Celebrating summer fun in Vancouver translates to a ton of options for families and out-of-town guests. Visit Vancouver International Airport (YVR) any Friday from July to August 31 for Take-Off Fridays and enjoy delicious treats, music, and special entertainment that will have both travellers and staycationers eager to get to the airport.
Whether you’re looking for an entertaining new family activity, hoping to soak up the summer spirit with friends, or looking for an added reason to arrive early for your next flight, YVR has something for everyone.
Plan to visit any Friday this summer (between 9 am and 3 pm) for a full day of free samples, great music, live DJs, and exciting performances. Savour sweet treats like smoothies from Jugo Juice, iced coffee and frappucino samples from Starbucks, and other great goodies from Coca-Cola, World Duty Free, Vancouver Marketplace, Rogers’ Chocolates, and more. And if you’re craving something a little more substantial, nearly 20 restaurants located throughout YVR will be offering $10 lunch specials.
To add to the atmosphere, keep your eyes peeled for live acrobats, artists, a caricaturist, a balloonist, and airside demonstrations. Kids will get a chance to meet YVR’s own mascots dancing to music, and getting their faces painted. The addition of activities in the USA Departures area – a new feature of this year’s Take-Off Fridays – means there’s even more to see and do if you’re travelling to the States.
The festivities continue in YVR’s Public Observation Area, where kids and adults alike can explore interactive displays, quizzes, and videos for a behind-the-scenes look at Canada’s second busiest airport. Check out airfield action up close with telescopes, discover Sea Island through an interactive model and learn some interesting facts about YVR, the history of flight in BC, and all things aviation-related.
Take advantage of a special Take-Off Fridays parking rate of $5 for up to four hours in any of YVR’s lots. Alternatively, take your family on the Canada Line and get to the airport in just over 25 min.
Take-Off Fridays at YVR
Dates: Fridays from July 6 to August 31, 9 am to 3 pm
Location: Vancouver International Airport, Departures Level 3