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VM Picks: Top Summer Bucket List

VM Picks: Top Summer Bucket List

It’s back! Our Top Pick Summer Bucket List for 2023.
Sip your way through bubble tea festivals with the craziest flavors you’ve ever tasted. Find those secret spots to stay cool and make a splash without breaking the bank. And don’t forget to get your hands dirty at u-pick berry farms, picking juicy berries like a pro. Whether you’re exploring the city or conquering scenic trails, our list has it all. Let loose, create amazing memories, and make this summer an absolute blast in beautiful Vancouver.

Top Picks Summer Bucket List

Arts & Music Festivals & Events

Photo credit: Vancouver Bubble Tea Festival
  • Vancouver Bubble Tea Festival (July 7-9 at Swangard Stadium)
  • Khatsalano Block Party on West 4th (July 8)
  • Bard on the Beach Family Day Folk Music Festival (July 16 & August 20)
  • Indian Summer Festival (July 6-16)
  • Vancouver Chinatown Festival (July 15-16)
  • Surrey Fusion Festival (July 22-23)
  • CREATE! Arts Festival (July 22-23)
  • Harmony Arts Festival (August 4-13)
  • Langley Arts Alive Festival (August 19)
  • Music and Arts Festival in Harrison Hot Springs (July 7-16)
  • Outdoor movies at Stanley Park
  • Theatre Under the Stars (July 6- August 26)
  • Vancouver Mural Festival (August 4-13)

Fairs ‘n Fests

Photo credit: Playland – Connie Yang
  • Cultus Lake Adventure Park
  • Abbotsford International Airshow 
  • Abbotsford Agrifair 
  • Aldergrove Fair Days
  • Golden Spike Festival
  • Greek Summerfest (July 6-9) and (July 13-16)
  • PNE/Playland
  • Pride Festival
  • Ribfest Port Moody
  • Richmond Maritime Festival
  • Car-free Days
  • Honda Celebration of Light
  • Kitsilano Showboat

Water fun

Photo Credit: False Creek Community Centre- Granville Island Water Park
  • Cultus Lake Water Park
  • Big Splash Park
  • Watermania
  • Bridal Falls Water Park
  • 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

>> Water/Spray Parks to check out in Metro Vancouver

Be a tourist

Photo credit: Sea to Sky Gondola – Robert Brown
  • 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

>>Six local lakes to explore

Outdoor Adventures

Photo Credit: Wildplay Elements Park
  • Wildplay Elements Park >> Read more
  • 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
  • Have a picnic

Night and Day Markets

Photo Credit: Shipyard Night Market-Siu Cheong
  • New West 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

    >> Farmers Markets to visit


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: Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club
  • 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
  • Go Swimming >> Read more
  • Go on a bike ride >> Read more

Animals & Gardens

Photo credit: Mann Farms
  • Maplewood Farm
  • Southlands Heritage Farm
  • Visit Lavenderland in Richmond
  • 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
  • Mann Farms

Rainy days (or a break from the heat)

Photo Credit: Science World
  • 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
  • Castle Fun Park
  • Brentwood Rec Room
  • Central City Fun Park

 50 kid-friendly restaurants 

See Also

Take a Hike

Photo Credit: Unsplash

 Three awesome hikes the kids will love! 

Summer Getaways

Photo credit: Hornby Island
  • Nanaimo
  • Tofino >> Read more
  • Salt Spring Island
  • Harrison Hot Springs
  • Cultus Lake
  • Whistler >> Read more
  • Richmond >> Read more
  • Osoyoos
  • Kelowna
  • Parksville
  • Hornby Island
  • Revelstoke

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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