Inside Scoop: 50 Things To Do In Vancouver This Summer 2019

FEATURE: Celebration of Light

We’ve teamed up with Vancouver-based relocation agency, Vantastic VA, to come up with a summer bucket list for newcomers to our city. Vancouver summers are the best! After months of grey skies, the city is ready to celebrate the sun. Here are 50 things that will help fill your June, July and August!

  1. Dance the night away at the Tuesday drum circle at 3rd beach throughout the summer.
  2. Watch a movie under the stars at the Fresh Air Cinema at 2nd beach
    fresh air cinema, movies, outdoor, vancouver, 2019
    Photo: Fresh Air Cinema
  3. Oooo and Aaah at the firework displays during the Celebration of Light.
  4. Picnics at Trout Lake or Sunset Beach.
  5. Volleyball at Jericho and Kitsilano Beach.
  6. Cycle the seawall.
    seawall, vancouver, bike, hike, summer
    Photo: Mariana Ikuta
  7. Rent a boat/jet ski from Granville Island.
  8. Fish and chips at Steveston, Rocky Point or Granville Island.
  9. Roadtrip to Cultus Lake or Tsawwassen Waterslides.
  10. Hike the Grouse Grind/Squamish chief.
  11. Hike Mystery Lake trail on Seymour Mountain to the secluded swimming hole..
  12. Hike Eagle Bluff Trail on Cypress Mountain for epic views of the city.
  13. Swim at the Lynn Canyon Valley pools.
    Photo: @nadia.gontova
  14. Rent Kayaks or SUPs in Deep Cove.
  15. Hit a rooftop patio happy hour.
  16. Try one of the 588+ flavours of Gelato at La Casa Gelato.
    Photo: @crs_stark
  17. Soak up the large scale public art covering Vancouver walls during the Vancouver Mural Festival.
  18. Do a self-guided brewery tour of “Yeast” (East) Vancouver’s many micro breweries.
  19. Get naked at Wreck Beach.
  20. Chow down some delicious eats at Richmond Night Market.
  21. Swim at one of the outdoor pools in Vancouver that overlook the ocean – Kitsilano, Second beach and New Brighton Park pools are favorites.
  22. Picnic at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  23. Get your thrill on at Playland/PNE.
    Photo: Vancity blog
  24. Take in Theatre Under the Stars “Mamma Mia” production in Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl.
  25. Get highbrow and attend a Bard on the Beach production in the tents at Vanier Park.
  26. Celebrate Pride Vancouver.
  27. Slip and slide down Londsdale Ave. in North Vancouver.
  28. Shipyards Night Market, Friday nights by Lonsdale Quay.
  29. Take Dad to Main St. Car Free Day on Father’s Day!
  30. Andiamo to Italian Days.
  31. Go camping or hiking in the wilderness around Squamish.

    Photo: @tourismsquamish
  32. Opa! Head out to Broadway’s Greek Days .
  33. Mountain bike on the North Shore Mountains, Squamish or Whistler.
  34. Take in the Blues Fest at Deer Lake Park.
  35. Pitch n’Putt at Stanley Park, Rupert Park or Queen Elizabeth Park.
  36. Skimboard at Spanish Banks.
  37. Fly a kite at Vanier Park.
  38. Shop for summer produce at the Trout Lake Farmer’s market or any one of Vancouver’s many Farmer’s Markets.
  39. Watch the Vancouver Canadiens play baseball at historic Nat Bailey Stadium.
  40. Raft down the might Thompson River.
  41. Enjoy wine tasting in the Okanagan.
  42. Float down the Penticton Canal .
  43. Celebrate Canada day at Canada Place.
  44. Take the ferry over to the quaint Bowen Island for the day.
  45. Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola  and rise up over the Squamish and the Howe Sound

    Photo: Sea to Sky by @PK_Media
  46. Hang with all the hep cats at Coastal Jazz and Blues’ International Jazz FestivalThe line up has something for everyone and many of the concerts around town are free.
  47. Go watch the horse Races at Hasting Racetrack – or even better, sport your finest and attend.
  48. Go Kart at Richmond Racetrack.
  49. Rent a BBQ boat out of False Creek.
  50. Bike Raves! There is a Bike Rave planned each month in the summer. Think music, lights and a HUGE group of people cycling into the night together.
Photo: @dailyhive

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