June is here, and the days are getting warmer and longer. There’s a definite feel of summer in the air. If you’re making your bucket list for summer 2014, we have some ideas. All week long we’ve been sharing our 20 favourite ways to get out and enjoy summer in Vancouver. Up today? Numbers 16 through 20.
Summer in Vancouver: Five (More) Ways to Enjoy It
16. Attend a Festival
There are so many great summer festivals in Vancouver, from the Folk Music Festival to the Storytelling Festival to the Busker Festival, Pride and more. We’ve already listed the Celebration of Light and the Food Cart Fest, too. And of course the Fair at the PNE is the biggest festival going. There are so many more we can’t list them all, so check out what’s happening in your neighbourhood!
17. Look Down on the City from the Top of a Mountain
Mountains are a defining feature of our city, which means one of the best ways to see Vancouver is from the top of one of them. If you and your family are up for it, go hiking. Of course the Grouse Grind is a very popular trail, but there are countless to choose from. If you’re not up for the hike you can take the gondola up. There are also lots of viewpoints you can drive to. The one up Cypress is particularly pretty, and there’s also a great view from the top of Burnaby Mountain – plus there’s a playground and Horizons if you’re looking for entertainment when you arrive.
18. Celebrate Canada Day
Canada Day is a great way to kick off summer in Vancouver, with the kids out of school. There are celebrations all across the city, but one of the biggest and best is at Canada Place. Wherever you go and however you celebrate, though, make sure to dress the part. Red, white and maple leafs are an absolute must.
Summer is the high point of the farmers’ market season, and there are so many great markets around Metro Vancouver to choose from. The Vancouver Farmers Markets are the place to start, especially the Trout Lake Market, which is something everyone should visit at least once. There are markets in other communities across the region as well, so wherever you live there’s sure to be fresh, local produce nearby. Check out the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets to find yours.
20. Watch a Movie Outdoors
Starting July 8, 2014 and continuing every Tuesday night in July and August, Fresh Air Cinema’s Summer Cinema Series is taking place at Second Beach in Stanley Park. The movies start at dusk and include some family-friendly titles. There are other outdoor movie screenings in Vancouver and across the region, too. Visit Outdoor Movies BC on Facebook to find out more.
What about you – what’s on your summer in Vancouver bucket list for 2014?
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.