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 is open.
  • 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.

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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

To Speak With a Golden Voice
16 Jul

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 639 Hornby St, Vancouver

July 16, 2020 To April 11, 2021

Regular admission

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art celebrates the milestone centennial birthday of Bill Reid (1920–1998) with an exhibition about his extraordinary life and legacy, To Speak With ...  »

Riley Park Winter Farmers Market
31 Oct

Riley Park Farmers Market - Winter, Ontario Street, Vancouver

October 31, 2020 To April 24, 2021


Riley Park Winter Farmers Market opens for the 2020-21 winter season on October 31st, 2020. Shop from 70+ farms and producers, food and coffee trucks. WHEN & WHERE Date: ...  »

Hasting Park Winter Farmers Market
01 Nov

Hastings Park, East Hastings Street, Vancouver

November 1, 2020 To April 25, 2021


Riley Park Winter Farmers Market opens for the 2020-21 winter season on October 31st, 2020. Shop from 35+ farms and producers, food, and coffee trucks. WHEN & WHERE Date: ...  »

12 Nov

H Tasting Lounge, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver

November 12, 2020 To February 28, 2021



Escape to a winter wonderland in the heart of Coal Harbour this season with Winterlust. Indulge in an unparalleled dining experience within one of four stylishly decorated ...  »

Light Walk
20 Nov

Grouse Mountain Resort, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver

November 20, 2020 To February 28, 2021

Regular Admission

Experience magic in the trees on our enchanting Light Walk, open starting at dusk. The entrance is marked by a glowing light tunnel, just off of the ...  »

Vallea Lumina
27 Nov

Cougar Mountain Road, Whistler

November 27, 2020 To April 11, 2021

$24.99 to $29.99

Vallea Lumina, winter experience, created by Moment Factory and powered by The Adventure Group Whistler, will greet the season with a winter wonderland filled with dazzling lights, ...  »

Glow Gardens
08 Dec

Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216 St, Langley City

December 8, 2020 To January 31, 2021


Bring together the people you love to laugh, stroll & play under the twinkle of a million lights. Feel the warmth of Christmas Glow.  »

DuPlessis Family Christmas Display
07 Jan

8222 Burnlake Drive, Burnaby

January 7, 2021 To January 31, 2021


Lights are back on until January 31st, starting January 7th after being allowed by the City of Burnaby. There are lights everywhere, with angels upon the roofline, ...  »

All Aboard Mini Ramp
08 Jan

Ocean Art Works Pavilion, Johnston Street, Vancouver

January 8, 2021 To February 28, 2021

Free; Pre-register

All Aboard is excited to welcome skaters (19 and under) back to the Green Mini Ramp in Ocean Artworks. Due to COVID 19, this year will be pre-registration only ...  »

Carousel Theatre Drama School
09 Jan

CTYP, 1411 Cartwright Street, Granville Island

January 9, 2021 To March 14, 2021

$266 - $330

Participating in drama helps children in both life and learning. It increases their understanding of the world they live in, while it works to develop personal skills ...  »

A New Resilience
14 Jan

Port Moody Art Centre, 2425 St Johns St, Port Moody

January 14, 2021 To February 15, 2021



A body of work that corresponds with one of the most pressing current world issues – people fleeing their turbulent homelands searching for peace and prosperity. Iwasiuk’s ...  »

Are We Still Together?
14 Jan

Port Moody Art Centre, 2425 St Johns St, Port Moody

January 14, 2021 To February 15, 2021



A French artist based in Vancouver, Ghislain Brown-Kossi has been always surrounded by Art and Fashion since his childhood in France. His work aims to understand how ...  »

Timeless Pastimes
14 Jan

Port Moody Art Centre, 2425 St Johns St, Port Moody

January 14, 2021 To February 15, 2021



Timeless Pastimes shares imagery and objects that reflect the interests and traditions that inspire the artist and many Canadians across the land. People of all ages and ...  »

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
16 Jan

Various Locations, Vancouver

January 16, 2021 To February 14, 2021


The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival returns for its 10th year, bigger and better than ever, with Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice ...  »

Observing the Universe
23 Jan

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Chestnut Street, Vancouver

January 23, 2021 To January 24, 2021

$10 + taxes + fees

How do astronomers learn about stars, galaxies, and the universe from so far away? Join us at the Space Centre on January 23rd or 24th and learn ...  »

3rd Annual Robbie Burns Night
23 Jan

BREWHALL, 97 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

January 23, 2021


A night of fun in celebration of the Scottish Poet Robbie Burns. Enjoy a modern take on the traditional toasts, poems and auld lang syne! HOW MUCH ...  »

The Night Sky - Family Programming
29 Jan

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Chestnut Street, Vancouver

January 29, 2021 To January 31, 2021

$10 + taxes + fees

Join us at the Space Centre on January 29th (in the evening) or 31st (in the daytime)! Discover more about observational astronomy (the recording of data from ...  »

Super Saturday: Build-A-Boat!
30 Jan

Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster

January 30, 2021


$3 - $15

Taking place on the last Saturday of every month, Super Saturdays is a series of public programs geared towards family friendly activities that explore different features of ...  »

River Basin Days @ Serpentine Hollow!
06 Feb

Serpentine Hollow, in Tynehead Regional Park

February 6, 2021


$3 - $15

River Basin Days is a series of outdoor public programs geared towards families. Join us at rotating locations around the Fraser River Basin as we explore this ...  »

Vancouver Mural Festival Winter Arts
12 Feb

Various neighbourhoods in Vancouver

February 12, 2021 To February 28, 2021


get ready to experience the city like never before with VMF Winter Arts! Blurring the line between the real and virtual world, VMF Winter Arts will transform ...  »

Chapter 21
17 Mar

Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver

March 17, 2021 To March 21, 2021

$8 - $26

A World Premiere Presented by Firehall Arts Centre and Produced by Raven Spirit Dance In this dance/theatre piece choreographed by Starr Muranko and directed by Yvette ...  »

Imagine Van Gogh
19 Mar

Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver

March 19, 2021 To April 23, 2021

$34.99 - $99.99

In this exhibition, visitors of all ages discover a new way of reconnecting with the work of this great master. The very concept of Imagine Van Gogh ...  »

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