Okay, we admit it – June hasn’t exactly been all that we could hope this year. All the same, the days are getting longer, the school year is winding to a close, and summer is on its way. We decided to turn to the best experts on the city we know, our fellow Vancouver moms, to get the scoop on what to do in Vancouver this summer. What says summer in the city to you? You shared your answers with us on Facebook and Twitter.
What to do in Vancouver This Summer
Our Facebook Fans Share
When we asked our fabulous Facebook fans what says summer in Vancouver to them, they were happy to answer.
Crosstown Parents Network shared, “A visit to CRAB park at Portside! Such a wonderful spot..so much to see and do for both kids and parents!”
Lullaby League likes to get active, saying, “Just getting on our bikes, hitting the seawall and going, going, going!”
The folks at Ayoudo like to get their party on: “Definitely partial to summer music festivals like TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and a bit further afield: Live At Squamish ♥ Oh, and Bard on the Beach!”
2012 Top Vancouver Mom Blogger Tairalyn Ciulla shared her ideas for what to do in Vancouver this summer, “Walking the Olympic Village…. Granville Island…. Any restaurant patio, and of course La Casa Gelato!!!”
Janelle Bakker-Chan likes to explore Vancouver’s parks. She shared her picks, “New Brighton Outdoor Pool- great gradual entry for little ones, small slide and big slide, inexpensive. Cates Park – throwing rocks, digging sand, new playground with fun equipment, huge grass area great for picnic or BBQ.”
Tamara Grand loves, “A day at Crescent beach!”
Rhona Young also loves some time at the beach, saying, “Third Beach everytime! Followed by a quick dip in Second Beach Pool on the way home.”
Babyproofit likes to spend some time at, “Granville Island water park.”
Tweet Your Summer in Vancouver Tips
Our amazing Twitter followers also shared their favourite ideas for what to do in Vancouver over the summer.
2012 Top Vancouver Mom Blogger Erin McGann, a.k.a. @erinehm, says that she loves, “U-pick strawberry picking, splash parks, beach days.”
Alexis Hinde, whose Twitter handle is @alexishinde asked, “Does ice cream count as a summer activity?” When we assured her that it did, and asked for her favourite, she shared, “That’s easy! Bella Gelateria. No one makes gelato and sorbetto like James!”
Josephine Jacob, who tweets as @JosieJacob loves, “Going to the water park on Granville island and walking along the sea wall exploring different parks.”
2012 Top Vancouver Mom Blogger Jennifer Kossowan, a.k.a. @jkossowan, shared her tips for what to do in Vancouver this summer: “Seawall walking, beach visits, trips to Granville Island, and berry picking.”
When it comes to what says summer in Vancouver the folks at Calixica Spa, who tweet as @CalixicaSpa, groove on, “That warm ocean smell!”
Modern Mama, whose Twitter handle is @modernmama, is looking forward to, “Beach weather. +20 degrees.” Preach it, sister.
2012 Top Vancouver Mom Blogger North Shore Mama, who you may follow at @NShoreMama, loves, “Backyard BBQ’s, bike rides, bare feet, drinking from the garden hose (I know! Gross!), watermelon, soft serve ice cream.”
Nancy Owens, a.k.a. PoMoNancyO, shares her favourite ideas for what to do in Vancouver this summer: “Fireworks! Grouse Grind! Pride! Malkin Bowl concerts! Farmers’ markets! PNE!”
The people behind Ginger Baby Sales, who tweet as @GingerBabySales, loves, “A trip to La Casa Gelato on Venables!”
2012 Top Vancovuer Mom Blogger @BitsofBee also loves a frozen treat, saying, “Ice cream cones on the boardwalk at the Granville Island Public Market.”
The folks at @raspberrykids enjoy, “Fireworks! Car free days! Fresh Air Cinemas! Bard on the Beach! Seawall walks/runs. Farmers’ markets! Berry Farms! BBQs!”
The Folks at VancouverMom.ca Share
The people behind VancouverMom.ca didn’t want to be left out. We also shared our ideas for what to do in Vancouver this summer.
Publisher Christine Pilkington loves, “Hanging out at our local neighbourhood wading pool at the park across the street.”
East Side Contributor Lisa Corriveau shares, “I love all the festivals like Car-Free Day and Illuminares, cycling everywhere, and doing our shopping at farmers’ markets.”
Online Coordinator Aisha Tejani says, “Summer in Vancouver to me means going on the Grouse Grind!”
Content Manager Amber Strocel feels that summer in Vancouver is all about, “Playland! I love Playland and the PNE. I also love taking my kids for fish and chips at the beach, picking blackberries and Port Moody’s Golden Spike Days.”
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.