Families & Kids

Vancouver Kids & Families

Vancouver is a great place for kids to have fun. There are dozens of attractions which are specifically for the little ones as well as parks, beaches, sports venues and events which should keep them humming happily for a long time. Smart kids can get smarter by visiting the Science Centre, the Space Centre or the Aquarium. If their feeling just a little to rambunctious for that, how about some laser tag or perhaps they just want to dissipate all that extra energy at one of the areas Go Banana centres. What about some sports action, take in a game of professional football or soccer, Vancouver even has baseball now. If you're looking for a great view of the city take the kids up Grouse mountain on the skyride or perhaps try the Vancouver Lookout, which is right downtown and offers a spectacular view from fifty floors up.


Many of the surrounding regions have rocky shorelines which allow for the creation of tide pools, my favourite area being Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. At low tide, the inter-tidal zones along the shores contain pools with a wealth of life. Star fish, anemones, sea cucumbers, crabs, urchins and a supporting cast of dozens more are usually in attendance. These tidal pools make for some very entertaining and educational viewing.

One of the biggest draws for nature lovers is a chance to view the whales as they move through the area. Several companies provide nature tours so you can observe the bird colonies, seal haul outs and hopefully a pod of whales.

Attractions for Families and Kids

Nature, Whale Watching & Nature Viewing

Vancouver & Greater Vancouver

Vancouver Island


Flora and Fauna

British Columbia (Abridged)



Nature Links


Vancouver Island


Parks, Lands, Rivers, Lakes & Marine Conservation Areas

Provincial Ecological Reserve

British Columbia Ecological Reserves

Click on the link above for information on any of the following reserves.

  • Anne Vallee - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Ballingall Straight - Gulf Islands
  • Bowser - Central Vancouver Island
  • Brackman Island - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Beresford Island - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Checleset Bay - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Clanninick Creek - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Claude Elliott Creek - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Cleland Island - Central Vancouver Island
  • Comox Lake Bluffs - Central Vancouver Island
  • Canoe Islet - Gulf Islands
  • Duke of Edinburgh - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Galiano Island - Gulf Islands
  • Haley Lake - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Harmony Bay - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Hudson Rock - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Klanawa River - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Ladysmith Bog - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Megan River - Central Vancouver Island
  • Misty Lake - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Mount Derby - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Mount Elliot - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Mount Maxwell - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Mount Tuam - Gulf Islands
  • Mount Tzuhalem - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Nimpkish River - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Oak Bay Islands - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Nitinat Lake - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Race Rocks - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Robson Bight - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Rose Islet - Gulf Islands
  • San Juan Ridge - Southern Vancouver Island
  • San Juan River Estuary - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Sartine Island - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Satellite Channel - Gulf Islands
  • Saturna Island - Gulf Islands
  • Solander Island - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Sutton Place - Central Vancouver Island
  • Tahsish River - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Ten Mile Point - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Trial Island - Southern Vancouver Island
  • Tsitika Mountain - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Tsitika River - Northern Vancouver Island
  • Woodley Range - Southern Vancouver Island

    Click on the link above for information on any of the reserves listed.



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