Vancouver is an expensive city. And with endless things to see and do here, your social life can easily wind up costing you a pretty penny.
But who said having fun has to come with a hefty price tag?
So to help you save a few bucks while still having fun, here are 12 things you can do around Vancouver this spring for $10 or under.
Go for a ride around the seawall
Spring weather is the perfect time of year to head outside and get riding. So if you don’t already have a bicycle, a much cheaper option in Vancouver is using Mobi bike share.
You can also try Spokes Bicycle Rentals located right before the Stanley Park seawall. A one-speed cruiser is only $7.62 for an hour, or if you want something a bit faster, a mountain bike is $9.52 an hour.
Ride the False Creek Ferry to Granville Island
If you want to feel like a total tourist in your own city, then take the False Creek Ferry to Granville Island. It really is the best way to get out on the water, snap a few pictures (and selfies of course) while enjoying the beautiful views of False Creek.
The ticket price depends on where you are picked up, but range in cost from $3.50 – $7.50. If you want to take unlimited rides, an all day pass is available for $16. The spring schedule is available online.
Take a Granville Island Brewery tour
While you’re on the island, why not try out a brewery tour? The Granville Island Brewery offers tours three times a day at noon, 2 pm and 4 pm. For only $9.75 plus taxes you can see first hand the production process and even sample three 5 oz beers.
Get some LOLs on ProAm night at The Comedy Mix
Time to check out Vancouver’s funniest locals. Every Tuesday at 8:30 pm, The Comedy Mix hosts amateur night. For only $8 you and friends can enjoy a night of laughter, completely uncensored. Headliner next week is Dave Nystrom, and seating is first come, first serve so arrive early.
Full list of showtimes and headliners are available online.
Practice your swing at Stanley Park Pitch and Putt
Ready to get lost in nature surrounded by lush greens right in beautiful Stanley Park? Located at 2099 Beach Ave with 18 holes and a 1,200 yard course, you can practice your swing and putting skills this spring with a twilight pass for only $9.82!
The course is open from 9 am to dusk and the twilight rate applies one hour before close. Regular daytime passes are $12.95.
Spend your Tuesday evening at the Vancouver Art Gallery
On Tuesday evenings at the Vancouver Art Gallery admission is by donation from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Current exhibitions at the gallery are Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver, Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy, Susan Point: Spindle Whorl and We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in dialogue with Emily Carr.
Take in a late night movie at The Rio Theatre
Time to indulge that popcorn craving. Every Friday night The Rio Theatre offers a discounted price on movies for only $10 at the door, or $8 in advance.
For a full list of showtimes, check out their website riotheatre.ca
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Spend a few hours simply relaxing in the tranquil grounds, or snack on a few sweets at the Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden. You can take a guided tour of the garden or experience it on your own while enjoying the wildlife of birds, geese, turtles and ducks.
Admission for the winter season – until March 31 – is only $8 and then starting April 1 spring admission is $11.
Take a Discovery Walk in Stanley Park
If you want to explore the forest for a few hours then join the Stanley Park Ecology Society on a guided nature walk with one of their experts. On your stroll through the park you will explore local wildlife, the forests, wetlands and seashores around Stanley Park.
For only $10, and $5 for members, the walk begins at the Stanley Park Nature House on the corner of Alberni St. and Chilco St. Tickets are by donation on eventbrite.ca
Visit the UBC Museum of Anthropology
Located just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the UBC Museum of Anthropology offers discounted admission prices of $10 every Thursday from 5 pm – 9 pm (UBC students get in free).
The museum features Northwest Coast First Nations artwork along with temporary exhibitions and guided tours. Currently the exhibitions are Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, and Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth across Cultures.
Take a yoga class
Practice your downward dog or warrior pose without breaking the bank. Vancouver yogis know that classes are not cheap in the city, but Karma Teachers studio at 45 West Hastings Street in Gastown is changing that. The yoga studio has an open door policy to anyone who cannot afford yoga – they offer all classes by donation or if you have nothing to give, simply a smile will do.
You can also try a Karma class at Unity Yoga Teahouse at 672 East 10th Ave. On Saturdays can attend the class by simply bringing a non-perishable item to donate to the Vancouver Food Bank.
Enjoy an open mic night
Every Thursday from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm Cafe Deux Soleils’ open mic night hosts everything from poetry to stand-up comedy, as long as it fits in the 10 minute time frame.
Admission is $5 at the door, and $2 for performers, who must sign up by 7:30 pm.