Vancouver is kid friendly. Take in one of the many shows at the aquarium in Stanley Park, walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge... more » 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. less «