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Vancouver for free

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Vancouver for free
Every local knows that the best attractions in Vancouver are free. From the seawall around Stanley Park to the panoramic vistas from the top of Cypress Mountain, here's a list of attractions that won't break your budget.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Queen Elizabeth Park
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Queen Elizabeth Park

Situated on Little Mountain - the highest point in Vancouver proper - this former rock quarry has been converted into a beautiful city park with flower gardens, public art, grassy knolls, and panoramic views over the city.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Lynn Canyon Park
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Lynn Canyon Park

Interesting park with a suspension bridge, trails and waterfalls and an ecology center.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Mount Seymour Provincial Park
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Mount Seymour Provincial Park

A 30-minute drive from downtown, this wilderness park includes a ski area and numerous hiking trails.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Lighthouse Park
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Lighthouse Park

Named for the Point Atkinson Lighthouse located on its grounds, this coastal and rugged park is popular for day hikes. A beautiful old growth temperate rainforest along Burrard Inlet offers several easy walking trails with beautiful panoramic views.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Whytecliff Park
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Whytecliff Park

This is a tiny cliffside park with access to the beach and scuba diving sites. Beautiful panoramic views of Howe Sound and Bowen Island can be found here, as well as grassy areas and picnic sites. It's a beautiful quick photo op for those visiting Horseshoe Bay.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Cypress Provincial Park
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Cypress Provincial Park

Just minutes from downtown Vancouver, this mountainous park offers a variety of forested hiking trails as well as panoramic views over Vancouver.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
Gastown
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Gastown

The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful Victorian-style architecture.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Chinatown
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Chinatown

A bustling community started by Chinese immigrant laborers in the 1880s, Chinatown today is vibrant and full of exotic sights, sounds and smells.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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