6 Ways to Beat the Heat in Vancouver

Photo: Bella Gelateria Facebook page

“Summer, summer, summertime–time to sit back and unwind.” and keep cool in the sizzling temperatures! Though the Pacific Northwest is a rainforest, Mother Nature turns up the heat at this time of year. And while it’s nice to feel the sun on my face, I won’t say no to a refreshing beverage or a nice beachfront breeze. These are some of my favourite ways to beat the heat in Vancouver.

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Relax poolside with a chilled lemonade or glide your way to keeping cool. | Photo: Pan Pacific Hotel

1. Go for a swim with a view

Is there anything more refreshing and fun than splashing around in a pool? Possibly, but you have to admit that swimming or peacefully floating with the mountains in the background sounds pretty darn good. We have several outdoor public pools with amazing views around the city and if you’re looking for pools with more amenities like towels, cocktails, check out these scenic outdoor hotel pools.

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Hop on a ferry to feel the breeze while exploring False Creek. | Photo: Yasmine Hardcastle

2. Hop on a ferry

Four words: breeze with a view. One of my favourite things to do in the summer is get around the city via the little ferries that go around False Creek. The view is fabulous and the wind feels equally so on a hot day. This is also a very photo worthy way to travel around. Click here for your ferry options.

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Photo via Tourism Vancouver

3. Relax at the spa

Cool down with some pampering at the spa. Whether it’s for a detoxifying face mask, pedicure to better show off your summer sandals, or a relaxing massage, pop into the refreshing air of one of Vancouver’s spas. Click here for some unique to Vancouver treatments! (Even for the gents!)

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Photo via Bella Gelateria Facebook page

4. Explore the city with a cool beverage or snack

Neighbourhoods like Yaletown, Gastown, and Kitsilano have many a coffee shop serving iced coffee and affogatos, and other venues offering refreshing beverages like cold pressed juice and smoothies. And may I suggest a gelato? Actually, definitely get a gelato, and let us know what flavour(s) you get!

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Stay in the shade of the trees to keep cool while hiking. | Photo: Jason Payne/ PNG

5. Go for a hike

Let the fresh mountain air and shade of our forest trees keep you cool as you hike up the Grouse Grind or any of these paths up to epic Pacific Northwest views. (And remember to bring enough water for your hike!)

Image via LEVEL Living

6. Quench your thirst on a patio

When in doubt, install yourself under the shade of a patio umbrella. Order a refreshing cocktail and some snacks and watch the world go by. Vancouver’s craft breweries and brewpubs also have excellent patios–sample crisp craft beer (saison, anyone?) and ciders from all around the city and province.

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