There are loads of options for water activities and water play in Vancouver in the summer. Families can head to one of the Top 5 Vancouver Beaches for free fun in the sand and surf, play in Vancouver's outdoor public pools, kayak False Creek, or visit one of the best Vancouver water parks.
Use this Guide to Vancouver Water Parks to find the best water parks in Vancouver, including free water and spray parks for the kids as well as giant water parks for all ages.
1. Free Granville Island Water Park
The biggest free water park in North America is located in the heart of Vancouver, on Granville Island. Open from Victoria Day - Labour Day, the Granville Island Water Park is one of the most popular Vancouver water parks for young kids (this isn't a park for adults, or even teens). The park includes one large water slide, plus multiple water pipes, fire hydrants, and sprays. There's also a special area for toddlers, making this an ideal choice for families with very young children. The ground is pavement, so make sure the kids have water-proof shoes they can use while there. (Kids can go barefoot, but water-proof shoes will make it easier to run and play.)
Schedules & Directions: Granville Island Water Park. Note: Not all of the park's features are open daily during its entire season run, so check the schedule before your trip.
2. Free Variety Kids Spray Park at Stanley Park
The most scenic Vancouver water park is another kid-oriented favourite: the Variety Kids Spray Park at Stanley Park, open June - August. Like the Granville Island Water Park, this park is free but not all-ages: it's primarily geared towards kids 10 and under. As a "spray park," kids can run through water cannons, water pipes and sprayers (on pavement, so bring water-proof shoes), but there are no water slides here. It is a great way to cool the kids off after a day exploring Stanley Park!
Schedules & Directions: Variety Kids Spray Park at Stanley Park
3. Splashdown Park: Giant Water Parks for All Ages, Part I
For Vancouver water parks that have all the amenities--multiple giant water slides, rides, all-ages fun--you have drive a bit farther than Granville Island or Stanley Park. But not too far! Splashdown Park in Tsawwassen (open June - Labour Day) is just 45-minutes away from Vancouver (by car) and is great for all ages. It's also ideal for families with kids, since it has special kids' slides and areas.
Schedules & Admission Rates: Splashdown Park
4. Cultus Lake Water Park: Giant Water Parks for All Ages, Part II
Located a little farther away than Splashdown, Cultus Lake Water Park is near Chilliwack, about an hour-and-a-half drive from downtown Vancouver. Open June - August, this giant water park includes tons of adventure water slides for all ages; it's definitely a water park adults and older teens will love.
Schedules & Admission Rates: Cultus Lake Water Park