Fun Things to Do in Vancouver Area During COVID-19 BC Reopening Phase

As British Columbia is officially in Phase 2 of the reopening plan, we can now enjoy various attractions and parks in and around Vancouver.

Here is a list of activities to enjoy in and around Vancouver.

For online & drive-in/in-person and virtual events, see things to do this weekend in Vancouver.

1. Visit Vancouver Area Attractions, Museums & Art Galleries

Things to Do in Vancouver

  • Visit the largest copper mine in the British Empire, the Britannia Mine Museum National Historic Site. All tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • A trip to the Fort Langley NHS, old Hudson Bay Company trading post is a great way to learn the region’s history and know more about life in the early days. The site is scheduled to open from June 8th with limited access and services.
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum is a great place to take your family. Discover the rich maritime history and traditions through stories, exhibits, hands-on activities, and more. Reopening June 11.
  • Opening from June 11 is the Museum of Vancouver. Schedule a visit to know more about the city through stories, objects, and shared experiences.
  • From June 18, embark on a journey across Canada with FlyOver Canada.
  • Learn about the history and culture of Japanese Canadians at the Nikkei National Museum which will reopen to the public from June 2nd.
  • Schedule a trip to see the SFU Bill Reid Collection and contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast at the Bill Reid Gallery. The Gallery will reopen from June 6.
  • Breathtaking views of the Squamish Valley and the Howe Sounds await on your visit to the Sea to Sky Gondola. Traffic on the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge is limited to one-way and the Summit Lodge will be closed except for access to washrooms and limited retail. Furthermore, The Sea to Summit Trail is currently closed as the lower part of the trail travels through Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, which remains closed for hiking. However, you can still hike the Shannon Basin Loop, Al’s Habrich Ridge, Sparky’s Spin, and Al’s Habrich Ridge.
  • Go on a thrilling journey through the history of crime and policing in Vancouver at the Vancouver Police Museum. The Museum is reopening its doorsfrom June 5th.
  • Western Canada’s largest art museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery is re-opening its doors from June 15th.
  • From June 22, get ready to hike up the Grouse Grind hiking trail. Vancouver’s most accessible ski hill, Grouse Mountain Ski Hill is slowly restarting its operations.
  • Your fun time in the water will start from June 27th as the Harrison Water Park reopens. The park will be limited to three 2 hour time slots with a max of 50 people.

2. Explore Zoos & Gardens

  • Home to a variety of wildlife, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is a great place to take your kids. The Zoo is open from June 1st. The North American Wilds viewing deck, Vivarium, and Playground are closed. The Zoo will be conducting new enrichment activities in place of daily group activities such as Keeper Talks and Radical Raptors.
  • Bloedel Conservatory remains closed.
  • Visit 55-acre green oasis at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. The garden is a great place to unwind and reconnect with nature. The maze is open to enjoy one at a time, either individually or with family. Tickets must be purchased online and entry will only be available every 30 minutes from 9 am to 6 pm.

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3. Enjoy Nature Parks

  • BC Provincial Parks – Alice Lake, Bridal Veil Falls, Cultus Lake, Golden Ears, Sasquatch, Stawamus Chief and Rolley Lake are open for day use. You can enjoy a night or two of camping at Cultus Lake, Golden Ears, and Sasquatch.
  • The beaches in BC are open to the public. Have a fun time!
  • Enjoy the views along the seawall at Stanley Park. Though closed to vehicle access, you can still enjoy this magnificent urban park with its beaches, marvellous totem poles, forest trails, and giant trees on foot. The parking lots remain closed.
  • Did you know over 166 playgrounds across the city are open? Vancouver Parks, beaches, gardens are also open.

4. Go Fishing

BC is well known as one of the best fishing regions in the country. While Vancouver may not be able to boast of any hot spots for great angling, there are still many options you can hit up. At a mere 30-minute drive from downtown is the hatchery below the Capilano River dam. Another great place for angling is the piers at Ambleside and Dundarave in West Vancouver.

5. Go Boating

Boating is a great way to have some fun time. Boat launches are open so rent a canoe and explore. The Vanier Boat launch is open. The Harrison Water Park has also resumed its boat and Sea-doo rental services.

6. Solve a Crime

Put on your investigator’s hat and get ready to solve the latest game. Vancouver Mysteries is back in the game.

7. Go Shopping

Vancouver has many Farmers Markets where you can shop for local products. Most of them are open with physical distancing in effect. You can also visit Granville Island and the Granville Island Public Market. Some retail outlets across the city are open for business.

8. Play Sports

  • Go play golf. Golf Courses are open.
  • Skate parks, synthetic sports fields, Tennis and pickleball courts, basketball and volleyball courts, disc golf, roller hockey, multisport courts, and playgrounds are open.
  • Challenge yourself to a climb at the Clip ‘n Climb climbing wall centre. The centre will be operating with a maximum of 10 participants at a time.
  • Climbing wall centre, The Hive Bouldering Gym is open for members only from June 1 -6 with a timeslot of 2 hours. Members and punch card holders will be able to access the facility from June 8 – 14th. Public access will be granted from June 15 (date may be subject to change).
  • Reserve your slot at the Project Climbing Cloverdale which will reopen from June 1.
  • Climbers of all levels can head to Climb Base5 from June 7th.

9. Eat Out

Restaurants across BC are allowed to open, so restaurants are slowly opening their doors. Enjoy dinner with your family!

Eat out at the new temporary patios that will operate until October 31, 2020, in Vancouver.

Father’s Day Brunch, Dinner, BBQ Kits Takeout, Delivery and Dine-In Options in Vancouver

10. Enjoy a Quarantine Concert

There are many free concerts live-streamed every day. Check them out.

11. Enjoy Live Theatre from around the World

With COVID-19 pandemic forcing theatres to shut their doors, many performing art centres have taken to being open virtually.

12. Explore Canada or the World From Home

Explore Canada’s arctic, Winnipeg, National Parks and many more places from Home. Travel to international or outer space destinations like the international space station, discover Egypt’s Heritage Sites from tombs to monasteries or take a trip on scenic trains in Europe virtually.

13. Enjoy Drive-in/in Person Events

GOATerdays!
23 May

Taves Estate Cidery, 333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford

May 23, 2020 To September 26, 2020

Varies

come on out with the fam jam and watch our goats play on their new playground!   »

Movies at Twilight Drive-In Langley
09 Jun

Twilight Drive-In, 260th Street and Fraser Highway, Langley

June 9, 2020 To July 16, 2020

$50/carload

Watch movies under the stars from the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. The drive-in is your best entertainment value; watch 2 first-run movies for the price ...  »

Art Downtown
17 Jun

Cathedral Square, 566 Richards Street, Vancouver & Lot 19, 855 W Hastings Street

June 17, 2020 To September 11, 2020

Free

Between June and September, artists will be presenting their work and techniques in the beautiful setting of Lot 19 and Cathedral Square, downtown Vancouver.   »

Pretty Lucid Place
24 Jun

4731 Garden City Road, Richmond

June 24, 2020 To August 18, 2020

$24.99 to $37.99

Welcome to Pretty Lucid Place an immersive art experience in Vancouver. Designed to be tactile and shareable, we invite you to let your imagination run wild as ...  »

The Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
04 Jul

Cathedral Square, Richards Street, Vancouver

July 4, 2020 To July 31, 2020

$29

Discover tales of fire, smallpox, and murder on this gothic theatrical adventure. Socially distanced night-time walking tour led by a professional actor on the streets of Vancouver’...  »

PNE Playland
10 Jul

Playland, 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

July 10, 2020 To July 31, 2020

$26 & up

Come experience Vancouver’s favourite amusement park all the associated thrills, entertainment and food!   »

Greek Summerfest To Go
10 Jul

4541 Boundary Road @ East 29th Avenue, Vancouver

July 10, 2020 To July 19, 2020

Free

Vancouver Greek Summerfest welcomes you to our 34th consecutive year: a culinary experience not to miss! This year’s festival will look different and focus on food ...  »

Comedy Basement Showcase Saturdays
11 Jul

Keto Caveman Cafe, 605 West Pender Street, Vancouver

July 11, 2020 To December 19, 2020

$12 - $16

A weekly showcase of the funniest stand-up comedians from here in Vancouver and from all over the world! A weekly showcase of the funniest stand-up comedians from ...  »

Free Kids Yoga
14 Jul

Woodland Park, 705 Woodland Drive, Vancouver

July 14, 2020 To August 25, 2020

Free

This summer, join The Yoga Buggy for physically-distanced classes in the park. Our family-friendly classes include games, storytelling, music and of course, yoga! See you this summer ...  »

Free Kids Yoga
16 Jul

McSpadden Park, 2125 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

July 16, 2020 To August 27, 2020

Free

This summer, join The Yoga Buggy for physically-distanced classes in the park. Our family-friendly classes include games, storytelling, music and of course, yoga! See you this summer ...  »

FreshAirCinema @ Semiahmoo Park
17 Jul

Semiahmoo Park, 15782 Marine Drive, Surrey

July 17, 2020 To August 1, 2020

$43.05

Fresh Air Cinema is bringing back movies to Semiahmoo Park once again for 2020. Simply show up in your car, tune into our FM frequency and watch a ...  »

FortisBC FreshAirCinema
17 Jul

Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Park, 6050 176 St, Surrey

July 17, 2020 To July 18, 2020

By Donation

Fresh Air Cinema has teamed up with FortisBC to offer free movie nights throughout BC in 2020. We are super excited about our partnership and cannot wait to ...  »

BIKEnnale/WALKennale
26 Jul

Various Venues, Vancouver

July 26, 2020 To August 30, 2020

$5.00 - $15.00

Vancouver Biennale invites Vancouverites of all ages and abilities to join us for our 2020 BIKEnnale/WALKennale “SIX SUNDAYS THIS SUMMER” virtual event! Head outside to enjoy our ...  »

Day Out with Thomas 2020
17 Oct

West Coast Railway Heritage Park, 39645 Government Road, Squamish

October 17, 2020 To October 25, 2020

1-604-898-9336

$29 + charges

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is chugging into a station near you for Day Out With Thomas™. Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day ...  »

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