5 Things to do During Summer in Vancouver

The sun is up hanging high on the sky, which means, it’s time to switch those rain boots with flip-flops. Summer season is finally here, and surely Vancouverites want to enjoy the sun and absorb those Vitamin D as much as they could. There are so many ways to be under the sun, and here are the top 5 funtivities Vancouver offer for this warm and dry season. 

Grind the Grouse Mountain 

Vancouver’s very own natural stair-master. Credits: Grouse Mountain
Vancouver’s very own natural stair-master. Credits: Grouse Mountain

It’s no secret that the nature stairmaster Grouse Mountain is Vancouver locals’ favourite. It’s easy to see why both locals and foreigners love it – with only 20-minutes drive from Downtown, people can climb the stairmaster and enjoy various attractions on the peak – from the breathtaking view, lumberjack show, or witness the playful Grizzlies that are awake under the sunshine.

PocketSocial tip: Although a lot of people climb the Grouse Grind every year, do not underestimate this hike. Prepare your fitness level that day as once you climb up, you’re encouraged to not climb down by foot. And it’s actually scarier to climb down compared to climbing up.

Bike and blade the seawall 

Dedicated cycling and walking path at the Seawall.
Dedicated cycling and walking path at the Seawall.

Vancouver is blessed with mountain and water view, and Vancouverites surely want to indulge this while the sun is up. The Seawall, that stretches from Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Bank Parks, is the popular destination for Vancouverites to enjoy this view from bicycles or rollerblades. On this uninterrupted pathway, bikers and bladers are able to escape the busy life and enjoy the juxtaposition of Vancouver’s green space and urban density.


PocketSocial tip: If you don’t own any bike or roller blades, you can find many vendors that rent them along Denman Street.

Celebration of Lights

Colourful night. Credits: Miss604
Colourful night. Credits: Miss604

The night is young during summer, and what’s better than spending the summer night by the beach and watching beautiful fireworks colouring the dark sky?

Celebration of Lights is an annual musical fireworks competition held every summer in Vancouver, Canada. Every year, there are 3 companies representing their countries and this year, the competing countries are: Netherlands by Royal Fireworks, Australia by Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics and United States by Walt Disney Company.

PocketSocial tip: Celebration of Lights always attracts more than a million attendees every year, so if you’re planning to go, better come early before sunset and have picnic on the beach while waiting for the sky to get darker.

 

Test your adrenaline at PNE Playland

Adrenaline rush! Credits: CTV News
Adrenaline rush! Credits: CTV News

Located 10-minutes driving away from the Downtown Vancouver, PNE Playland is the ultimate destination for locals during summer. The oldest amusement park in Canada only open during the warm weather, hence, many Vancouverites stop by while they are open. Like any other amusement parks, PNE Playland offers many exciting attractions for everyone; from adrenaline-tester rides, arcades, to Kids Playce for the little ones.

PocketSocial tip: The lines can get very long during certain days like weekends, so plan your visit accordingly!

 

A day on the beach or lake

Row, row, row your kayak! Credits: Hello BC
Row, row, row your kayak! Credits: Hello BC

There’s never a shortage of beautiful beaches around Vancouver, and there are even more activities you can do on the beach. Whether it is a picnic with the family, or rent kayak and explore the city from above the water, or explore the park from the trails, there are more than 1001 ways to enjoy Vancouver to the fullest!

 

PocketSocial tip: bring sunscreen! Although the warm sunshine is delightful, the ultra-violet might not. Better be safe than sorry!