Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Vancouver Inspiration Pass: See Our City's Attractions for FREE!

If you are a Vancouver local like myself, you know that there are tons of awesome things to do around the city.  Of course, these things all cost money.  Some people quality for a LAC pass that grants them access to attractions around the city, but you have to have a pretty low income to qualify for that. 

We've had to budget to decide which attractions would serve us best, and then we saved for family memberships.  The two places we decided would be best for our family are the Vancouver Aquarium and Science World.  Of course, there are lots of other places in the city we would love to visit with Aias, but it can get pretty expensive.  Even to go just once to test the waters could cost up to $100 a family for a single day trip... a pretty high price tag. 

I want to introduce you to the Vancouver Inspiration Pass.  This new initiative is a free cultural and recreational pass program that allows families and teens to get out and explore their city in a whole new way.  In a nutshell, this is a pass you can borrow once a year for two weeks, and during those two weeks, you can check out a number of Vancouver Attractions for 100% free!  Here's how it works (taken straight from their website):

How to Get Your Pass

To borrow a Vancouver Inspiration Pass, you must be a Vancouver resident aged 14-years or older with a valid Vancouver Public Library card.

If you do not have a library card, you can apply for a FREE card online or at any Vancouver Public Library branch.

Using your library card, you can place a request for a pass via the library’s online catalogue. If you’re not sure how to do this, please ask for assistance at any library branch or call 604-331-3603.

Please note that passes cannot be transferred to another location and must be picked up at the owning branch.

Picking Up Your Pass

Once the pass is available, the library will contact you.

After the first one-week notification, the pass will be automatically checked out to your library card for a two week period. Borrowing periods always begin on Thursday and conclude on Wednesday evening. For example, Thursday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 14.

You may pick up the pass anytime during this period, however the pass expires two weeks after date of availability. So, pick up your pass as soon as possible to ensure you can use it as often as possible.

Where Can You Use Your Pass?

You can use your pass to get general admission to the following city attractions:
Each pass may be redeemed by the following groups:
  • Family: Two adults and up to four children aged 18-years and younger.
  • Youth: Up to six young people aged 14 to 18 years old.
Questions and Comments
For more information about Vancouver Public Library or the Vancouver Inspiration program, contact the library at 604-331-3603 or

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