9 Unusual Things to Do in Vancouver in September (And Year Round – For the Most Part)

photo: Huffington Post

photo: Huffington Post

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September marks new beginnings and although it may not currently feel like it, the end of summer. With that being said, there are still tons of activities to partake in this month! Here’s a roundup of the most unusual ones:

photo: Get Leashed Magazine

photo: Get Leashed Magazine

9. Cat Café

Cats and coffee! It just makes complete sense! Why go for coffee with someone when you can cozy up with a cat! A first in Vancouver, this “catfé” serves up drinks and treats as well as a space for cat lovers to provide some lovin’ for the kitties – all rescues up for adoption. Call it coffee for a cause/crazy cat people if you will. All the deets: catfe.ca

Photo: Shaw TV

photo: Shaw TV

8. Board a Pirate Ship

Get your “arrrgh mates” on aboard Pirate Adventures, a one-of-a-kind pirate ship from Granville Island. Partake in swash-buckling, map solving, singing a sea shanty, walking the plank (just kidding) and all of that fun piratey stuff. For more info: pirateadventures.ca

photo: Twilight Express

photo: Twilight Express

7. Ghost Hunting

In case you didn’t know, Vancouver’s pretty haunted. Go on a self-guided tour of some of the places with the most paranormal activity in the city and maybe experience a ghost sighting or two. Check out our guide.

photo: Trip Advisor

photo: Trip Advisor

6. Naked Yoga at Wreck Beach

Stretch it all out (and let it all hang out) while the weather’s still nice with naked yoga at Wreck Beach. We’d paint an image for you, but some things are best left to the imagination.

photo: Claude Schneider / http://portfora.com/claude

photo: Claude Schneider / http://portfora.com/claude

5. Third Beach Drum Circle

Every Tuesday night, weather permitting, jam out with dozens of chill people from college kids to couples to psychedelic 80-year-olds. If you have a drum, bring it. If you don’t, just bring yourself and enjoy the music. Nothing but good, hippie-loving vibes. Free and open to all.

photo: Jay Banks

photo: Jay Banks

4. Playing the Piano on the Street

Thanks to student idea “Keys to the Street,” we can now enjoy the sweet sound of music in random public areas. Now that’s music to our ears!

photo: columbian.com

photo: columbian.com

3. Pokemon Go!

If chasing fictional characters from a once popular kid’s TV show sounds a little weird, it’s because it is. Even weirder? How this game has become so cool and trendy? Dare we even say – normal?

photo: Her Campus

photo: Her Campus

2. Dating

Single in the city? Enjoy it! Seriously, because chances are you’re going to stay that way. Joking aside, Vancouver is great for many things – it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world – just not so much when it comes to dating. See #1 for more info.

photo: Huffington Post

photo: Huffington Post

1. Talking to ‘Strangers’

Awkward elevator rides where not a single word is uttered the entire 40 flights up. Too-close-for-comfort transit commutes where you regret not bringing your headphones to shut everything (everyone) out. Waiting for your coffee order at a busy café and doing everything in your power from staring intently at the drink menu or some foreign object, to scrolling through Instagram for the billionth time that morning to avoid engaging in small talk with god-forbid – another human being. The list is endless (and we have a limited word count). Regardless, we’ve all experienced it. A lot of us are guilty of it. Contrary to popular belief, there really are some friendly people in this city. Shocking, we know. However, it’s a two-way street and requires equal participation from both/all parties involved. SO we challenge you. Say hi to a complete stranger. Strike up a real conversation with that person next you on the bus. Make eye contact with that person that works in the same building as you that you share the elevator with daily. Take it one step further and introduce yourself. It’s scary, we know. But you know what’s scarier? Being a lonely, paranoid, people-avoider for the rest of your life and missing out on some solid interactions.

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One Response to 9 Unusual Things to Do in Vancouver in September (And Year Round – For the Most Part)

  1. Talk to somebody! What a novel concept!

    In an era when it seems that almost everybody is staring at a screen and interacting “virtually”, it sometimes feels that the art of conversation is being lost.

    When I think back (a long way back) I can remember the thrill of approaching a girl for the first time, or the reward of striking up a conversation randomly with somebody on a plane. It’s hard to get the same visceral feeling when you’re chatting with somebody online.

    Great piece – I’m going to be trying some of these suggestions on for size -but don’t expect to see my naked downward dog anytime soon – that’s an image nobody needs…

    Chris