Activities in Vancouver

MONDAYS

Gastown Walking Tour / Pub Crawl 

Guests will be guided on a walking tour through the city to historic Gastown and back, stopping at a few secret bars along the way. The evening culminates at the infamous Roxy Night Club where Joe's Garage will be kicking the 1980s rock jams. No cover charges; the rest is up to you.

  • Cost: Free cover charge
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Central lobby
  • Tour starts: 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAYS

Erik's Lynn Canyon Tour

With us since 1995, our tour guide Erik is described in Lonely Planet as "legendary."  His walking tour takes you to places you just won't see on your own. Spend a whole day exploring Lynn Canyon Park, the locals' favourite spot for a day out in the forest. Cross the suspension bridge and look down into the rushing canyon waters below before exploring more secret spots. 

Note: This tour runs from mid April until the 2nd week of November.

  • Cost: $14 for all transportation
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Downtown lobby
  • Tour starts: 9:00 a.m.

Comedy Night at The Comedy Mix

If you like to laugh, this night is for you. Join the group for free entry to The Comedy Mix's Pro-Am Night, showing off either new and untested comedians or funny people with new material seeking both your laughter and pity. There is a professional host and a headliner, so you will always leave laughing. 

  • Cost: Free entry
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Central lobby
  • Tour starts: 7:30 p.m.

Salsa Night (Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month)

Do you like to dance and get down to some Latino tunes?  If yes, then Salsa Night is for you! It doesn't matter if you're a pro or have two left feet, everyone of all dancing abilities is encouraged to join in.

  • Cost: Free entry to studio
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Central lobby
  • Tour starts: 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAYS

Granville Island Market & Brewery Tour 

Experience the culture, food and history of Granville Island. You'll find an eclectic array of artists, buskers, craft vendors, ethnic food sellers, sweets stands, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers across the island. 

After devouring some tasty treats, take the optional Granville Island Brewery Tour and sample some of BC's best beer.

  • Cost: Free market tour. False Creek ferry transportation is $2.50 each way (tickets can be bought at front desk). For the optional Granville Island Brewery Tour, $9.75 gets you entry and 3 tasters.
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Downtown lobby
  • Tour starts: 11:45 a.m.

Pub Night

Our friends at Doolin's, Johnnie Fox's, The Roxy and Studio Records will host an evening of drinking. You can't lose. No cover, but you buy your own drinks. The night lasts as long as you like or until the lights come on.

  • Cost: Free cover entry
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Central lobby
  • Tour starts: 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAYS

Stanley Park Tour

Join us for a leisurely two-hour stroll along the Seawall and into Stanley Park. See famous sights such as the Lions Gate Bridge, totem poles, flower gardens and be sure to keep an eye out for local Vancouver wildlife.  

The tour will finish at the Vancouver Aquarium where guests have the option to save money on regular entry.

  • Cost: Free. For the optional Vancouver Aquarium visit, you will save $3 - $7 per person. (Please purchase tickets at the front desk prior to start of tour.)
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Downtown lobby
  • Tour starts: 11:30 a.m.

Seawall Bike Tour

Join us for a scenic drive along the famous Stanley Park Seawall. You'll head out with an experienced guide who will lead you along this scenic route at a gentle pace. You don't have to be a great cyclist, but if you've never cycled, this activity isn't for you.

Make sure to reserve your spot, since bike availability is limited.

  • Cost: $15 for bike rental (2 hours), free if you bring your own
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Downtown lobby
  • Tour starts: 1:30 p.m.

FRIDAYS

Erik's Capilano Canyon Tour

Erik's second tour doesn't overlap at all with his first. Taking a different route, you'll be guided up the Cleveland Dam and down through Capilano Canyon to the famous Suspension Bridge. You'll see tall, old Douglas fir trees, a salmon spawning ladder and a view over the gorge from the canopy walks. It's a full day of exploration that will not only thrill you, but will also save you money on admission to the Suspension Bridge.

Note: This tour runs from mid April until the 2nd week of November.

  • Cost: $37.50 for Capilano Suspension Bridge Park admission and all transportation
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Downtown lobby
  • Tour starts: 9:00 a.m.

Club Night

What if we could get you free cover on a Friday night in Gastown, the party district of Vancouver? All you have to do is sign up and walk down to the best spots in town with us.  To make it even sweeter, we'll give you a free shot on entry to make sure the night starts off right. 

  • Cost: Free cover entry
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Central lobby
  • Tour starts: 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAYS

Rooftop BBQ

BYOB (beer, wine, and cider only, no hard liquor as per hostel policy) and join us for a barbecue up on the rooftop patio at HI Vancouver Downtown. Volunteer chefs and servers will be taking your order of beef, chicken or veggie burgers with a side of potato chips. We make your burger to order and we’ve got all the fixin’s: lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayo, ketchup, mustard and relish. Pre-purchase your vouchers at the front desk.

  • Cost: $7 for a burger, $1.50 for a bottled water or pop
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Downtown rooftop
  • Time: 6  to 8 p.m.

SUNDAYS

Bowen Island Tour

Located in scenic Howe Sound, Bowen Island is a sleepy island community with some beautiful, easy hiking. The tour takes you on a short ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island and then a couple hours of hiking around Killarney Lake. Stop for food by the ferry terminal before coming back to the mainland.

Note: This tour runs from March to November, weather permitting.

  • Cost: $10.10 for ferry, $2.85 bus fare each way
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Central lobby
  • Tour starts: 9 a.m.

Movie Night

You've probably had a busy weekend and want to wind down on Sunday night, so join us for a cozy movie. Most weeks, you'll get a sparkling new release, other weeks, classic films or quality recent releases will grace your eyes. 

We will supply free popcorn or chips to munch on.

  • Cost: Free
  • Meet at: HI Vancouver Downtown TV Room
  • Tour starts: 8:30 p.m.