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Vancouver Inspiration Pass: Use Your VPL Library Card to "Borrow" Free Pass to Vancouver Attractions

By November 28, 2012

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The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) started a new program on November 1, 2012, called the Vancouver Inspiration Pass that lets families and kids enjoy Vancouver attractions and activities for free!

Here's how it works: If you have a VPL library card and are aged 14+, you can check out/borrow (just like a book) one Vancouver Inspiration Pass per year. You get the Vancouver Inspiration Pass for two weeks, during which time you can use the Pass to get free general admission to a variety of Vancouver attractions for you and your family (two adults and two kids under 18) or for a group of kids (up to 6 kids aged 14 - 18).

Because the VPL has only 120 Passes to loan out at any one time, you must place a hold (again, just as you would on a book) for your Pass. One week before the Pass is available to you, the VPL will notify you via phone or email. Starting on the day your Pass arrives (at your designated VPL Branch), you have the Pass for two weeks--so make sure you pick up the Pass as soon as you can, so you can maximize your free entries. You won't need to return the Pass at the end of your two weeks; it will expire automatically.

The Vancouver Inspiration Pass includes free general admission to:

The Pass also gets you free admission to one pitch and putt, one ice skating rink, cultural attractions, and more. See the Vancouver Inspiration Pass/VPL site for all the relevant information.

This is a great way "try out" Vancouver attractions for families and kids. For example, if you haven't been to Science World before, you can use the free admission to see if it appeals to your kids and, if it does, get the season pass (which is a much better value than paying for general admission more than two times). For families with young kids, check out my Guide to Vancouver Attractions for Kids for ideas on which attractions to explore during your two-week Pass.

If you've used the Vancouver Inspiration Pass, please comment--I'd love to hear what you think of this new program!

Image Courtesy of Science World


December 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm
(1) Bob Fox says:

Hi, as a former Vancouverite who lives outside of the city now this sounds like a great idea for those who still do live in the city.We visit the city from time to time and see the ongoing changes right before our eyes and a pass like this can only “re-connect” folks like us to a still wonderful city.But , from the article, I would guess that this pass is only available to folks who still live in town. Too bad it doesn’t include “outsiders” like us to come and visit our town once more and spend a few days getting reaquainted to the urban shuffle.Perhaps a wider window of opportunity for the pass. But yeah, a good idea, just a little tweaking perhaps? Cheers for now, Bob & Sue Fox(former Kerrisdale/Kitsalino residents).

December 3, 2012 at 12:19 am
(2) vancouver says:


Actually, you don’t have to live in Vancouver to get a VPL library card. (You do need a VPL library card to get an Inspiration Pass.) If you “live outside the city” in the Interlink area (which includes most cities near Vancouver, including Maple Ridge, Surrey, etc.,), you can get a VPL card. Check out how to get your VPL card via Interlink here.

And thanks for the great comment; I agree!

January 28, 2013 at 9:43 am
(3) vancouver says:


Actually, I was mistaken. Though people who live in the InterLINK area can get a VPL library card, you cannot borrow the Vancouver Inspiration Pass. Only Vancouver residents can borrow the Pass. Apologies for the error!

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