5 lazy things to do on Labour Day weekend 2015 in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Vancouver Brewery Tours on Facebook

Photo sourced from Vancouver Brewery Tours on Facebook

Labour Day weekend is the last hurrah of summer, the final chance to cram in some seasonal fun before the old routine resumes.

Sure, you could huff it up the Grouse Grind or jog around Coal Harbour this long weekend. But in honour of Labour Day, which marks how Canadians fought for better working conditions and shorter hours, why not celebrate the fact that you have a glorious day off (or three) by doing nothing strenuous?

In other words, milk the “lazy” part of the “lazy hazy days of summer”.

Here are 5 laidback ways to celebrate the Labour Day weekend.

Take a Vancouver Brewery Tour

Sure, you could just sit around drink at home. But here’s an easy way to expand your craft beer horizons without too much effort.

Ryan Mackey leads public tours of some of Vancouver’s best breweries. Groups meet at Waterfront Skytrain station and are taken around by van (sit back and relax!) to visit three breweries in three or four hours.

While there are no tours on Labour Day (September 7), a handful of tours run on the days prior. As you taste at places like Strange Fellows, Storm Brewing, and Brassneck Brewing, you can fill a growler to crack open on the holiday Monday.

See Vancouver Brewery Tours for details.

Photo credit Imogen Huxham | Flickr

Photo credit Imogen Huxham | Flickr

Watch a baseball game

Notice we didn’t say “play” a baseball game? (That would be too strenuous.)

The minor league Vancouver Canadians play three home games this weekend against the Everett AquaSox: at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

Nat Bailey Stadium is a nice place to kick back with a hot dog, and you can relax in nearby Queen Elizabeth Park before or after.

Photo credit Ruth Hartnup | Flickr

Photo credit Ruth Hartnup | Flickr

Make like a log on the beach

Fair warning: if you head to Jericho Beach or Kitsilano Beach, you’ll see a lot of very active people. They’ll be running, biking, playing volleyball, and swimming laps in Kits pool.

But there are plenty of logs that you can just lie down in front of and watch the ocean. Nobody will judge. In fact, behind some of those logs there are guaranteed to be a few people napping in the sun.

You could be one of them.

Photo credit Kris Krüg | Flickr

Photo credit Kris Krüg | Flickr

Linger luxuriously over coffee or brunch

You know how you grab that last sip of coffee running out the door on workdays? Sit down and really enjoy a cup this weekend.

Vancouver has plenty of stellar coffee shops, such as Caffè Artigiano (above), where you can pass a pleasant few hours people-watching.

Grab a seat and watch other people rush to work.

Image courtesy of Sagmeister & Walsh

Image courtesy of Sagmeister & Walsh

Contemplate what makes you happy

This weekend is your last chance to see a very uplifting exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver. Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show runs until September 7, and it’s well worth a visit.

The exhibition ponders what makes us happy–and it nicely puts work and time off into perspective.

Every seven years, New York-based designer Sagmeister takes a year-long sabbatical to recharge his creative batteries.

“Right now we spend the first 25 years of our lives learning, the next 40 years working, another 15 years in retirement and then we die,” he explains in one part of the show. “It is beneficial for me to cut off five of these retirement years and insert them into my working years.”

The show might just inspire you to take more than a long weekend to do what makes you happy.

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