Posted November 23rd, 2015
Three Free Things To Do In Vancouver
As one of Canada’s biggest and busiest cruise ports, Vancouver features on many itineraries in this part of the world. Not only is it the gateway to the stunning Rocky Mountains, it also provides an excellent starting point for travellers looking to discover the wildlife and icy landscapes of Alaska.
Many Canada cruises start here and so you may well find yourself in town with some spare time on your hands. If this is the case, here are some great things to do that won’t cost you a penny.
Cross The Canyon
In the northern part of the city you will find the Lynn Canyon Park, which is the perfect place for lovers of the outdoors to enjoy a peaceful day. Entry is absolutely free and there are a variety of different areas to explore.
Whilst the suspension bridge that stretches across the canyon is probably the main attraction, there are also many hiking trails which will take you closer to nature. Along the way you will see beautiful waterfalls, picturesque plunge pools, lakes, creeks and more than a few excellent photo opportunities. If you have the whole day to spare, pack some food and enjoy your pleasant surroundings at one of the many picnic spots.
Try A New Sport
Many people will be unfamiliar with the sport ‘disc golf’, but most will gain an understanding when they learn that it is also called ‘Frisbee golf’. However, whether you know the game or not, there is the opportunity to give it a go for free in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park.
The aim is for each person to throw their Frisbee towards the metal pole with a basket on the top. Just like conventional golf, whoever manages to do this in the least amount of shots is the winner. The course of twelve ‘holes’ is entirely free to play but you will need to buy or rent a Frisbee. Whilst you are in the park, you may also want to take a visit to the Bloedel Floral Conservatory. It will only set you back a couple of pounds and is home to a spectacular array of free-flying birds and botanical arrangements.
Carousels And Collections
There are a number of art galleries and museums which are free to visit within Vancouver, giving you plenty of choice if you want to experience some of the local history and culture. Burnaby Village is an open-air museum where the locals greet you in traditional dress and never break character. This tram-stop community was created to show people what life was like during the early history of British Columbia. One of the main attractions is the vintage carousel which was originally built in 1912 and which you can still ride today.
Amongst the free art on offer are the contemporary exhibitions at Wing Sang in Chinatown. And, if you find yourself in the city on a Tuesday night, you can enter the Vancouver Art Gallery for free between the hours of 5pm and 9pm (although donations are welcome).
If you would like to explore Vancouver and the surrounding region on a Canada cruise, we have many different options available. Call us today for more information or to book your trip.