and do.



Hospitality in Canada is second to none and there is a huge range of accommodation from which to choose. The top-end luxury hotels vie with the smaller and excellent quality range of guesthouses and the bed and breakfasts that are popular with families vacationing on a budget. Apartments are a good choice for families, with the freedom to come and go as you please and being able to eat in or eat out without the need to stick to set dining times.


Science World

Science World, Vancouver BCFamilies can be entertained for days with both indoor and outdoor activities in Vancouver and one of the top indoor draws is Science World. Kids can lose themselves here in a huge range of interactive exhibitions that firmly put the fun into science.

Children both old and young can test out displays and gadgets in the Eureka! Physics Gallery, or learn about the body and the natural world in other permanent exhibitions. There are special feature exhibitions too, usually running for a few months, and for a giant screen experience try out the Omnimax.


Kids' Market on Granville Island

Be prepared to spend some money here, but you can guarantee that the kids will have a fantastic time checking out all the shops that sell everything from clothes to toys, aimed squarely at pocket money and relying on pester power. The Adventure Zone indoor playground is the ideal place for the young ones to let off some steam, and there are, of course, plenty of arcade games to swallow up the rest of the holiday money!


On the Water

A visit to Vancouver wouldn't be quite the same without a trip on the water, so try a short cruise on the Aquabus and see the city from a different perspective. The adventurous can hire kayaks on Granville Island and plan their own family journey around the waters of the Pacific Ocean inlet.


Up in the air

Visitors can also take a Skyride up Grouse Mountain for panoramic views of the city, the ocean and islands below and the mountains around.

There are both winter and summer activities available. Look out for the entertaining Lumberjack Show from May to October and then see magnificent birds of prey in flight at the Birds in Motion Demonstration.



Having hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010, Vancouver is a hugely popular destination with skiers. When the slopes are open there are few activities more fun for all the family than skiing. Experienced skiers head off to the more demanding runs, but for beginners there are plenty of opportunities for learning how to ski. There's even a ski school for children aged three to six years old, set in its own quiet area away from the main slopes.

Vancouver has so many places to eat for all the family that you will be spoilt for choice, and with hotels also providing an excellent range of dining options it makes the city an even more attractive place to spend some family vacation time.