Ten Things to Do in Vancouver This March

From cat cafes to professional soccer games, these activities will spice up your next visit 


 

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Rain or shine, there are tons of indoor and outdoor activities to fill your time in this great city. Here are a few of our favourite picks for your next trip to Vancouver.

Celebrate Francophone culture at the 2016 Festival du Bois

Don your favourite plaid shirt and head to this Francophone festival in Coquitlam, on until March 6. Choose from more than a dozen musical performances, play some street hockey or visit the Sugar Shack to make a maple treat during this three-day event. The festival is only a 45-minute Skytrain and bus ride away from downtown Vancouver.

Check out the Vancouver Art Gallery’s biggest exhibit ever

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, examines the evolution of mashup culture in art since the 20th century. It features 371 pieces of art from 156 artists, displayed on all four floors of the gallery building. The exhibit runs until June 12, 2016.

Cheer on your favourite soccer players at BC Place 

Having won all but one of their pre-season games, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC will start their regular soccer season in March on a positive note. The team will be playing at home against the Montreal Impact on March 6 and against the Houston Dynamo on March 26. Grab some game tickets to catch all the action.

Eat healthy at a new salad-focused restaurant

Be among the first to dine at Field & Social, which opened on Dunsmuir Street in late February. Choose from the menu’s eight different salad options like the Quinoa & Co or Field Cobb, then wash it down with a house-made lemonade or some on-tap kombucha. The bright, airy space is a stylish and healthy spot to grab a bite.

Explore Stanley Park on a bicycle

Rent a bike from Spokes Bicycle Rentals and experience Stanley Park on two wheels. Just head towards the park entrance to find the family owned and operated shop, which rents out everything from tandem bikes to seven-speed cruisers by the hour.

Meet a false killer whale named Chester and touch some stingrays

There are always lots of underwater creatures to see at the Vancouver Aquarium, but Chester is one of the coolest. The false killer whale has called the aquarium home since 2014 after he was rescued and deemed non-releasable due to his inability to survive on his own. He now shares a habitat with a dolphin named Helen (she was also rescued and non-releasable). March 10th also marks the opening of the aquarium’s new exhibit—Discover Rays—complete with a 50,000L touch pool, where you can touch and learn more about stingrays.

Pet some felines at Vancouver’s first cat café

Catfe has been the temporary home to several cats from the BC SPCA since opening its doors in December 2015. Animal-lovers can snack on a pastry and sip a cup of coffee while playing with the cats who call this space home—for now, at least. If you find yourself taken with a particular cat at the end of your visit, you can apply to adopt it.

Brave the heights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Footbridges hanging 110 feet off the ground and the new Cliffwalk—a cliffside trek through rainforest vegetation on a series of suspended walkways—are just some of the breathtaking, nature-filled experiences that await at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. If you’re feeling particularly brave, venture across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is suspended 230 feet over the Capilano River.

Satisfy your inner foodie on a market food tour

Step up your next visit to the Granville Island Market with a guided food tour. During the two-hour experience with Vancouver Foodie Tours, you’ll get to sample 20 different items ranging from locally made cheese to doughnuts. Find out the story behind some of your favourite market foods while you snack.

Stretch out your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Paint Vancouver green during the 2016 Celticfest. From March 10 to 17, the annual event will fill the city with Celtic musical performances, theatre shows and whisky tastings throughout the week. Don’t miss the popular St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 13.

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