Vancouver Family-Friendly Walking Tour

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Family-Friendly Walking Tour is a 6.5 mile out and back trail located near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.5 miElevation gain272 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Vancouver is kid-friendly. Take in one of the many shows at the aquarium in Stanley Park, walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, or take the miniature train in Stanley Park. But no place in the city offers a compact collection of attractions as you'll find in Vanier Park and nearby Granville Island. It is within easy walking or bus or cab distance of downtown, on the south shore of False Creek just a short walk west of Granville Island and on the eastern edge of Kitsilano. While the park embraces a wide range of activities and places to explore, it is also a fun place for families who want to fly kites or for those who just want a great view of the city's shoreline. It is also where you'll find the Vancouver Space Museum and H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, the Vancouver Museum (located in the Macmillan complex), the Gordon Southam Observatory, the Vancouver Maritime Museum and St. Roch, and the Vancouver Academy of Music. In addition it's the site of two major annual events - the Bard On The Beach Shakespeare summer festival and the International Children's Festival. Named for the former Governor General of Canada, George Vanier, the park opened in 1967 after former lumber baron H.R. MacMillan donated $1.5 million for the construction of a planetarium that opened a year later. Several of the attractions are named after MacMillan.

If you drive to the park, be sure you leave nothing visible in your car. There are occasional vehicle break-ins. Save money by buying an Explore Pass, valid for one visit to all three Vanier Park attractions (Museum, Planetarium, Maritime Museum) at a discount price.

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Emilia Stoker
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Walking

Not much nature, but a nice short trail near the center.

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Dabi Boo
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Bike touringGreat!
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Janis Zhong
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Walking

Lived in this city for so long and this was the first time that I spent taking a long stroll to appreciate the scenery that is so readily available to us. This walk is definitely filled with some of the best views of the downtown skyline and the mountains that compliment it!

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Jason Hatter
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Walking

This was an absolutely gorgeous trail. Terrific walk along the shoreline on a beautiful day. There are plenty of restaurants and amenities along the trail. This was my first hike in Canada… This was also my first hike with my girl Danielle.She loved this trail immensely was absolutely impressed with all of the aesthetics of the water, the residences, and evenly rowing teams in competition. In short, great trail for anyone passing through Vancouver. This took you by several places of interest along the waterfront.

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Joanna Me
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Walking

My home is on this trail, so I've done it dozens of times. A beautiful walk or bike ride. Bring your dog and stop at off-leash parks.

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Edward B
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Walking

Very Busy otherwise an enjoyable walk with lots of great views and Granville Island!

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Zachary Austin
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Walking

great seaside walk, take advantage of the multimillion dollar views. if you want to loop around possible to walk right around along the water and cross one of the bridges or catch the water taxi for 2.75. another alternative is to rent bikes and bike this loop and if you feel ambitious do the seawall too! stop for lunch at granville island or denman st up from the laughing statues

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sewa sewa kang
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great

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beverly grant
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Steve Li
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Gemma Grace
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Lai Xiaoping
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Gunjan Agarwal
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Rosmery Caridad Morera Amayo
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David Twomey
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Mitchy May Ynhante
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Mark Yang
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Lucas Mageste
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Louisa S-H
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Anna Chrapchynski
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Jenny Chen
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Sho Stilo
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Ed Botham
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Jaffer Araujo
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Justin Greer
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Steve Li
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Dahye Kim
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