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From Stanley Park to Granville Island: Fairmont Waterfront’s guide to a fun-filled family vacation in Vancouver

From Stanley Park to Granville Island: Fairmont Waterfront’s guide to a fun-filled family vacation in Vancouver

If you’re looking for family getaway, look no further than the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this luxurious hotel offers stunning views of the harbour and mountains, world-class amenities, and is on the doorstep of a range of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained!

First and foremost, the Fairmont Waterfront offers spacious and comfortable rooms that are perfect for families. Whether you opt for a standard room or a suite, you’ll enjoy plush bedding, high-speed Wi-Fi, and plenty of space for everyone to relax and unwind. Some suites even come with private balconies where you can take in the breathtaking views of the harbor.

Beyond the accommodations, the Fairmont Waterfront offers plenty of activities and amenities for families. Our heated outdoor pool, which is open year-round, features stunning views of the harbour and is the perfect place for some aquatic fun no matter the weather! The hotel also has bikes available to guests, so you can get outside and take in some fresh air as you ride along the seawall to Stanley Park.

Of course, no family vacation would be complete without some exploring outside of the hotel. Fortunately, the Fairmont Waterfront is situated in a prime location for exploring Vancouver. Our top picks for you and your family to explore include:

Visit Stanley Park

Stanley Park in Vancouver_credit Destination Vancouver and Kindred & Scout
Stanley Park in Vancouver | credit Destination Vancouver and Kindred & Scout

Stanley Park is one of the most famous and beloved parks in Vancouver. This park is located in the heart of the city and has many attractions to offer. You can rent bikes and explore the park’s trails, visit the Vancouver Aquarium, or take a horse-drawn carriage tour. Our favourite tour on offer in the Park is a Talaysay Talking Trees Tour, during which a local Indigenous guide will point out local plants that were traditionally harvested by Skwxu7mesh Uxwumixw First Nations people. Talking Trees shares the stories of people, the land and the harmonious ways of living.

Explore Granville Island

Granville Island family | credit Destination Vancouver

Granville Island is a vibrant neighborhood located in False Creek, just a few minutes from downtown Vancouver. This neighborhood has a lot of activities to offer for families, including a public market, art galleries, theaters, and a kids’ market.

Take a walk on the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge | credit Destination Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge is a popular attraction located in North Vancouver. This bridge is suspended 230 feet above the Capilano River, and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding forest. There are also other activities available in the area, such as a treetop adventure course and a cliff walk.

Visit Science World

Science World | credit Yannick P

Science World is a fun and interactive museum located in False Creek. This museum has many exhibits that are both entertaining and educational for children and adults alike.

Take a day trip to Grouse

Grouse Mountain sledding | credit Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain, The Peak of Vancouver, is located just across the harbour from the Fairmont Waterfront in North Vancouver, only about a 20-minute drive away. This tourist hotspot is known for its skiing and snowboarding, but there are also many activities available during the spring break season, such as hiking, a visit to the Wildlife Refuge (where you can meet two grizzly bears!), and zip-lining.

Enjoy the beaches

Spanish Banks beach | credit Destination Vancouver

Vancouver has many beautiful beaches that are perfect for a day of relaxation or play. English Bay, Kitsilano Beach, and Jericho Beach are some favourite spots for a picnic packed full of goodies you’ve picked up at the Granville Island public market.

Bill Reid Gallery

Bill Reid Gallery | credit Destination Vancouver

The Bill Reid Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the work of the famous Haida artist Bill Reid, as well as other Indigenous artists from the Pacific Northwest. Families can explore the exhibits, attend cultural events and workshops, and learn about the rich cultural heritage of the First Nations peoples of the region.

Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology | credit Destination Vancouver

The Museum of Anthropology is one of the most popular museums in Vancouver, and for good reason. The museum is home to an extensive collection of indigenous art and artifacts from around the world, with a particular focus on the First Nations cultures of the Pacific Northwest. Families can explore the exhibits, attend cultural events, and participate in hands-on activities that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages.

Ready to book your family getaway? Check out our Family Package, which offers 50% off your second room, self-parking for one vehicle, an in-room movie each day and board games on request, and kid friendly snacks on arrival! Plus, kids under 12 receive 50% off when dining on our regular menu.

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