Things To Do In Vancouver

Tea Sparrow Tea Festival for Two or Four People (60% Off)

Tea Sparrow Tea Festival

Heritage Hall

Festival attendees sip samples of teas curated by Tea Sparrow’s members; guests can become members themselves at a discounted rate

C$10 C$4

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Six-Week Painting or Clay and Sculpture Class for One or Two Adults at 4Cats Arts Studio (Up to 54% Off)

4Cats Arts Studio

Multiple Locations

Instructors impart the techniques students need to create their own paintings, sculptures, or pottery pieces during one-hour classes

C$157.50 C$75

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$49 for 10 Drop-In Yoga Classes at Semperviva Yoga (Up to $139 Value)

Semperviva Yoga

Multiple Locations

Experienced teachers lead beginner-friendly classes in a welcoming studio filled with complimentary mats, props, and filtered water

C$139 C$49

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Two or Four at Town ‘N Country Bowl (Up to 46% Off)

Town 'N Country Bowl

Vancouver

Groups of two and four slip on a pair of non-slip heels for two games of classic 10-pin bowling

C$27 C$15

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Fall Harvest Beer- or Wine-Tasting Cruise for One or Two from Accent Cruises (Up to 51% Off)

Accent Cruises

Vancouver

Taste seven different wines or beers from cottage brewers on a 2.5-hour cruise through False Creek, English Bay, and the harbor

C$89 C$44

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Two-Hour or Full-Day Rental of a Hybrid or Mountain Bike from Spokes Bicycle Rentals (Up to 59% Off)

Spokes Bicycle Rentals

West End

Bikers take off with rentals to explore Stanley Park and the Seawall bike path

C$20 C$12

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Membership or Admission to Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the UBC Campus (Up to 51% Off). 5 Options Available.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the UBC Campus

Vancouver

The museum features 20,000 sq. ft. of exhibits and showcases over 500 permanent exhibits, temporary exhibits and interactive activities

C$35 C$17

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Two-Hour or Full-Day Bike Rental for One or Two from English Bay Bike Rentals (Up to 51% Off)

English Bay Bike Rentals

West End

Each rider receives a helmet and lock before pedalling away to explore Vancouver on a hybrid or mountain bike

C$18 C$9

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One-Day Unlimited Hop-On, Hop-Off City Bus Tour for One or Two from Big Bus Ltd. (Up to 46% Off)

Big Bus Ltd.

Vancouver

Double-decker and convertible buses make stops at more than 20 of Vancouver’s most interesting sites; guests may hop on and off at will

C$40 C$22.99

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$49 for 10 Mat Pilates and Yoga Classes or 1 Month of Unlimited Classes at Form Body Lab ($200 Value)

Form Body Lab

Downtown Vancouver

Mat Pilates classes; power yoga and more leisurely restorative-yoga sessions

C$200 C$49

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at The Yoga Practice (Up to 78% Off)

The Yoga Practice

Ambleside

Certified yoga instructors guide pupils of all abilities through drop-in classes held in an intimate boutique studio seven days a week

C$160 C$39

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Discover Scuba or Discover Snorkeling Course at Diving Locker (49% Off)

The Diving Locker

Kitsilano

Classroom briefings on underwater theory give way to scuba and snorkeling courses that teach diving basics within a large swimming pool

C$99 C$50

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One or Two Months of Kung Fu Classes at Ken Low Shaolin Kung Fu Institute (Up to 66% Off)

Ken Low Shaolin Kung Fu Institute

Vancouver

A ninth-degree master leads a kung fu studio that teaches students about self-defence, self-respect, and Chinese culture

C$100 C$35

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Wushu or Kung Fu Classes at Grand Master Xiao Martial Arts & Sports Fitness Club (Up to 55% Off)

Grand Master Xiao Martial Arts & Sports Fitness Club

Marpole

Master Benson Xiao teaches students traditional Chinese KungFu and self-defense techniques involving barehanded combat and weapons mastery

C$65 C$29

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10 Sessions or One Month of Unlimited Yoga, Pilates, and Dance Classes at Exhale Studio (67% Off)

Exhale Studio

Downtown Vancouver

Classes of all levels build core muscles, improving balance and flexibility inside this boutique studio

C$150 C$52

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One or Three Months of Boot-Camp Classes at Supra Fitness (Up to 63% Off)

Supra Fitness

Riley Park

Boot-camp classes combine kettlebell lifts, resistance exercises, and interval training to condition the entire body

C$90 C$39

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$49 for a One-Month Martial-Arts School Pass with Unlimited Classes and a T-Shirt at The Powerhouse ($169 Value)

The Powerhouse

Fairview

Gain strength and agility and build character in these self-defense karate classes taught by a 5th degree black belt Master

C$169 C$49

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$143 for $285 Worth of Personal Training at King Of Cut Fitness

King Of Cut Fitness

Vancouver

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

C$285 C$143

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As rock-climber, Andrew Coffey saw a growing interest in bouldering among his fellow climbers and he also noticed a lack of dedicated bouldering gyms in the city? so he decided to build one himself. He teamed up with architects and graphic designers to plot out a floor plan and contracted undulating walls of custom-designed rock that could be climbed without ropes. When he and his team finished laying the soft-mat flooring in the 10,000 square foot space, they'd finally brought The Hive to life. To supervise and lead classes, Andrew has gathered a team of climbers with extensive outdoor experience, including some who also hone their bodies for rock-climbing through gymnastics, dance, judo, and tai chi.

Inside the facility, instructors and visitors traverse overhangs, vertical angled slabs, an archway, and top-ups where they can climb up over the lip without any ropes. The walls reach up to 16 feet throughout most of the gym, with grades ranging from V0- to V10+, remaining closer to the ground and free of avalanches in a dedicated children's area. In one of the central structures, summit-reachers can glide back to earth in a tube slide.

Instructors require new visitors to take a tour and small lesson prior to climbing, and gym staffers change the challenging routes every three weeks to keep climbers from discovering hidden deposits of Skittles. They also teach in-depth techniques during short or long courses lasting up to five weeks and expand instruction to the outdoors during up to two-day programs. When not teaching visitors how to climb without ropes and evade roving packs of mountain bikes, gym staff host climbing competitions, special film screenings and parties for local climbers, where they pit their skills against each other in friendly competition.

520 Industrial Avenue
Vancouver,
BC
CA

China is famous for its breathtaking and meticulously landscaped gardens, the most famous of which were designed hundreds of years ago, during the Ming Dynasty. The ancient tradition is alive and well at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, where guests will find the same signature symmetrical arrangements and winding paths popular on the other side of the world.

Yet the garden isn't simply a recreation of the real thing?it was built by actual Chinese artisans from Suzhou, who constructed each walkway and hall in the traditional manner, using intricate joinery that does not require nails, screws, or glue. And, just like the gardens of a thousand years ago, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden boasts a design that aims to strike a balance between four elements: rock, water, plants, and architecture.

  • The rock: The garden's rock formations range from a man-made mountain at the center of the garden to a scattering of water-worn limestone boulders. The common denominator? They're all imported from the Suzhou's Lake Tai, down to the pebble.

  • The water: Jade green, due to the clay that lines the bottom of the garden's pond. The hue is an intentional artistic choice, meant to enhance the pond's reflections.
  • The plants: A blend of local plants and native Chinese ones, the garden's collection of flora ranges from cypress to miniature rhododendrons. Clusters of three winter plants?pine, bamboo, and winter-flowering plum?stud the terrain, symbolizing strength and rebirth.
  • The architecture: Visitors can step into assorted pavilions, including The Han Bi Xie (Jade Water Pavilion), which appears to float on the surface of the pond. The water flowing underneath it also keeps it refreshingly cool in the summer.
578 Carrall St
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Rolling strikes is in the Marino family’s blood. The family has presided over Grandview Lanes for three generations, ever since Louis Marino established the alley back in 1947. In those days, the pins had to be set by hand, a task Louis's son, George, remembers all too well. As he told Westender reporter Mary Frances Hill, "You'd have 40 women bowling during the day (in the 1950s), and only two pin setters […]. So we'd run around like crazy."

Today, machines act as the alley’s pin setters, but the Marinos are still around and running the show. George's daughter, Tammy, manages the modernized alley, where automatic scoring makes things easier for a younger generation that has never seen a real wooden pencil. Some things haven't changed though. Bowlers can still visit the lunch counter once run by George's mother, fuelling up between frames with burgers or pizzas laden with a dozen different toppings. And, of course, the game remains relatively unchanged. Downstairs, guests choose between 5-pin or 10-pin bowling, and upstairs, black lights and neon wall murals set the psychedelic stage for the sport's most modern update—glow bowling.

Aside from providing a hub for clean, family-friendly fun, Grandview Lanes actively supports the community by helping the fundraising efforts of organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis.

2195 Commercial Dr
Vancouver,
BC
CA

"Yoga, Pilates and Dance saved my life," declares Rachel Wainwright on Exhale Studio's website. Her path to these practices was spurred by a particularly rocky point in her life, when she craved a way to feel happy and alive. Diving into yoga, Pilates, and dance helped her feel at peace and more able to listen to her intuition, to such a point that she felt like she’d stumbled onto a secret. Desiring to share this feeling and her passion with others, Wainwright opened Exhale Studio—so named to serve as a constant reminder to release and let go. She gathered a team of like-minded instructors and, through her classes, started helping others to let go and embrace life while they built strength and balance.

In yoga sessions, clients gain flexibility and balance through a series of poses and breathing exercises. Yoga styles include refreshing hatha yoga, dynamic vinyasa flow, flexibility-boosting yin yoga, and tranquil candlelight yoga. They also offer Pilates classes that work to align the spine and build core muscles. Meanwhile, dance lessons help burn calories and build self-esteem while learning dance hall, Zumba, burlesque, belly dancing, hip-hop, and the correct spelling of the YMCA.

1083 Cambie St
Vancouver,
BC
CA

While hiking the craggy island shores of Kythera, Gloria and Scott Latham spotted something strange and wonderful: a bright yellow flower sprouting from the rocks. Known as a semperviva, this plant symbolizes abundant life, a symbol they'd sought for quite some time. When the couple returned to Vancouver and founded a yoga studio, the flower sprang to mind immediately. "The concrete structures of the city, the buildings, the sidewalks, and the roads were the equivalent of the craggy rocks of Kythera," Gloria says. "Our clients and friends are that bright yellow flower, the souls that are brilliant and thriving despite the hardships that life presents."

Today, Semperviva Yoga tempers the city's hustle and bustle with joy and peace. Inside its four local studios, friendships bloom among mats, blocks, and bolsters, which students may borrow for free. Here, seasoned instructors demonstrate yoga's power to cultivate flexibility and focus. Classical Hatha sessions offer plenty of cues to help students tailor the poses to their goals and limitations. Deep breaths and stretches fuel Vinyasa Power Flow routines, which build more strength and grace than a swan bench-pressing a ballerina. Several Semperviva studios feature boutiques, which foster healthy lifestyles with organic essential oils, biodynamic skincare products, and yoga-themed books.

2608 Broadway W
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Churning out diplomas since 1981, School of Mix sends its students through a variety of structured cocktail curriculums for both interested civilians and those who seek a career in professional drink slinging. Establishments around the Vancouver area and in international locales recognize School of Mix certificates and diplomas as indicative of all-around mastery of bar keeping and maraschino-cherry sculpting. Additionally, 75 per cent of those who finish a bartending or wine education go on to work with the school's event-staffing arm, Mix Event Staffing. ++++++++++++++++++++++++ In rooms packed with synthesizers, computers, and turntables, School of Remix's team of seasoned DJs and production engineers packs students' minds with the latest spinning and mixing techniques and technology during comprehensive courses. Coming from all walks of life and musical influences, the eclectic group of turntablists and producers bands together through their passion for music and talent for passing on their tuneful wisdom. Eyes open anew to software such as Logic Pro and Pro Tools, and equipment such as the Traktor Scratch Pro 2 and Serato Itch gets novices started on the right foot as more experienced students graduate to more sophisticated nicknames, such as DJ Shmee Jay.

1666 1st Ave W
Vancouver,
BC
CA