Vancouver Water Parks
It’s hot and your kids need to cool off. The perfect destination activity for days like these: the water park.
Vancouver is blessed with a large variety of water and spray parks that operate seasonally. They take less effort that setting up the backyard slip-n-slide and they give your kids a chance to socialize with other bambinos. They are also guaranteed to tire your kids out and get them ready for the mattress Vancouver summers, like our fall and spring, are made to be spent in a shower of water.
Here is a short list of some of our favourite water parks in the city:
Harbour Green Park – 119 West Cordova Street
This water park is located in Coal Harbour, just off the seawall path. It’s constructed of ground sprinklers that shoot water over two feet high. The jets shoot water rhythmically on a timed system. The park is great for group games, like tag. For adults, the park has a great view of the local mountains and a lovely patio restaurant only metres away.
Connaught Park - 2390 West 10th Avenue
This West Side spray park is small but fun. It is located at the Kitsilano Community Centre.
Stanley Park – Lumberman’s Arch
This large water park is located just off the seawall below the Vancouver Aquarium. It has a variety of water toys, including cannons and umbrella sprinklers. It is a great pit-stop for families riding around the seawall. It also has a concession stand within 50 metres.
MacLean Park – 710 Keefer Street
This park is found in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, in the trendy Strathcona neighbourhood. It is situated just off the Adanac bike route. MacLean Park would be classified as ‘inner city.’
The Grandaddy of water parks. The Granville Island water park is located just behind the Kids Only Market. This park has slides, water cannons, sprinklers above and below ground and a large picnic area for groups to gather. Warning: this park can get crazy busy in the summer. If your kids don’t like crowds, better to stay clear.