Historical Attractions in VANCOUVER with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Vancouver, British Columbia!)

Vancouver is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Pacific Province city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Vancouver’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Vancouver when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Vancouver Art Gallery

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    (2 miles) Vancouver

    The Gallery stands in the centre of a city recognized as a nurturing ground for artistic talent. Through cutting-edge exhibitions, we feature the work of leaders in the field of contemporary art and ...

  • Lonsdale Quay

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    (4 miles) North Vancouver

    Lonsdale Quay features a fresh food market with local products, an international food court, specialty shops featuring local designers, kids shops & play area, restaurants & a boutique hotel and spa, ...

  • Museum of Anthropology at UBC

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    (7 miles) Vancouver

    The Museum of Anthropology is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia, twenty minutes from downtown Vancouver. The museum is also a ten minute walk from the main bus loop on ...

  • New Westminster Museum and Irving House

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    (10 miles) New Westminster

    Get immersed in the treasures of our exciting past while exploring events and artefacts from the City's early days. From sternwheelers to maypoles, visitors can glimpse back in time and see what life ...

  • Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada

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    (25 miles) Fort Langley

    Fort Langley is the exact location where, a century and a half ago, a huge fur trade organization called the Hudson's Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West ...

  • Kilby Historic Site

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    (52 miles) Harrison Mills

    A living history experience that takes you back to the 1920s, where you can explore the only reminder of the once thriving community of Harrison Mills.

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  • Playland Amusement Park

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    (4 miles) Vancouver

    Younger kids can enjoy over 11 gentle family rides including classic like merry go round, super slide and Honeybee Express. Older and braver types are spoilt for choice with 18 thrill seekers rides ...

  • Cyber City Adventures

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    (39 miles) Nanaimo

    We definitely know how to please all ages. The facility is open year-round & we offer everything from the toddler friendly Tube 'N' Tunnel, to the adrenaline pumping Quad Lessons.

  • Castle Fun Park

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    (43 miles) Abbotsford

    Year-round excitement awaits kids of all ages at Castle Fun Park! Offering three themed mini-golf courses (Coral Sea, Jungle and Outdoor), an exhilarating go-kart track, indoor batting cages, bumper ...

  • Cultus Lake Adventure Park

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    (53 miles) Cultus Lake

    Adventure is waiting just one hour from Vancouver with one of a kind rides and attractions from wave swingers to bumper boats, mine trains and more!

  • All Fun Recreation Park

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    (57 miles) Victoria

    Fun for all the family including batting cages, go karts, mini golf, RV Park, Mr.Tubbs Ice Cream Parlour and family fun zone and lots more.

  • Delta Vancouver Airport

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    (5 miles) Vancouver

    Only 20 mins from downtown Vancouver, this waterfront property is an oasis for all travellers. Cycle or take a leisurely stroll on 20 km of riverside trails that connect to the hotel.

  • Watermania

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    (15 miles) Richmond

    A complete aquatic and fitness experience under one roof, including: 57 metre competition pool, 1 and 3 metre spring boards, 5 metre tower, wave pool with interactive water play structure, ...

  • Newton Wave Pool

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    (15 miles) Surrey

    Indoor swimming with wave pool, 63m water slide, Pirates' Water Fortress interactive wet play zone.

  • Splashdown Park

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    (16 miles) Tsawwassen

    Featuring intermediate and advanced body slides, plus huge ramp slide and several kiddie slides, plus 320 ft of lazy river tubing ride with splash down ending. Greater Vancouver's Only Waterslide ...

  • Cultus Lake Waterpark

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    (53 miles) Cultus Lake

    Make a splash at the LARGEST water park in British Columbia!

  • Vancouver Aquarium

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    (1 miles) Vancouver

    Dive into another world at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, home to over 70,000 fascinating creatures. Come face to face with curious beluga whales, discover marine mammals from the Pacific ...

  • Maplewood Farm

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    (5 miles) North Vancouver

    Kids can get up close to a wonderful collection of over 200 domestic and friendly farm animals and birds, all in North Vancouver!

  • Capilano Salmon Hatchery

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    (6 miles) North Vancouver

    Capilano Salmon Hatchery was built below Cleveland Dam in order to rear and release the diminishing stock of both Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout. The hatchery is an ideal environment for visitors to ...

  • The Bug Lab Invertebrate Museum

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    (10 miles) New Westminster

    The Bug Lab is an educational company that offers mail-order sales for educational and teaching products related to arthropods, entomology and nature.

  • London Heritage Farm

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    (10 miles) Richmond

    London Heritage Farm is a 4.06 acre historical site that overlooks the south arm of the Fraser River. The site offers a 1880's farmhouse in a park-like setting with lovely heritage and herb gardens, ...

  • The OWL Rehabilitation Facility

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    (14 miles) Delta

    We would be delighted for you to visit OWL and have a guided tour of our permanent birds. The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is a non-profit organization whose volunteers are dedicated to ...

  • Honeyland Canada

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    (17 miles) Pitt Meadows

    At Honeyland we offer interactive and educational, private and public bee tours where kids and grown-ups will discover the marvelous world of honeybees and modern bee-keeping. The breathtaking view ...

  • Honeybee Centre

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    (19 miles) Surrey

    Visit the Bees & Bugs Lab at Honeybee Centre! Meet live insects, learn about their habitat, discover what they eat and where they live in the wild. See LIVE bees and watch a live beekeeping ...

  • Thunderbird Showpark

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    (27 miles) Langley

    Thunderbird Show Park holds Seven Major Hunter & Jumper show tournaments a year and hosts a variety of different equestrian events and shows. We welcome any type of event so please contact us for ...

  • Aldor Acres Dairy Centre

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    (27 miles) Aldergrove

    We have many attractions including an educational dairy tour, hayrides, a fall pumpkin festival, apples from our orchard, and Christmas trees too! Check individual attractions for opening dates, ...

  • Greater Vancouver Zoo

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    (30 miles) Aldergrove

    The Greater Vancouver Zoo is dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered species, and creating an educational environment that inspires appreciation and concern about wildlife and wild places, ...

  • Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

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    (44 miles) Sidney

    The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre showcases the extraordinary marine life in the waters surrounding the Gulf Islands. From plankton to Puget Sound King crabs, wolf eels to giant Pacific octopus, the ...

  • Victoria Butterfly Gardens

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    (50 miles) Brentwood Bay

    Where else can you have tropical butterflies land on you and see flamingos, geckos, tortoises and so many other great creatures big and small? Look no more, it is all waiting for you at Victoria ...

  • Pacific Undersea Gardens

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    (59 miles) Victoria

    Visit the amazing Pacific Undersea Gardens and GO DEEP in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. See the Live Dive Show in our exclusive Undersea Theatre on the bottom of the sea!

  • Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours

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    (59 miles) Victoria

    Eagle Wing Tours is a locally owned and family operated marine adventure eco-tourism company. Based in our floating sales office and interpretive centre at the historic Fisherman's Wharf in the inner ...

  • Beacons Hill Childrens Farm

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    (59 miles) Victoria

    Our Farm is located within beautiful Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, B.C. We take pride in being able to bring the farm animal experience into the city where some children may never see such animals up ...

  • Butterfly World and Gardens

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    (60 miles) Qualicum Beach

    offering lush orchid and tropical gardens to explore, walk through tropical bird aviaries and ponds full of life to explore, plus the big bug jungle lab educates and entertains.

  • False Creek Ferries

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    (1 miles) Vancouver

    False Creek ferries is the original ferry service.The fleet consists of ten vessels, including four 20-passenger diesel powered super­mini?ferries, and routes extend from the Maritime Museum in ...

  • Stanley Park Horse Drawn Tours

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    (1 miles) Vancouver

    Step aboard our old-fashioned carriages and meander in comfort through the natural beauty of Stanley Park, Vancouver's most popular attraction. Tours are 1-hour long and fully narrated.