10 “Must Do” Vancouver Summer Activities

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Have you done everything on your summer bucket list? It’s slightly past the mid-way point of August – the time to get in touch with your inner hedonist and make sure you max out summer fun.

I’ve made a summer activity checklist for adventurers, loungers, epicureans and culture buffs.

From water parks and swimming pools, to kayaking, outdoor theatre, fairs, night markets, patio drinking/dining, picnics and gelato, here’s a handy guide to help you make the most of the final days of summer.

10 “Must Do” Vancouver Summer Activities

1) Patio Sipping and Dining. Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger were recently spotted in Vancouver enjoying the view from Boathouse Restaurant. Spend the evening with a drink and a view at one of these breezy bars. Or use this list of Hotel Patios to Sip Away Summer.

2) Visit the Fair at the PNE. A riotous good time for the entire family, enriched with mini doughnuts, corndogs, concerts, Star Trek – The Exhibition, and 55 rides.

3) Consume Gelato. Oh cold and creamy summer magic. La Casa Gelato boasts 200+ flavours. Bella Gelateria’s gelato maker James Coleridge just won at the Florence Gelato Festival in 2012 for his pecan Canadian maple flavour. Use our full list of Vancouver ice cream providers for more palate guidance.

4) Kayak Deep Cove. Remy shares his adventure on “the creme de la creme for kayaking – offering calm waters and a spectacular backdrop…a suburb set along a 25-kilometre fjord that extends from the Burrard Inlet.”

5) Swim Kitsilano Pool. This oceanfront beauty happens to be Canada’s longest salt-water pool. If you’re smitten, look into puchasing the striking Kits Pool photograph currently on show at the Bau Xi Gallery.

6) Take the Kids to Granville Island Waterpark. It’s free and it’s fun, with more dancing geysers than Yellowstone.

7) Date Night at the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, Richmond Night Market, or Summer Night Market. A vibrant, lively evening activity with good eats and concerts.

8) Attend Bard on the Beach. The stunning backdrop of the Burrard Inlet, mountains, and Vancouver skyline compete with the drama on stage. Check our Remy’s review of Macbeth here.

9) Partake in a Summer Picnic at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Share an old-fashioned picnic ($58 for 2, including garden admission) at VanDusen’s Monet-esque Meadow Garden, or surrounded by flowers on the Azalea Path. Dana shares the Truffles Cafe menu deets here.

10) Lounge on Pop Rocks Pop Up Installation. Did you know that the 800 block of Robson has transformed into an outdoor rec room with giant bean bag chairs? Get your keister down there and lounge with some buds, before the installation disappears.

Bonus) Hit the beach. Did I really need to say it?

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