Vancouvertastic – Great, Free, Cheap and Many Things To Do In The Greater Vancouver Area

Vancouver, the whole lower mainland, and British Columbia is Fantastic.

Here at Vancouvertastic I will be building a site that en-devours to show everyone and allow everyone to discover what is so fantastic about living here. I’m not sure where I will go with this site so please follow my Journey as I discover all the great things to do and see here:

For now here is a list of things to do in Vancouver for a start.

Here is a list of FREE (or nearly free) activities, tours and attractions to do around Vancouver.

I love this city, and I love free stuff, so it seemed logical to combine the two and compile a list of free things to do in Vancouver. Think of it as the ultimate checklist for year-round activities – all free of charge. Some are indoor, some outdoor. Some are exciting, others relaxing. I’m going to begin my list by borrowing from Tourism Vancouver and build my list from there using my own experiences as I develop this page

Visit Granville Island
Once home to some serious industry, Granville Island is now anchored in the arts and crafts community, and is one of the best places for families and anyone else to experience Vancouver. I love all the small individual shops and art displays. the food market is awesome even if some of the stuff is rather expensive for someone who doesn’t live in Vancouver. I try to eat something different every time I go there. You’ll often enjoy watching some buskers their too, sit down, relax, enjoy. You might want to enjoy a small ferry ride too. Watch out for seaguls!

Read about the ” Secrets of Granville Island” from Vancouver Tourism Here…

People Watch in Vancouver
Probably my Favourite thing to do while in Vancouver. There is such a beautiful variety of people to watch and possibly meet and perhaps chat with in Vancouver. How do you really get to know the city ? Hanging out in different neighbourhoods and soak in the vibes.

Check out all of Vancouver city’s neighborhoods here.

Walk Around Canada Place
Downtown’s Canada Place is simply a great place to relax and watch the cruise ships, or walk the Canadian Trail. your real close now to Stanley Park. Take a look at the North Shore mountains, they are fantastic. North Vancouver is where I mostly grew up

Vancouver’s Art
Vancouver’s art galleries never cease showcasing some of the most cutting-edge art in the country, many of them are free to browse.

Vancouver Art Gallery on Tuesday nights. From 5pm to 9pm every Tuesday night, enjoy the exciting exhibits inside the Vancouver Art Gallery, – 750 Hornby Street. It’s a “by donation” – so whatever…

Rennie Collection at Wing Sang. The Rennie Collection is located inside Chinatown’s oldest building, the Wing Sang. Location: 51 East Pender Street, Vancouver. Cost: FREE! Select dates and times in June and July. Check their website here… Rennie Collection

Contemporary Art Gallery 555 Nelson Street
Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Sunday 12 – 6pm
Free Admission

Window Shop in Vancouver’s Best Shopping Districts
Robson Street, Yaletown, Commercial Drive…the city’s shopping neighbourhoods. Don’t buy anything and it will be free !

Gaze at the Stars at GMS Observatory
1100 Chestnut St
Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
Phone: 604.738.7827

Right next to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, the observatory is admission by donation and offers public viewings on Friday and Saturday evenings (July 1 to Labour Day), and Saturday evenings (Labour Day to July 1).

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park
Not to be confused with the adjacent Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, Sharing the same pond, the park is an extension of the Garden which charges $10 admission, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park provides the public with an opportunity to experience elements of a Chinese garden — all free of charge.

Visit the Beach & maybe go au natural!)

Vancouver’s quintessential beach experiences present views of the mountain, water, downtown skyline and forest – all absolutely free of charge.

Wreck Beach

I haven’t been there for a long time, now I have a lot of extra skin to get burned, but Its on my list to visit again soon. This secluded beach is Canada’s first and largest, legal, clothing-optional beach. located at the western tip of Vancouver, adjacent to the University of British Columbia campus, down a long flight of steep stairs. (500 steps I believe) Make sure you have enough energy to get back up.


Get Stuffed with Costco’s Free Samples. I used to work in Surrey near Their Costco, and I used to walk their every lunch hour to fill up on free samples for lunch. I still like visiting Costco to fill up. Saturday is the best day to go – you’ll need a membership card or a friend with a membership card to get in)
605 Expo Blvd, Vancouver


Stanley Park
Stanley Park is the envy of the world. Cross it on a horse-drawn carriage ( not free) or better, just wander on foot, though be warned, at 400 hectares (1,000 acres) it’s slightly bigger than New York’s Central Park, making it the largest urban park in North America. Because it’s almost an island, Stanley Park is wrapped with a sea wall that offers nine kilometres (five miles) of spectacular waterfront views.The 28 km Seaside Greenway is an uninterrupted pathway, including the Stanley Park Seawall,


Check out UBC

Take a tour of the University of British Columbia , one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.
Just walk and wander around , you will find lots of interesting things to see, or you can check out some UBC attractions here before you set out. Maybe go on a virtual tour before you set out to UBC.