Many people think you need a car to see all the good places. But that’s not true. I wrote before about living in Vancouver without a car. Please read it for good tips on making life easy and fun without a car.

So, what can you do in Vancouver without a car? Lots! The city has many places you can reach by public transport, bike, or just walking.

Things to Do in Vancouver Without a Car

In this guide, I will share with you the Top Spots in Vancouver You Can Visit Without a Car

Stanley Park

How to reach: Take bus #99 to Stanley Park Drive or bus #19 to Lost Lagoon Drive. You can also cycle or walk from downtown Vancouver.

Things to do:

  1. Walk, cycle, or rollerblade on the Stanley Park Seawall, a 9km path with stunning views of the ocean and the city.
  2. Relax on one of the park’s many beaches, such as Second Beach or Third Beach.
  3. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium, home to over 10,000 marine animals from the Pacific Northwest.
  4. Take a ride on the miniature train through the forest.
  5. Explore the gardens, including the Rose Garden and the Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden.

Granville Island Public Market

How to reach: Take the Aquabus ferry from Granville Island to mainland Vancouver.

Things to do:

  1. Wander through the market and browse the stalls selling fresh produce, seafood, artisan goods, and souvenirs.
  2. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants or cafes.
  3. Watch the street performers or listen to live music.
  4. Take a cooking class or workshop.
  5. Visit the Kids Market, a special area for children with interactive exhibits and activities.


How to reach: Take the SkyTrain to Waterfront Station and walk east along Water Street.

Things to do:

  1. Stroll down the cobblestone streets and admire the Victorian architecture.
  2. Visit the Gastown Steam Clock, a popular tourist attraction.
  3. Shop for unique gifts and souvenirs at the many boutiques and art galleries.
  4. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants and cafes.
  5. Take a ghost tour to learn about the haunted history of Gastown.

Kitsilano Beach

How to reach: Take bus #99 to Bayswater Drive or bus #08 to Cornwall Avenue.

Things to do:

  1. Relax on the sandy beach and soak up the sun.
  2. Go for a swim in the saltwater pool.
  3. Play beach volleyball or basketball.
  4. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and explore the coastline.
  5. Enjoy a picnic in the park.

Davie Village

How to reach: Take bus #8 to Davie Street.

Things to do:

  1. Explore the vibrant LGBTQ+ community and experience the unique atmosphere.
  2. Shop for clothes, jewelry, and other items at the many trendy stores.
  3. Enjoy a meal or drinks at one of the many cafes and restaurants.
  4. Catch a drag show or cabaret performance.
  5. Dance the night away at one of the many nightclubs.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

How to reach: Take the #236 Capilano Bridge shuttle bus from Phibbs Exchange in North Vancouver.

Things to do:

  1. Walk across the wobbly Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is 140 feet long and 230 feet high.
  2. Explore the Treetop Adventure, a series of walkways and bridges suspended between the trees.
  3. Learn about the history of the park and the Capilano River at the Story Centre.
  4. Take a guided nature walk through the rainforest.
  5. Enjoy a meal at the Cliff House Restaurant, which has stunning views of the canyon.

Grouse Mountain

How to reach: Take the Grouse Mountain Gondola from North Vancouver.

Things to do:

  1. Enjoy breathtaking views of Vancouver and the surrounding area from the peak of Grouse Mountain.
  2. Go for a hike on one of the many trails.
  3. Visit the grizzly bear habitat and learn about these amazing animals.
  4. Take a ride on the Skyride, a rotating cable car that offers panoramic views.
  5. Enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants, or have a picnic in the park.

Queen Elizabeth Park

How to reach: Take bus #19 to Cambie Street and 33rd Avenue.

Things to do:

  1. Stroll through the stunning manicured gardens, boasting over 8,000 rhododendrons in bloom during spring.
  2. Picnic on the lush green lawns while enjoying panoramic views of the city and mountains.
  3. Discover the Bloedel Conservatory, a geodesic dome showcasing diverse plant life from around the world.
  4. Take a scenic ride on the Queen Elizabeth Park Miniature Train, perfect for families with young kids.
  5. Relax by the serene reflecting pool and appreciate the tranquil atmosphere.

VanDusen Botanical Garden

How to reach: Take bus #41 to 37th Avenue and Granville Street.

Things to do:

  1. Wander through 55 hectares of diverse gardens, including a whimsical Elizabethan Maze and a serene Japanese Garden.
  2. Marvel at the vibrant seasonal displays, like the stunning tulip festival in spring or the festive Glow Gardens in winter.
  3. Spot playful otters swimming in the ponds and learn about their conservation efforts.
  4. Enjoy a delicious meal at the award-winning Seasons in the Park restaurant, overlooking the gardens.
  5. Take a guided tour to learn more about the history, horticulture, and sustainability practices of the gardens.

Vancouver Art Gallery

How to reach: Take bus #6 or #9 to Burrard Street and Georgia Street.

Things to do:

  1. Explore the extensive collection of historical, modern, and contemporary art from around the world.
  2. Be awestruck by iconic works from Emily Carr, a renowned Canadian artist known for her landscapes.
  3. Attend temporary exhibitions featuring diverse themes and artistic expressions.
  4. Participate in engaging workshops and events to delve deeper into the world of art.
  5. Relax in the chic Gallery Bistro and enjoy lunch with a view of the bustling city.

Final Words

I hope you found the ideas helpful and see how easy and fun it can be to explore this beautiful city by walking, biking, or using public transport. Vancouver is full of surprises that you can discover more closely when you’re not behind the wheel.