Things To Do

25 socially-distanced things to do in Vancouver this March

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Well, here we are! We’ve made it to the final week of February in Vancouver. With March right around the corner, we’re eagerly looking ahead to things to do next month. Plus, we’ve got cherry blossoms to look forward to! Here’s hoping that Mother Nature plays nice with us.

Here are 25 socially-distanced things to do this March in Vancouver.

Available Options/Events

Coastal Dance Festival

This annual festival is going virtual this year, but we’re not complaining. Why? Because they’ve got some amazing performances showcasing the stories, songs, and dances of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest.

When: March 12th to March 18th
Where: Online
Cost: Free!

CelticFest Vancouver

For the first time, CelticFest is offering virtual options alongside in-person concerts. However, we think this is going to be an amazing option for those wanting to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year. The festival was cancelled at the last minute in 2020, so we’re just happy to see its return!

When: March 11th to March 20th
Where: Online and in-person
Cost: Varies

Capilano Suspension Bridge

North Vancouver’s amazing tourist attraction has reopened for the spring. Dress properly, and you can experience the beauty of the bridge in the rain, which is an underrated sight for Vancouverites. At least, that’s our opinion.

When: Open daily
Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Cost: $54.95 (same price as an annual pass)

Learn about Vancouver’s history

The museum of Vancouver is a worthwhile trip for the neon exhibit alone. But, we also think that the newest exhibit ‘A Seat at the Table’ is worth checking out too. The exhibit looks at the history of Chinese immigrants in Vancouver, with an emphasis on the culinary contributions made over the years.

When: Open throughout March
Where: 1100 Chestnut Street
Cost:  $10

Hear some Arctic Voices

Science World’s latest exhibit is a massive showcase of the culture, environment, and inhabitants of Canada’s Arctic. Personally, we think the arctic is the most metal biome on earth, so we’re definitely recommending this option for anyone in the learning mood.

When: Opens Thursday, February 11th
Where: 1455 Quebec Street
Cost: $27.62, reserve your timeslot online

Eat a Burger from Mooby’s

Kevin Smith’s famous fictional fast-food franchise (say that 5 times fast) is stepping into the real world this March. And, it’s going to available in Vancouver! Swing by the host restaurant (Dublin Calling) or order it off of SkipTheDishes for an easier option.

When: Opening March 8th
Where: 900 Granville St

Try a Vegan Hot Dog

One of the best new concepts to arrive in Vancouver is Wurst of Us, which is the sister restaurant of the acclaimed Aleph Eatery. Basically, they’ve taken the same flair for fusion and quality dogs, and substituted vegan ingredients.

When: Now open daily!
Where: 1889 Powell Street, takeout and delivery available

Look at a food-focused art exhibit

Do these past couple picks have you feeling peckish? Well, you might want to plan to visit The Polygon’s next exhibit, titled A Feast for the Eyes. The show is a roundup of some of the world’s most famous photographers, and all the pieces have one thing in common- a focus on food.

When: Opens March 4th
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: Admission by donation

Check out a winter garden

While it’s usually overlooked, a trip to VanDusen Garden in the offseason can be just as rewarding as a summer stroll. Plus, we find it kind of cute, getting to see some winter flowers bloom. It’s a breath of fresh air, especially on a nicer day.

When: Open throughout the winter
Where: 5151 Oak Street
Cost: $8.40

Step back into summer

Our best recommendation for those looking for summer fun is to head to the Bloedel Conservatory, where you’ll be treated to an incredibly lush experience. Tropical plans and tropical birds? Pinch us, we must be dreaming. Great if you need a break for Vancouver’s gloomy winter days.

When: Open daily
Where: Cambie Street 4600
Cost: $6.90, get tickets online

Hit the Links

Vancouver is one of the few regions in Canada to offer outdoor golf year-round. What’s more, the sport practically guarantees no interaction with other people if you don’t want to. So, maybe think about hitting one of the city golf courses or a pitch and putt for some exercise.

When: Courses open daily
Where: Around Vancouver
Cost: Varies

Call a Poetry Phone Hotline

That’s right, Vancouver has a new free amenity- a poetry phone hotline. Basically, you dial in, pick a number, and listen to a local poet/artist’s work. It definitely pairs best with a fun walk in a local park, but the service can be accessed anytime.

Where: Click the link above for more into

Wander around the Vancouver Art Gallery

There are quite a few exhibits on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery this month. Explore the world of Optical Art, check out some local artists, or peruse some of the best photography in the gallery’s collection. You’ve got hours of entertainment here.

When: On throughout the week
Where: 750 Hornby Street
Cost: Varies

Go Skiing

Rain in Vancouver usually means snow on the North Shore in the winter. Cypress, Seymour and Grouse are all open, and they’re waiting for you to check them out. We’ll also advise that you stay on the trails, since North Shore Rescue has had to put in overtime this winter.

When: Now open
Where: Around Vancouver
Cost: Varies per hill

Or Cross-Country Skiing

On the other hand, Cypress Mountain offers the only groomed cross-country skiing options in the area. Head there during the day, or check out their lighted options in the evening. Either way, it’s a great way to get outside when things aren’t looking amazing.

When: Open throughout the winter
Where: 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver
Cost: $19 and up

Winter Activities at Grouse Mountain

In addition to skiing, Grouse Mountain is a great double-whammy option for the winter. Why? Because admission also grants access to skating at Blue Grouse Lake, and there are snow trails scattered around the top on the hill. Definitely one of the more wintry options on this list, and we’re down for it.

When: Open throughout March
Where: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: $29.50 and up

Dine Out Vancouver

This year Dine Out is bigger than ever, lasting a full month and featuring 350 restaurants in total. Stressed about what to get? Click the link above for our first roundup of places to try.

When: Ends March 7th
Where: Restaurants around Vancouver
Cost: $15-$54

Museum of Anthropology- A Future for Memory

MOA welcomed a new exhibition last month. This one focuses on the impact and aftermath of the 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan. It’s an interesting one, especially since MOA itself is undergoing extensive ‘earthquake-proofing’ reconstruction.

When: Open throughout March
Where: 6393 NW Marine Drive, UEL
Cost: $15

Bill Reid Gallery- Indigenous History in Colour

A new solo exhibition from the Indigenous contemporary artist Luke Parnell arrives at the Bill Reid Gallery this month. The emphasis is on reconciliation and representation, and the works are immediate, empowering, and poignant all at once.

When: Open throughout March
Cost: $13

See what’s new on Netflix and Disney+

Of course, the old standbys of Disney+ and Netflix continue to provide hours of entertainment. Netflix’s lineup is chock full of new content, including a highly anticipated documentary on rapper Biggie Smalls. Meanwhile, Disney+ just launched its adult-oriented ‘Star’ service in Canada.

When: Throughout March

Check out a Drive-In Movie

Really craving a movie on the big screen? You can still head down to the Twilight Drive-In for a socially-distanced experience. They usually have great lineups on the weekend as well, from new releases to timeless classics.

When: Showtimes weekly
Where: 260th Street & Fraser Highway, Langley
Cost: $30 for a car of 2/$70 for a car of 6

Planned Options/Events

Imagine Van Gogh

This massive and immersive exhibition brings Van Gogh’s art to life in a whole new way. Unfortunately, the highly-anticipated event has already sold out, but we’re confident they’ll release more tickets once they get the go-ahead from the province.

When: Starts March 19th
Where: 1055 Canada Place
Tickets: Click the link for more info

Goat Yoga at Maan Farms

This super-popular event held at an Abbotsford Farm is a perfect day-trip experience. However, we’ll need to wait until interregional travel is safe once more before we can fully recommend it. So, keep it in mind for the next restrictions update!

When: Starts March 5th
Where: 790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford
Cost: $75

See some live theatre

Local theatres like Firehall and Arts Club Theatre had been doing live shows, but the new restrictions have put their plans on pause. So, keep them in mind if they can reopen since they need all the support they can get right now. Or, spice up a night in by streaming one of their productions.

When: To be determined
Where: Around Vancouver
Cost: Varies

Watch a movie

If they’re allowed to reopen, then definitely consider supporting your local theatre and watching a movie there. Or, those with a little higher budget can even rent out Cineplex theatres for themselves. In the meanwhile, most of them have streaming options (if Netflix is a little boring these days).

When: To be determined
Where: All around Vancouver
Cost: Varies

And that’s our list of the things to do in and around Vancouver this March! We hope that you can make the most of the tail end of the winter.