Spring Activities in Vancouver

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The snowy weather is finally gone, so now is your chance to spend a little time outside for some fun spring activities. Need some inspiration for new outdoor events and places to try? Here are some suggestions for how to be a tourist in your own city!

Visit a New Neighbourhood
Want to explore something close by, but perhaps a little bit different? Take a stroll through one of these charming Vancouver neighbourhoods
Chinatown – Chinatown has lots of character, great restaurants, and a rich cultural experience.
Granville Island – Check out the fun artisan shops, great seafood restaurants, and fresh produce in the public market.
Deep Cove – Deep Cove is a beautiful community on the North shore. Enjoy a hike at Corry rock or a waterfront walk, rent a kayak, or simply enjoy the quaint neighbourhood stores, cafes, and restaurants.
Steveston–Steveston’s small community within Richmond is famous for their Fisherman’s wharf with restaurants, shops, cafes, and plenty of fish n’ chips joints. Great for a sunny day.
Yaletown – Yaletown has it all, complete with a beautiful waterfront view, great restaurants, and shopping.

Take up a New Sport
We’ve all heard the benefits of exercise, including keeping your body healthy, warding off dementia, and keeping you sharp and happy. With the beautiful spring time here, take advantage of it by doing something outside but remember, always be safe!
Nothing coming to mind? Try some of these activities:
– Yoga or Tai Chi
– Biking
– Tennis
– Swimming
– Dance Class
– Fishing
– Gardening
– Hiking! Look for local trails at: http://www.trailsbc.ca/

Visit a Museum or Gallery
Vancouver Art Gallery – Located in the heart of downtown, the Vancouver Art Gallery is a great place to check out art work. Tuesday nights are by donation. For more information, visit: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/exhibitionsca/
Museum of Vancouver – The Museum of Vancouver features exhibitions relating to Vancouver and its history. Find out more at: http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/exhibitions
Museum of Anthropology (MOA) – Located on the UBC Campus, MOA has a great world collection of artifacts to check out. Also of note is the extensive collection of First Nations artifacts. Find out more at: http://moa.ubc.ca/

The Aquarium – Not quite a museum, but a great place to visit nonetheless. The Vancouver Aquarium is dedicated to conservation as well as public education about marine life. Find out more information at: http://www.vanaqua.org/about

Visit a Garden
Here in Vancouver, we have so many beautiful gardens which make for a great spring activity.
Vandusen Botanical Gardens– Vandusen has 55 acres of beautiful plants from all over there world. Find out more at: http://www.vandusengarden.org/explore/vandusen-botanical-garden/
Bloedel Conservatory – While not quite a garden, this conservatory within Queen Elizabeth Park is a fun little spot where you can see some tropical plants and over 120 kinds of tropical birds. Find out more at: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bloedel-conservatory.aspx

UBC Botanical Gardens – On UBC Campus, the UBC Botanical Gardens is the oldest university botanical garden with over 7500 species of plant! Find out more at: http://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/
Nitobi Gardens – Also on UBC Campus, Nitobi Garden is a Japanese Garden famous for its authenticity. It considered one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens outside Japan. Find out more at: http://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/visit/nitobe-memorial-garden/
Sun Yat San Gardens – A great place to visit in Chinatown, complete with elements of a traditional 15th century Chinese garden. The Garden’s pond is going through a restoration from Feb 1 – Apr 23, 2017, but the garden will still remain public. Find out more at: http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/