Travelling with Children
Travelling with children doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Follow these travel tips to help you prepare.
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Check-in, Security & Baggage
Confirm your itinerary and reservations with your airline and check baggage quantity and weight specifications. Check your flight status online or sign up with our flight notification tool to have information about your flight sent directly to your mobile phone or email.
Passports & ID
All children who travel need their own ID whether you are travelling abroad or within Canada. Check with your airline and view Passport Canada’s travelling with children information.
Packing & Security
All passengers, including infants and children, must undergo security screening prior to boarding an aircraft. Formula is allowed for those travelling with infants, along with certain exemptions to the liquids and gels regulations – to learn more about what, and how much, is permitted, please see the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority’s website at www.catsa.gc.ca or contact them at 1-888-294-2202.
Baggage allowance limits are set by the individual airlines. Check with your airline to find out how to transport your luggage, car seats, and strollers. Free baggage carts are available to help you move throughout the terminal.
Strollers may be permitted on your flight. Most airlines prefer an umbrella-type stroller, so please check with your airlines’ infant policy before arrival.
Facilities in Terminal
It’s best to know the layout of the airport before you arrive. View a map of the airport to find washrooms, food courts, security and Customer Care counters.
Male and female washrooms are available throughout the terminal. A changing station is located within every washroom.
A nursery room equipped with cribs, play pens and a changing area is available before-security in the United States Terminal, Departures Level 3.
And as every parent knows, unexpected things happen, so keep an eye out for our friendly Green Coat Volunteers stationed through the airport to help you with any questions or find your way.
Things to Do
Children’s Play Areas
If your kids need to burn some energy before your flight, visit one of our Children’s Play Areas located throughout the terminal.
Public Observation Area
The Public Observation Area, located before-security Domestic Terminal, Level 4, provides sweeping views of the airfield, telescopes, maps and kiosks.
A 114,000 litre aquarium can be found after-security in the International Terminal. With over 5,000 species living in the tank, your kids could spend hours pointing out the Wolf Eels, Sea Stars, Sea Urchins and 21 different species of fish.
WiFi & Charging Stations
Free WiFi is available throughout the terminal for your use. Charging stations are also located throughout the terminal to keep the battery full & idol hands busy.
Shopping & Dining Services
Food & Beverages
There are plenty of food and snack options at YVR to fit everyone’s tastes and budgets, including kid-friendly favourites like White Spot, Subway, Jugo Juice and Cinnabon. For a full list of options and locations visit the food & beverage section of our website.
Looking for a gift, or maybe something to occupy time while in terminal? YVR has a variety of kid-approved stores, such as Vancouver Aquarium Store, Kids Works, Science World and Great Canadian Book Company. For a full list of stores and locations visit the shopping section of our website.
For baby essentials, such as diapers, wipes and a pharmacy – head to Pharmasave, located before security in the Domestic Terminal, Level 1.