Vancouver Personalities share their End of Summer Bucket Lists

Malkin Bowl: a popular summer concert destination || Photo CrediT; Flickr/Creative Commons Keep it Surreal

Malkin Bowl: a popular summer concert destination || Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Paul Joseph

Swim at an outdoor pool. Go to Buntzen Lake. Say goodbye to sandals; say hello to closed toed shoes. Maximize patio time. Eat mini donuts at the PNE.

Thinking about the end of summer always makes me a bit panicky. Now that summer is running out and the sun is still shining I’ve decided I need to compile an ‘end of summer bucket list’ of places I want to go and Vancouver-y things I want to accomplish before the season’s end.

For a little inspiration I canvassed some Vancouver personalities about their end of summer bucket lists. As the days get shorter and the temperatures dip a little more each night, I want to stretch my summer to the max.

Below you’ll find some tips on how to extend the summer season from an artist, a mommy blogger, a designer, a food blogging duo and an editor/first time Sea Wheezer. Maybe you too will add a thing or two to your good-bye-sunny-warm-times-must-do-list.

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Vancouver Personalities share their End of Summer Bucket Lists

Free Transit on BC Day in Vancouver

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This BC Day–August 04, 2014–Translink services is offering a free day of transit for all commuters. Whether you’re traveling by bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus or HandyDart, you can ride for free!

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Free Transit on BC Day in Vancouver

Sit and play awhile at the Public Pianos set up around Vancouver

Vancouver public piano project

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The streets are alive, with the sound of music! This summer in Vancouver, public pianos will be popping up all across the city for anyone to sit down and pound out a few notes or blast through a Beethoven.

These public pianos are part of the Keys to the Streets project that has placed free, playable pianos to public places in Vancouver. The pianos are available from July 1 to August 23, 2014. This project is inspired by similar pop-up piano initiatives which have appeared in cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and New York.

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Sit and play awhile at the Public Pianos set up around Vancouver

Campfire Project could bring public fire pits to Vancouver beaches

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A warm glow, toasty marshmallows, crackling wood.. The campfire is the quintessential summer must-have that gathers friends, families, and strangers around a hypnotizing flame. Unfortunately, campfires in Vancouver are largely banned and not allowed on public beaches for a variety of public safety and health issues.

However, three Vancouver residents have started up the Campfire Project, which aims to introduce shared, public fire pits on select Vancouver beaches.

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Campfire Project could bring public fire pits to Vancouver beaches

‘Made in Strathcona’ tours focus on Strathcona’s hidden gems

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Strathcona has long been Vancouver’s creative and cultural beating heart. It’s home to many of the founding Eastside Culture Crawl art studios. Strathcona’s numerous multicultural community halls, temples, churches and benevolent houses, not to mention yummy indie eateries, gorgeous heritage homes and a gigantic gellateria – La Casa Gelato – make Strathcona one of Vancouver’s most eclectic areas.

Traditionally bound by Clark Drive, Gore Avenue, Venables Street and Railway Street, Strathcona is recognized as one of Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhoods (other than millenia-old local First Nations villages).

Today, this east side hood is booming. On May 31 and June 7, the Strathcona Business Improvement Association is hosting two tours where you can explore a few reasons why Strathcona is such a a sweet part of our city. Dubbed ‘Made in Strathcona’ the tours focus on two different streams: manufacturing and hidden gems (May 31) and Strathcona’s creative and food scene (June 7).  Continue reading:
‘Made in Strathcona’ tours focus on Strathcona’s hidden gems