Going out dad: 10 activities adapted to public transport

Whether it’s Father’s Day, a birthday or a day to spend time with dad, we can take you to many transit-friendly places in Metro Vancouver to bond with your old (or not-so-old) self.

There are many entertainment options to choose from, especially with the diversity of landscapes and cultures in our region. You can do something new, be active, or just…relax.

All you need is our practice trip planner to find out how to get anywhere in the region by public transport.

do something new

1. Go whale watching, sightseeing or city tours

Whales on the surface of the water while a large yellow boat with passengers watches in the background

Although we can take you on a quick water adventure on the SeaBus, it doesn’t have the same thrill as ride on a zodiac-style ship and whale watching to Granville Island or waterfront tourism at the Port of Vancouver.

We can however take you there!

But if you don’t fancy getting a little wet, take a walking tour instead while learning the spooky stories of the streets of Vancouver! Vancouver’s Banned Walking Tours Start in Gastown, a short walk from Waterfront station.

2. Go on a foodie tour at Richmond Night Market

From spring to fall, you can experience epic Asian street food at Richmond Night Market, just one block from the Bridgeport train station!

3. Go to a show

There is always something new and exciting happening in Metro Vancouver! Take your dad to a live show, whether it’s a music bar in downtown Vancouvera theatrical performanceor any other shows in town!

We can always take you there. Find your route on translink.ca/tripplanner.

4. Go for a beer crawl

Chat with dad while tasting the best of local brews. East Vancouver is full of breweries that some have even nicknamed “Yeast Van”!

From Main–Street Science World Station, you can walk to many breweries.

You can also take a brewery tour in Port Moody. Brewers Row on Murray Street is home to some of BC’s most renowned craft breweries, just steps away from each other! Take the Millennium Line to the Moody Center station and Murray Street is just around the corner.

It can be tempting to go on a little beer tasting binge, a gentle reminder to drink responsibly and get home safe!

Be active!

Prefer to sweat with pops?

5. Go for a hike

A steep Grouse Grind trail, surrounded by towering trees
Grouse Grind Trail

The hike should make for a good sweat session!

Here are some transit-friendly hiking destinations for each level of difficulty:

  • Easy: Lyn Creek (Route 228), Lighthouse Park (Highway 250)
  • Moderate: Coquitlam Crunch (A few steps from the Inlet Center station)
  • Hard: Grouse Grind (Hwy 232, 236), Mount Burnaby Conservation Area (Highway 144)

Do you want more ? Check out these epic transit-friendly hikes in Metro Vancouver!

6. Ride a bike

Pedestrian and bicycle path on the Canada Line Bridge between Marine Drive and Bridgeport Station
Pedestrian and bicycle path on the Canada Line Bridge

If you just feel like cruising while enjoying the view, ride a bike. Integrate public transit into your commute to travel further. If you take the bus, you can ride your bike on bus carrier. Learn more about take your bike.

7. Take rides at Playland

Aerial panoramic view of Playland amusement park on a bright sunny day.

If you’re ready for another level of adrenaline than biking, take dad on rides at Playland! It opens during the summer. Playland is served by many bus routes such as R5, 14, 16, 04 and 27. Find your fastest route on translink.ca/tripplanner.

8. Go for walks in other neighborhoods

Wide view of the Coal Harbor breakwater at sunset
Coal Harbor Breakwater

Not ready for extreme rides, but still want to get around? To stroll!

Each neighborhood in our region has its unique qualities. Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver offers a panoramic display of downtown Vancouver, a farmer’s market and a host of seasonal activities held at the shipyards. Let the SeaBus take you there!

On the other side, Coal Harbor offers panoramic views of North Vancouver and the mountains beyond, a 5.77 kilometer walk and bike ride along the seawall, and a variety of restaurants to try. There is a lot of modes of public transport which will take you directly to the area.

Regardless of piece it might be in Metro Vancouver, we can take you there!

9. Go shopping

You can also stroll and shop at the same time! (And maybe ask dad to choose a gift!) All malls and malls in our area can be reached by public transport.

Take a relaxing day

Prefer to relax?

10. Go on a picnic

A wide view of Kitsilano beach and the Vancouver skyline and people relaxing by the sea
Kitsilano Beach

There are plenty of picnic-worthy parks near you to sit back and relax with Dad. If cracking open a can of refreshing beer while eating tacos and watching the sunset sounds like a good idea, check out these parks where you can bring alcohol in Vancouver. Drink responsibly!

Exploring the city and all its glory is a great way to spend time with your dad or father figure. Wherever you choose to go, know that there are many destinations we can take you to. Just find directions on our trip planner!

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