There’s no need to be humble about our beautiful city – everyone knows that summers in Vancouver are incredible and offer a vast array of amazing things to do and see. To give you a little inspiration on how to spend your own sunny days around the city, our trainers sat down to hash out our Vancouver summer bucket list and this is what we came up with:
1) Visit After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium
Every summer, the Vancouver Aquarium hosts an adults-only event after dark that lets you explore the aquarium and all of it’s exciting sea-life…with wine and beer! Tickets go on sale July 13th and sell out fast so get your admission early as there are no tickets being sold at the door.
Date: Thursday August 13th; 6pm-10pm
*Must present valid photo ID*
2) Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola
Most of us have at one point or another experienced the stunning views from the top of the Stawamus Chief (and if you haven’t, that might be another one for your own list), but what about stepping back to check out the sights from another angle? The new Sea to Sky Gondola showcases our beloved hike and offers it’s own set of trails, suspension bridges, food and views. Need we say more?
Ticket’s are a bit cheaper if you buy them online so head over to the website to book your passes at least 24 hours in advance.
3) Hike Panorama Ridge
This incredible hike is just under a 2-hour drive from the city and, while it is a difficult trek, the breathtaking view of turquoise water against a black, mountainous backdrop is well worth the effort. Many hikers do the trip in one day, but if you’re going to spread it out, the two closest campsites are Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake, which are both about a 3-4 hour hike from the parking lot. Bank on another 2 hours to get to Panorama Ridge so if you are not staying overnight, be sure to leave with enough time to return in daylight.
4) Go to a Fresh Air Cinema screening
A free-for-all, family-friendly event, Fresh Air Cinema happens every Tuesday night throughout the summer. Grab a blanket or small lawn chair and head down to Second Beach in Stanley Park to take in favourites such as Pitch Perfect, Grease, Jurassic Park and more. Be sure to get there early though as the best viewing spots get taken up quickly!
Date: Tuesdays, starting July 7th through to August 25th; movies start at dusk
5) Go paddleboarding at dusk with illuminated boards
Light the Night is an incredible way to explore our ocean and experience incredible city views at dusk! Each paddleboard (or kayak, if you prefer) houses a set of LED lights beneath it to illuminate the water below, acting as a safety beacon for boats and other paddlers, in addition to making you look super cool. Tours run on Friday and Saturday evenings and last 1.5 hours; departure times vary depending on the time of year (these are posted on the website).
You can also rent a sit-on-top single Kayak for $60 or a double for $80 ($40 each).
6) Take a trip to Oregon to hike into Oneonta Gorge
This Hike may not be as challenging as some of the others listed, but it is absolutely stunning! Surrounded by lush forests, rivers and a stunning water fall, this is a special and unique hike. Be prepared to climb over a log jam and wade through a freezing cold creek to make it to your destination.
7) Check out one of the many Vancouver Farmers Markets
With seven different locations scattered around the city, there’s no easier way to find local produce than at one of the amazing Vancouver Farmers Markets. These local growers strive to create a local, sustainable and vibrant community marketplace so go check them out downtown at Trout Lake, the West End, Kitsilano, Main Street, Kerrisdale, Mt Pleasant or Yaletown (days and times of each location are located on the website).