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VM Picks: Top Summer Bucket List 2022

VM Picks: Top Summer Bucket List 2022

Two kids splashing their legs on floatis in a blue pool.

It’s back! Our Top Pick Summer Bucket List for 2022.
We’ve pulled together a massive list of activities to check off your summer bucket list. From one-of-a-kind bubble tea festivals and free places to get wet & stay cool to local must-visit favourites like u-pick berries. We searched far and wide to make this the most epic summer list. It’s the perfect time to be close to the ones you love the most and celebrate our beautiful city.

Pick your favourites from our Top Summer Bucket List 2022 and prepare for full-on summer-making memories!

Check out our 2022 Featured Summer Bucket List 

Top Picks Summer Bucket List

Arts & Music Festivals & Events

Photo credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane.
  • Whistler Children’s Festival
  • Vancouver Bubble Tea Festival
  • Khatsalano Block Party on West 4th
  • Bard on the Beach Family Day Folk Music Festival 
  • Indian Summer Festival
  • Vancouver Chinatown Festival
  • Harmony Arts Festival
  • Arts Alive Festival
  • Harrison Hot Springs
  • Outdoor movies at Stanley Park
  • Theatre Under the Stars
  • Vancouver Mural Festival

Fairs ‘n Fests

Photo credit: City of Surrey – Canada Day
  • Surrey Canada Day
  • Cultus Lake Adventure Park
  • Abbotsford International Airshow 
  • Abbotsford Agrifair 
  • Aldergrove Fair Days
  • Golden Spike Festival
  • Greek Days
  • PNE/Playland
  • Pride Festival
  • Ribfest Port Moody
  • Richmond Maritime Festival
  • Car-free Days
  • Honda Celebration of Light
  • Kistilano Showboat

Water fun

Photo Credit: Harriet Fancott – Kits pool (closed this summer 2022)
  • Cultus Lake Water Park
  • Big Splash Park
  • Watermania
  • Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tour
  • Jericho Beach >> Read more
  • Granville Island Water Park >> Read more 
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Fountain >> Read more
  • Rent a kayak 
  • Third Beach in Stanley Park
  • New Brighton Park and Pool >> Read more
  • White Pine Beach >> Read more 
  • Try Paddleboarding

Six local lakes to explore

See Also

Be a tourist

  • Greater Vancouver Zoo
  • Stanley Park Horse-drawn Tour
  • Harrison Hot Springs 
  • Granville Island >> Read More
  • Sunday Salsa at Robson Square
  • Head up to Whistler >> Read more
  • Shop local on Main Street
  • Explore New West Quay and Pier Park
  • Explore Steveston Village >> Read more
  • Take a harbour cruise
  • Ride the Whistler Peak2Peak Gondola
  • Sea to Sky Gondola >> Read More!
  • Ride bikes around the Stanley Park seawall

Outdoor Adventures

Photo Credit: Chillwack Sunflower
  • Chillwack Sunflower
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Treetop walk at UBC >> Read more
  • Go to a U-Pick Berry Farm! >> Read more
  • Castle Fun Park Minigolf
  • Twilight Drive-in Theatre
  • Bike the seawall
  • Fly a kite >> Read more
  • Camping at Golden Ears >> Read more
  • Visit a million dollar playground >> Read more

Night and Day Markets

Photo Credit: Harriet Fancott – Richmond Night Market
  • River Market
  • Shipyard Night Market
  • Circle Farm Tour
  • Food Truck Festival
  • Richmond Night Market
  • Shannon Falls >> Read more
  • Il Mercato Italian Market
  • Kitsilano Farmers Market
  • Vancouver Farmers Market >> Read more
  • Main Street Station Farmers Market
  • West End Farmers Market


Photo credit: Britannia Shipyards
  • Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site >> Read more.
  • HR MacMillan Space Centre
  • Vancouver Police Museum
  • ArtStarts Gallery
  • Bloedel Conservatory
  • Burnaby Village Museum
  • London Heritage Farm and Gardens
  • West Coast Heritage Railway Park
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Roedde House Museum
  • Museum of Vancouver
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Polygon Gallery Kids First
  • Britannia Mine Museum 
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site


Photo Credit: Como Lake Fishing Derby
  • Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium
  • Whitecaps FC2 Game
  • Richmond Outdoor Go-Kart Track
  • Crankworx Whistler
  • BC Superweek Pro-Cycling Series
  • Rogers Arena tours
  • Go bowling
  • Go fishing >> Read more
  • BC Lions Football at BC Place

Animals & Gardens
  • Maplewood Farm
  • Southlands Heritage Farm
  • Van Dusen Gardens
  • Abbotsford Agrifair
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
  • UBC Farm
  • Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Greater Vancouver Zoo
  • Capilano Salmon Hatchery
  • Bloedel Conservatory

Rainy days (or a break from the heat)

Photo Credit: The World of Kidtropolis
  • The World of Kidtropolis 
  • Metropolis at Metrotown
  • Granville Island Kids Market
  • Adventure Zone
  • Circus Play Café 
  • FlyOver Canada
  • Science World
  • 6Pack Indoor Beach 
  • APEX Adventure Park
  • Base Camp 5

 50 kid-friendly restaurants 

Summer Bucket List

Take a Hike

Photo Credit: Unsplash

 Three awesome hikes the kids will love! 

Summer Getaways

Summer Bucket List
Tofino is a must-visit for beach lovers

We can’t wait to see what fun things you are up to with your families this summer. Our hopes is that this list helps you create unforgettable memories with your family. Did you know you can bookmark this page so that you can visit it again? We update it every year. Make sure to tag us at #vancouvermom so we can share all your incredible summertime adventures! Did we miss your favourite spot? Let us know.

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