June is a great time to visit Vancouver. The local kids are still in school and the summer visitors have not arrived. If you live in the city, the days are getting warm (and sometimes hot). Sunny days are gorgeous and patios and beaches are full of locals who are ready for summer!
Below you will find popular June events in Vancouver as well as things that are going on all over Metro Vancouver! Some are annual events every year and some are things that are perfect for spring!
Things to do in Vancouver in June
June Important Dates:
June 18th 2023 – Father’s Day
June 21st 2023 – National Indigenous People’s Day
Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2023
Enjoy spectacular performances from around the globe for kids and families of all ages at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival from May 30 to June 4, 2023. This is one of the best things to do in Vancouver in June for families! The 2023 Festival will offer a mix of in-person (on Granville Island) and online performances of circus arts, puppetry, theatre, dance, music and lots of arts activities created just for children.
Dates: May 30th to June 4th 2023
Location: Granville Island
Enjoy Afternoon Tea at Notch8
The new uniquely artistic tea service features avant-garde decor, dishes, and cocktails inspired by some of the most iconic pop art pieces of the 20th century. Each menu item is crafted to reflect the colours, shapes, textures, and themes of the visual pop art movement. From vibrant “tomato soup,” and a playful ‘blank canvas’ cheesecake with edible paints, to cocktails composed in artistic glassware, every dish and drink is a work of art. Guests can expect bright pops of colour, bold patterns and designs throughout the tea room and menu, creating an immersive experience for all who visit.
Afternoon tea begins with a selection of loose-leaf tea, along with sweet and savoury bites to complement the theme’s captivating canvas. Creative cocktails and wines are available as optional add-ons to the experience.
Price: $74.00 per person ($40.00 for children 12 and under)
Dates: Wednesday through Sundays and holiday Mondays in June
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Vancouver Canadians Baseball
Take me out to the ballgame! Enjoy the footlong hotdogs, the peanuts, the sushi run? It is all there for you when you watch the local minor league Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium. If you have never attended a game, then June is a great time to check them out!
Location: Nat Bailey Stadium 4601 Ontario St
Dates: various dates in June
Explore Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge is a popular place to enjoy nature in June in Metro Vancouver. You can get up close to Vancouver’s Giant trees as you explore the park at your own pace. Cross Vancouver’s Capilano River on a 450-foot-long suspension bridge with this entry ticket. Appreciate nature from 3 breathtaking perspectives: the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Treetops Adventure, and the thrilling Cliffwalk.
Location: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Important Notes: Strollers are not allowed.
Tickets: Online here
Take a Half Day Tour in Vancouver
If you are visiting Vancouver in June, spend half a day touring Vancouver’s natural and urban highlights on this sightseeing bus tour. Your savvy guide escorts you to key attractions such as Canada Place, Robson Street, and across the Lions Gate Bridge. Listen to interesting commentary as you wind through vibrant neighborhoods and tree-lined paths in Stanley Park. Then head to Capilano Suspension Bridge for an exhilarating walk along the cliff-hanging footpaths. This is a great option for those who are coming to Vancouver before a cruise! It helps you get a quick overview of the city!
Location: 999 Canada Pl
Tickets: Online here
Watch Vancouver’s Newest Sports Team at the Langley Events Centre
The opening match for Vancouver FC was May 7th as they join the Canadian Premier League. This is a great opportunity for those in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley to watch stadium-style soccer close to home!
Dates: various in June
Location: Langley Events Centre 7888 200th St Langley
35th Annual Dragonboat Festival
Mixing sport and culture, the 35th annual Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver offers some of the continent’s best racing, headliner music shows, cultural pavilions and demonstrations, local marketplace and food vendors, and family-friendly activities.
Dragon boats come from an ancient Chinese tradition that is equal parts racing and culture as well as a showcase of the local community. Experience a weekend of edge-of-your-seat races and an inspiring cultural program at North America’s flagship dragon boat festival.
Location: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and False Creek (across the street from Main Street Skytrain Station)
Dates: June 24-25, 2023
More Info: https://concorddragonboatfestival.ca/
Shop on Robson Street
In its prime area roughly between Burrard and Jervis Street, Robson Street has every store that you could desire for your fashion wants. All the major national and international chain stores are located here, from more casual and athletic wear companies such as to well-known clothing retailers. Popular footwear retailers, lingerie and beauty products are all here. You can also pick up some popular Vancouver souvenirs and things you can only get in Canada at souvenir shops Grand Maple Gift and Canadian Crafts on Robson.
Go Whale Watching
June is one of the best times to go whale watching in Vancouver. There is not much more thrilling than seeing these majestic whales in their natural habitat off the coast of Vancouver. It is a bucket list item for not just visitors but locals as well. The waters off British Columbia’s coast are rich with marine life and orcas, humpback, gray and minke whales are the most common whales that you will see on a Vancouver whale-watching trip!
There are several tour options, I have an entire post on the best whale-watching tours from Vancouver. You can book these online here.
Location: 1666 Duranleau St
Tickets: Online here
Day Trip to Victoria and See Butchart Gardens
If you are visiting Vancouver or even you are a local, get out of town and take a day trip to Vancouver Island. It can easily be done in a day and you can enjoy Victoria’s waterfront, or local attractions like Butchart Gardens.
If you want to take an organized tour, there are tours online that start from downtown Vancouver.
Take a Cruise to Alaska
June is right in the middle of cruise ship season in Vancouver. There are cruise ships in the Port at the Vancouver convention centre every week! Read about Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal parking if you are a local and planning on driving into the city before your cruise!
You can also read about what it is like aboard the Koningsdam from Vancouver to Alaska with kids if you are planning a family vacation!
Visit Wildplay Maple Ridge
Get outdoors and enjoy the various ropes courses at Wild Play in June. There are courses for kids and adults!
Location: 23485 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge
Book a Photoshoot
Booking a photoshoot is always on the to-do list and June is the perfect time to book a local photoshoot and update your photos! When it is tough to plan ahead, use this site when booking a photoshoot.
Flytographer caters to people in the city who do not have a local photographer. Their turnaround time for delivering photos is amazing! If you use the code LINDSAY you will save $25 off your booking!
Where to Stay in Vancouver in June
LUXURY: Pan Pacific Vancouver, Fairmont Pacific Rim
BOUTIQUE: Blue Horizon Hotel
MIDRANGE: Sandman Suites on Davie
Vancouver in June avoids the busy summer crowds and hotels should not be packed. However it is cruise ship season and Vancouver is known for its lack of hotel rooms when big events are on. Besides the suggestions above, if you want to enjoy the sun at the pool, here is a list of the best hotels in Vancouver with pools!
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Lindsay Nieminen is the creator of UncoveringBC.com. She grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Vancouver with her family. She aims to inspire inform, and educate others about traveling in her home province of British Columbia. She is also the creator of carpediemourway.com which aims to show parents how to seek out adventure at home or abroad, with their children in tow!