Are you looking for fun activities to take part in during your stay in Vancouver? The SUDS team has got your back! Below we have curated a list of some of our favourite activities for you to try out in the Vancouver area including some on our very own UBC campus!
With 30 incredible exhibits to check out, all with stunning and interesting animals, the Vancouver Aquarium is a must. The aquarium sits in Stanley Park, so it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the park before or after. Student tickets cost $34.45.Uber or Rent an EVO (via the app) and drive there in 35 minutesBus Stop: WB Stanley Park Dr @ Pipeline Rd - 1 hour 15 minutes
The Grouse Grind
Love nature and hiking? Put your stamina to the test at this classic Vancouver challenge. The Grouse Grind is a 2.5-kilometer trail straight up the side of Grouse Mountain. Downhill hiking is not allowed, so it is required that you buy a $20 download ticket. Rent an EVO (via the app) and drive there in 45 minutes
Go for a bike ride in Stanley Park
Vancouver has some incredible bike routes, but Stanley Park is the iconic favorite. Once named the World’s Best Park by Trip Advisor, make sure you rent a bike (from one of the several rental spots on Denman Street) and go for a ride. Uber or Rent an EVO (via the app) and drive there in 28 minutesBus Stop: WB W Georgia St @ Denman St- 50 minutes
Check out Gastown
Once upon a time, this now trendy neighborhood was Canada’s 3rd largest city! Filled with chic boutiques, cocktail spots and delicious restaurants, Gastown is the cutest spot in town. Make sure to check out the iconic clock!Uber or Rent an EVO (via the app) and drive there in 25 minutesBus Stop: EB W Cordova St @ Homer St - 50 minutes
You can’t come to Vancouver and not spend a couple of hours in Granville Island! Go to the market here to pick up some delicious food and a doughnut from the city’s favorite spot: Lee’s Doughnuts! Make sure to go from here to Yaletown/ Downtown on the water bus ($5 for a one-way experience)Uber or Rent an EVO (via the app) and drive there in 18 minutesBus Stop: EB W 4th Ave @ Fir St - 43 minutes
Walk (or cycle) along the Seawall
Vancouver’s Seawall is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path - it's 28km long! The Seawall extends 9km into Stanley Park and takes 2 to 3 hours to walk or 1 to cycle. However, the walk along it by Yaletown is a great walk too and a fun way to spend the sunny city weather. Start anywhere along the border of the city!
The best highlight of Vancouver’s Summer food scene is the Richmond Nightmarket. With the line-up starting at 5:30 pm, get hungry and head to this incredible market full of Chinese-influenced foods, art demonstrations, and stalls of knick-knacks. Admission is $7 and it’s definitely worth it.Uber or Rent an EVO (via the app) and drive there in 18 minutesBus Stop: Bridgeport Station - 56 minutes
Walk a suspension bridge
Vancouver has two suspension bridges, one of them more iconic than the other but also, therefore, filled with more tourists. Capilano Suspension Bridge is the more famous of the two but costs $49.95 for a student. Make sure to do the Cliffwalk and the nature trails if you go! There is a reason people pay… It's gorgeous. The other (free) option is Lynn Canyon Park has incredible waterfalls, trails, and places to have a picnic but of course, a suspension bridge too. Lynn Canyon Park is free and emptier.Uber or Rent an EVO (via the app) and drive there in 36 (Stanley Park) OR 44 (Lynn Canyon) Bus Stop: NB Capilano Rd @ 3600 Block - 1 hour 40 minutes (Capilano)Bus Stop: NM Mountain Hwy @ Argyle Rd - 1 hour 45 minutes
Pacific Spirit Park
Go on a run, or a walk, in Pacific Spirit Park. Located on the edge of the UBC campus, it’s the perfect way to get to know the nature of Vancouver. The trails are well maintained for runs and there is a 10km hike around the perimeter if you want to follow a set path.
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Right on UBC campus, we have an incredible collection of two million specimens, including a 26-meter-long blue whale skeleton! With a super interesting documentary on the skeleton’s excavation, this museum is worth checking out - especially considering it’s so close. A student ticket is $12.