Another major attraction that can be done free. While the gondola ride to one of the mountain peaks is a fantastic is experience, it does cost an eye watering $45 CAD…BUT! You can hike up this mountain for free too. Bearing in mind it is a steep 3km ascent, you can manage this hike in 40 minutes (with a brisk stride). With free live shows on throughout the day up there, including the lumberjack show. In addition, the friendly/not-friendly bears are a real treat and make the trip so worth it.
Other than these two main attractions, there are many free things to do whilst in Vancouver without having to feel shame of skimping on money. My favourite things to do In Vancouver for free are:
Visit Wreck Beach
An internationally-acclaimed 7.8 km long clothing-optional Beach. Making it North America’s largest Naturist beach.
Walk through Stanley Park
400 hectares of West coast rainforest right in the city centre
Stroll down Yaletown/Gastown/Robson st/Granville st
Trendy areas will plenty of retail therapy. Guaranteed to see some nighttime ‘characters’. (Granville st being a personal favourite of mine)
A unique university with some of the most amazing campuses and grounds I have ever seen
See…the best things in life are free(ish)!