Now that BC has moved to Phase 3, local attractions and accommodations are opening up and welcoming local visitors once more! But with condensed hours, phased re-opening dates, and tightened capacities, it can be tricky to know where to go and when. To help you ease back into summer, we’ve created a list of the places that are opening up, and what you can expect when you go.
VANCOUVER LOCAL ATTRACTIONS THAT ARE NOW OPEN:
The Vancouver Aquarium has opened to welcome 25-30% of full capacity as of June 26. They now offer timed ticketing, where your pre-purchased ticket will display a specific time and date to visit, and will allow you approximately an hour and a half to enjoy your visit. Masks are required to be worn during your visit, and aquarium-themed masks are for sale on site if you don’t arrive with your own. You can buy tickets in advance online here, and this Know Before You Go video will tell you all you need to know to make sure your visit is safe and fun for everyone in the family.
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Add this to your day at Vanier Park or Kits Beach. A visit to the Vancouver Maritime Museum is a great way to get out of the sun and learn something new. Opened on June 11, visitors can now pre-book their tickets online here, and enjoy a safe, socially-distanced visit to the museum from Thursday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. Don’t forget to read the list of safety measures before you go!
Vancouver Farmers Markets
Vancouver Farmers Markets are now operating as essential services, but there are safety and distancing measures and maximum capacities in place. Please take a look in advance to know before you go! You can find details on locations, hours, and vendors on their website here. You can also enjoy your favourite Farmers Market finds from home with the new VFM Online Orders which allows you to view an online product list and place your orders online for home delivery.
CLOSE-TO-HOME GETAWAYS THAT ARE NOW OPEN:
Royal BC Museum
A visit to the Royal BC Museum makes a great addition to your Victoria weekend getaway or day trip. Selling timed tickets to ensure spacing as of June 19, the museum is taking mammoth precautions to create a safe space for visitors. Learn more about what they’re doing by reading their safety protocols here, and buy tickets online here before you go.
Shipyards District, North Vancouver
The updated Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood is a great outdoor space to stroll, play, and grab a bite of lunch, coffee, or ice cream. Learn more about what’s open this summer on their website here, and check out our feature on all there is to see and do when you enjoy a staycation at the Shipyards District online here.
Harrison Hot Springs
Just two hours from the city, you can escape to a lakeside paradise that offers biking, hiking, swimming and a gigantic floating waterpark on the lake for the big kids (and the young at heart). There are lots of outdoor spaces and beaches to explore, and accommodations to suit any type of traveller. For a list of what’s open, and the restrictions in place, visit their website here.
Manning Park Resort has officially reopened, allowing guests to enjoy a stay in their premium cabins, lodge rooms, chalets and more. The outdoor patio at the Pinewoods dining room is open for dine-in, and take-out options are also available for visitors. The trails are open for hiking and mountain biking, and the boathouse is offering canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboards for rental during your stay. To learn more and book your stay, visit the website here.