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trips during summer for teen boys

i'd like to run a small program this summer in the vancouver area for a few high school aged boys. is there anything exciting/ adventurous you'd recommend. our budget is pretty limited, so we can only do a few very expensive things. for example i'm trying to put together a city wide scavenger hunt (ideas for that would also be quite helpful) any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

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1. Re: trips during summer for teen boys

One thing that may work well for you is an "Amazing Race" type of program in and around Vancouver that uses the transit system. While many people put down Translink, the truth is, that, for certain trips,it works quite well. You could orient this program to take advantage of the elements of the system that work well. For example, you could start at Granville Island, which is a fascinating place to explore, as you "hunt down clues" in this old industrial area - turned public market/artisan craft/maritime market/restaurant/theatre district.

Then, you could take the fun little False Creek Ferries/Aquabus system to Science World and visit the great exhibits there, maybe take in an OMNIMAX film.

Then, you could jump on the SkyTrain eastbound out to Metrotown, a huge shopping/theatre complex, then continue on to New Westminster. You could then take the other SkyTrain line (the "Millennium Line") all the way back to Waterfront Station downtown.

Jump on the SeaBus, which will take you across the harbour to Lonsdale Quay, which is also a transit station for the North Shore, and can easily get you to Grouse Mountain (this would be one of the "expensive things"; if you wanted to save money, you could get off the bus halfway up Capilano Road and stop at the Salmon Hatchery).

A return bus trip to Lonsdale Quay and the SeaBus brings you back downtown, for more exploring in Gastown or a stroll towards Stanley Park. Best of all, Translink offers a Day Pass for all of the travel (except the False Creek Ferries/Aquabus) for $8.00 a day.

With this, you'll see a lot of the city, it'll take the better part of a day, and it won't cost a whole lot.

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Right on Steveston - that sounds like a great plan!

If the kids (and you) are sporty and you're looking to tire them out, you could do the Grouse Grind - its a serious hike, but there's no time limit, its free, and you can get a burger at the top, or bring your own lunch. Hike down or take the gondola for a cost ($5 I think?). You can take the seabus/bus there easily from downtown.

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Also the city's outdoor pools are some of the best deals in town, at between $2-5 per person (depending on the pool) for all day use. Kits pool is salt water and right on the beach, and you can also play beach volleyball there. How to put this delicately...Kits beach is a favorite of high school aged (and older) boys - due to the large numbers of high-school aged (and older) girls you'll find there, who tend to be particularly hot (and tanned). Basically a good spot for people-oogling - oops I mean watching.

And there's also a pool right in stanley park, on second beach.

Maybe a pool's not super adventurous/exciting, but a good day trip nonetheless, especially if combined with a trip to the beach or the park.

…vancouver.bc.ca/parks/rec/pools/index.htm

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4. Re: trips during summer for teen boys

If you are going to North Vancouver, consider Lynn Canyon. It has a suspension bridge like Capilano, but is FREE. Check this site: www.dnv.org/ecology/park_map/choose_map.html for directions and map.

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5. Re: trips during summer for teen boys

I agree with tofumagoo re Lynn Canyon - under-rated 'cause not only is there the suspension bridge, but also a walk down to the river, and (I think) some good hiking trails too. Bring camera(s) - and picnic lunch? - if you go :-).

Your scavenger hunt combined with steveston78’s “great race” idea sounds fabulous! Bet there’s a lot of us who would enjoying it too, LOL.

If you can work it into the program, perhaps include questions that can be answered only by visiting the Art Gallery & a variety of Museums [most of which have at least one time a week that is free admission] & the main Library – i.e. places teen fellas might not normally go on their own … but might enjoy once they get there! :-)

Here’s a site that suggests some “free stuff/activities” – think it’s the type where you need to check back regularly – http://vancouverfreestuff.ca

The Georgia Straight (free weekly newspaper) is a good source of info for upcoming events/activities – some of which are free or low cost – and for coupons to activities & eateries.

Much good luck with your great plan!

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thanks for all the posts. greatly appreciated. hope things work out! if you think of anything else. pls post. thanks again.

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