Summer in Vancouver! Is there anything better? Beaches, pools and spray parks are a must. But why not fly high (or least watch) at the Abbotsford Air Show or head up Grouse Mountain for a nature fix. Too hot for you? Head inside to the cool rooms of the Tsawwassen Mills, the indoor beaches of 6Pack Beach or take in a summer blockbuster at Cineplex VIP or head up to the Britannia Mining Museum. How about a getaway to Whistler? Think cool waters and great eats or a wine tour or pool time at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa. What’s on your Bucket List?
VM Picks: 2017 Summer Bucket List
Head to Whistler!
Who doesn’t want to hightail it to Whistler in the summer! A visit to the stunning resort isn’t just for the world famous slopes, Whistler has tons of things to do in the summer. Fresh lakes for swimming and paddleboarding, mountain hikes, ziplining and cycling; it’s a natural paradise. Add their Children’s Festival and Canada150 Day celebrations, and it’s time to book a hotel stat!
Cineplex Cinemas – A Memorable Movie Experience
Fly high at the Abbotsford Air Show
Want to wow the kids and maybe even yourself? Head to the famous Abbotsford Air Show and check out the Snowbirds and other snazzy spitfires zooming overhead. People gather from around the globe to look to the skies in awe. Ranked among one of the Top Ten Airshows in the world by USA Today in 2013 – the event remains one of the best aviation events on earth and in the sky.The Kids Zone will feature an array of activities including inflatable toys, bouncy castles, a blow up archery unit from Cabelas, a climbing wall, as well as aerospace presentations from Science World!
Get into nature at Grouse Mountain
From grizzly bears to black-tailed deer, nature hikes to evening bonfires, Grouse Mountain boasts a wonderful wild-side that has never been more accessible. Get up close with our resident grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola or watch a falcon take flight at our Birds in Motion demo. Stroll over to our World-famous Lumberjack Show or head out on a guided-Eco Walk. Learn about the Mountain’s flora and fauna in the Into the Wild Interpretive Zone and finish off your day around our evening bonfire listening to guitar music. And don’t miss their popular Canada celebration!
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Rainy day fun at 6Pack Beach
Too wet or cloudy for the beach but still craving a little sandy fun? Head over to 6Pack Beach for some indoor beach fun. Guaranteed rain-free. On Canada Day, join them for their annual 6 Pack Beach Bash from 10am – 3pm. Rain or shine, go dig, build and play!
Take a summer getaway to Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa
Calling all water babies, wine-lovers, sun-worshippers and fun-seekers! This winning 4-star resort is set on Okanagan Lake and makes for a perfect summer getaway with a glorious pool (and hot tub), nearby vineyards and kids activities.
Escape the heat (or rain) at Tsawwassen Mills
Hey! Did you know that Tsawwassen Mills is super family friendly and a great way to escape the heat or rain over the summer. Kids will enjoy watching – or trying! – the indoor skate park at West 49. You can also check out the themed bowling alley at Bass Pro Shops. Toddlers can climb about in the West Coast-inspired play area found in the Nature neighbourhood. Celebrate Canada 150 at Tsawwassen Mills with a host of truly Canadian themed activities including face painting, tattoos, photo booth, arts and crafts, entertainment and more.
Rainy day fun at Sky Zone, Surrey
When it’s too hot or too wet, take the kids to Sky Zone and have the kids bounce off their walls not yours. Think wall-to-wall bouncy surfaces, and everything from sensory evenings for sensitive jumpers to madcap birthday parties, fitness nights and dodgeball. Oh and they have summer Sky camps too!
Britannia Mine Museum
On your way to Whistler? Don’t fly by the Britannia Mine Museum. Stop in! Less than a hundred years ago, the Britannia Mine Museum was the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Today, it’s a National Historic Site and a bustling, award-winning Museum that offers guided underground tours, theatre, historical and interactive exhibits and gold panning that the kids will love! Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a little interactive history! Grab a maple leaf pin and Canadian flag as you come in, and then explore the history of Britannia Mine.
More 2017 Featured Bucket List
BC Lions game
BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Big Splash Park
Burnaby Village Museum
City of Coquitlam, Canada Day & Kaleidoscope Arts Festival
Folk Music Festival
Fort Langley National Historic Site
Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
Manning Park Resort
Richmond Go-kart Track
Roedde House Museum
Theatre under the Stars
Twilight Drive-in Theatre
Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver Chinatown Festival
Vancouver Mural Festival
West Coast Heritage Railway Park
Whistler Children’s Festival