Alcohol Free Activities in Vancouver

Getting out and about is always great, but sometimes you want something fun that doesn’t involve a hangover the next day? Check out the Health & Fitness group on the GirlCrew app and in the meantime, we’ve put together some of our favourite things to do in Vancouver that don’t involve going to a bar. 

Grouse Grind hike

The Grouse Grind hike is a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” The views at the top are meant to be amazing. If you are a bit concerned about your fitness and whether you are able for such an intense hike, the vast majority of visitors go up via the SuperSkyride Aerial Tramway so you can still take in the gorgeous scenery without breaking a sweat.

Go see a movie…in a morgue!

Not for the faint-hearted, the Vancouver Police Museum host this monthly event featuring scary, funny, and action-packed movies… in a morgue. Make sure to bring comfy pillows and blankets as it gets cold down there.

A g..g..g..ghost!

Following on from one spooky experience, why not go ghost hunting! Ghostly Vancouver tours have lots of great walks that show you some of Vancouver’s most notorious neighborhoods. Learn lots of weird, wonderful and scandalous history in addition to countless hauntings. Stories come from first-hand accounts, paranormal investigation groups, and local legends. Did anyone else just feel a chill?

Whale watching

All of my friends who have been to Vancouver have always recommended going whale watching. There are lots of great tours to choose from but Wild Whales Vancouver is Granville Island’s oldest and best-known whale-watching company. Wild Whales Vancouver is a strong supporter and member of the Pacific Whale Watchers Association (PWWA) who are committed to research, education and responsible wildlife viewing.

Food market

Vancouver Foodie Tours offer food tasting and cultural walking tours, introducing locals and visitors to one-of-a-kind dishes that show off Vancouver’s culinary scene. Indulge in tasty signature dishes at award-winning Vancouver gourmet restaurants, food shops, and food trucks. Learn about the origin of ingredients and how special dishes are prepared.

Go on an art tour

‘North Vancouver is home to over 100 public works of art spread across the North Shore. Public art can be found in libraries, along with nature trails and public walkways, in parks and shopping plazas. Each piece is an original, one-of-a-kind work that is specifically created to reflect and express North Vancouver’s local heritage, culture, and environment.’ – Vancouver’s North Shore.

Mad science

There are so many exhibits to check out at the Science World Museum, I think you could spend a whole week there! The little ones can have their birthday parties here or there is also adult only events featuring Ripley’s Believe or Not. Check out their art displays, Omnimax theatre, and the Illusions exhibit. There’s just so much to see!

Escape Room

I’ve read about many Escape Rooms but Locked Canada looks absolutely terrifying! There are multiple levels of difficulty and themes to choose from including ‘Abduction’. What sets Locked apart from other escape rooms, is the dedicated writers. They see how a team gets through a puzzle and come up with new ways to make it more entertaining and interesting. Noone plays the same game twice.

Theatre under the stars

Theatre Under the Stars is a not for profit society that entertains families and friends through popular musicals. The shows have been a Lower Mainland tradition, delighting generations of locals and tourists alike under the stars in the outdoor setting of Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

Take a dance class

The Harbour Dance Centre is right in the heart of the city on Granville Street. With over 125 classes a week to choose from, you’re bound to find a style of dance you like. The intro classes are great for anyone who is a complete beginner and just wants to have fun and sweat a lot.

Now that you have some things to do in Vancouver, all you need are people to do them with. We’ve some fab tips on how to make friends in Vancouver, and local artist, Skye Wallace is a lady we love. What are some of your favourite things to do in Vancouver? Let us know in the comments. Don’t forget to download the GirlCrew app and if you go any adventures with your new friends, tag us in any pics @GirlCrewHQ

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