Paddleboarding and Other Active Ways to Explore Vancouver in the Summer

False Creek | Photo Credit: Yasmine Hardcastle

Personally, I think that visitors to Vancouver have it made as there are so many ways to see the city and its beautiful 360 degree skyline. You can sit and relax while someone takes you around on a bus or horse-drawn carriage, or you can take yourself around with some light to intense outdoor activity (or take a tour that guides you around while you’re getting your workout in.) Here are some great options for the latter, because summer in the city is too nice to not get outside and enjoy!

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Paddleboarding and Other Active Ways to Explore Vancouver in the Summer

A New, Record-Breaking Suspension Bridge is opening in Whistler this Summer

whistler suspension bridge

Image sourced from www.piquenewsmagazine.com

If you’ve already managed to face your fears while crossing Vancouver’s iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge and are looking for a new challenge, you’re in for a treat! This summer, a new 427-ft-long (130 metre) suspension bridge will be opening at the peak of Whistler Mountain.

This suspension bridge is located at an elevation of about 7,200 ft above sea level, making it one of the highest elevated suspension bridges in the world. Located a 2-hour drive away from Vancouver, it may be worth the day trip!

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A New, Record-Breaking Suspension Bridge is opening in Whistler this Summer

Reflections

Photo: Rob Weiss

Widely recognized as an Instagrammable Hotspot, Vancouver is a photographer’s dream! How can we go wrong with spectacular beaches, a growing modern cosmopolitan skyline and a dramatic snowcapped mountain backdrop? In solidarity with my fellow “grammers,” I am constantly on the hunt for that “perfect” shot. Recently, I found myself in the heart of downtown on a beautiful, bright and sunny west coast day. As I casually strolled the city streets, I found myself captivated by a series of fascinating reflections. Voila, immediately in front of me lay a whole new way to envision our magnificent city.

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Reflections

Free Outdoor Yoga Returns to Vancouver for the summer

Outdoor Yoga Kitsilano

Image courtesy of Mat Collective | Facebook.com

Starting on June 1, 2018, free outdoor yoga will be returning to Vancouver and expanding into Downtown and Granville Island in addition to the original Kits Beach and Main Street locations.

As can be expected from Vancouver, the outdoor yoga movement in this city is one of the best in the world. Last year almost 9,000 people participated in the free outdoor yoga program, this year – with two new locations – that number will get even higher!

This summer, Mat Collective will be hosting free outdoor classes around Vancouver every day of the week. Let’s just repeat that, for those who missed the awesomeness of that statement: free yoga classes. every day of the week. outdoors. So this summer, you’ll be able to do your sun salutations under the actual sun any day of the week, for free. How great is that!?

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Free Outdoor Yoga Returns to Vancouver for the summer

Feeling a little bit Country in Campbell Valley

Photo: Birgitt Findler-Sanders

Rich in history, steeped in nature with a sprawling network of well-maintained trails make Campbell Valley Regional Park a favourite in the South Langley area. An ideal spot for birdwatching, picnics, and stretching your legs, the 535-hectare park features a variety of landscapes including lush forests, grassland vistas and wetlands. With over 29 km of trails to choose from, it’s often difficult to pick the perfect path. However, for a quick and easy family -friendly outing I always enjoy a jaunt along the Little River Loop Trail.

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Feeling a little bit Country in Campbell Valley

Superhero Sighting in White Rock

Photo: Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society

Check your tide chart, grab your sunscreen and plot a course for the intertidal zone at White Rock Beach. There amongst the hermit crabs, barnacles, periwinkles and sea stars, you’ll spot them. Although they may not be wearing capes and masks, these modern day, aspiring scientists are heroes to me. Each summer, the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society Beach Hero Marine Interpreters offer free guided walks at Crescent Beach and White Rock Beach. Under their expert guidance, the small-scale world found under your feet comes to life.

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Superhero Sighting in White Rock

Vancouver outdoor pools open for the season on Saturday, May 19

Kits Pool Opening Date

Kitsilano Pool. Photo credit: Kitsilano.ca

With the heat wave that’s been hitting Vancouver these past few days (and continuing into the foreseeable future), outdoor pool season couldn’t be coming fast enough!

Luckily, the official opening date for Vancouver’s much-loved outdoor pools is happening soon. So, if you’re ready to plan a day spend dipping into the refreshing waters of a Vancouver outdoor pool, you’re in luck.

Whether you’re a fan of Kits Pool, Second Beach pool, or New Brighton Pool, their opening dates and information are below.

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Vancouver outdoor pools open for the season on Saturday, May 19