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Vancouver is a great place with lots of excitement going on all the time. There’s so much to see and do, it’s hard to know just where to start.

Of course, if budget isn’t an issue, the sky’s the limit. But for those of us trying to save a few pennies wherever we can, it’s nice to know there are equally as many things to do in our great city that actually cost nothing.

That’s right, nada, zilch, zip, zero. Here’s a rundown of a few of our favourite free activities in the Greater Vancouver Area.

Granville Island

Granville Island. Image courtesy of GranvilleIsland.com

Granville Island. Image courtesy of GranvilleIsland.com

History, arts, restaurants, farmers market, theatre, galleries and studios and much, much more. That’s Granville Island in a nutshell. But it’s so much more. It’s an island within the city, surrounded by water, with something for everyone. You’ll find artists and artisans selling their wares and showing off their art, farmers sharing their freshest produce and bakers teasing you with their treats. The restaurants are some of the best in the city, and there’s even a play area for kids.

There’s so much to see and do on Granville Island, it’s hard to explain it in a few words. We encourage you to come see for yourself.

 

 

Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park

Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park from July to August 2015.

Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park from July to August 2015.

Who doesn’t love Stanley Park? It’s huge, beautiful trees, the animals living it up, those larger-than-life Totem poles, and everything else this beautiful sanctuary-in-a-city has to offer. But one thing you might not know about Stanley Park is that every summer, from July to September, there are free outdoor movies. Just imagine a beautiful summer night at dusk, sitting on a blanket with your family and friends, and enjoying one of the best blockbusters from the last 20 years. The list of 2015 movies hasn’t been released yet, but visit their Fresh Air Cinema website throughout the month of June for this summer’s lineup.

MacMillan Observatory

H.R. MacMillan Observatory. Photo courtesy of www.vancitybuzz.com

H.R. MacMillan Observatory. Photo: www.vancitybuzz.com

The MacMillan Observatory offers admission by donation to the public on Friday and Saturday nights from July 1 to Labour Day, and on Saturday nights only from Labour Day to June 30.

Visit their website for more information on special shows, and other fun things to do.


Richmond Night Market 

Photo courtesy of Richmond Night Market

Photo courtesy of Richmond Night Market.

From now through mid-October, enjoy the Richmond Night Market and its 80+ food stalls and 200+ vendors. With a zip line and amusement park rides available, it’s a great place for the whole family. The market is open from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays. For directions, admission costs and more information visit their website.


Tour Guys

Photo courtesy of www.vancitybuzz.com

Photo courtesy of www.vancitybuzz.com

For a fun 1-2 hours you can tour parts of Vancouver with the Tour Guys for free. Tips are encouraged to help thank the guide for their service, however the tours themselves are free. They offer four tours in downtown Vancouver that run on certain days of the week, or everyday depending on the tour itself. Visit their website for more information. They also offer free tours of Toronto in case you’re heading east for a visit.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery
Tuesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. the gallery is open to the public and admission is based on donations. The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to some of the pieces of Emily Carr, Chagall, and Jeff Wall amongst others. And being the largest art gallery in Western Canada, it promises some incredible art available nowhere else.

We’d love to hear your favourite FREE things to do in Vancouver. Leave us a comment below to share your go-to spots.

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