Summer is the best season in Vancouver and we do not want to miss a second of the sweet sunshine and warm temperatures. That's why we want to help you make the most of the summer 2018 with our ultimate guide before the season is long gone and we're back to the rain and cold.
From wineries to beaches, hikes, festivals and more, the season is filled with non-stop opportunities for good times. There's no reason to explore your own province and go on adventures. Check out these 31 things to add to your summer bucket list!
1. Explore beautiful BC by hiking
There are too many beautiful hikes in B.C. to resist – hiking is always a must during the summer. Whether you want to do a day hike in the city or want to venture out to further trails, there is sure to be an incredible hike that is awaiting you.
2. Visit the beautiful wineries in the Okanagan
Escape to wine valley! The Okanagan is only a few hours away from Vancouver and is filled with amazing wineries with incredible views of the vineyards, lakes and mountains. Go on a weekend getaway and get day drunk sampling wines from different vineyards under the summer sun.
3. Go surfing in Tofino
Go for a weekend getaway and explore Tofino, a surfer's haven in B.C. The beach town is full of great surf spots, stunning hikes, hot springs and more! It's a must-visit for anyone.
4. Try all the crazy foods at the Richmond Night Market
If you're looking to try foods and drinks you've never had before, the Richmond Night Market is calling your name. This annual summer event is always a hit. This year, there are over 100 vendors for your food and shopping needs. There is also live performances every night. Admission costs only $4.25 and the market runs on weekends.
5. Watch free outdoor movies by the water
This is a classic event in Vancouver, because who doesn't love watching free movies at the beach at sunset? Outdoor cinemas at scenic locations like Second Beach in Stanley Park and Canada Place will return in July and run until the end of August. Movies will be screened weekly, every Tuesday at Stanley Park and every Thursday at Canada Place.
6. Cozy up to The Celebration Of Lights fireworks
This annual firework competition always goes out with a bang – the Honda Celebration of Light 2018 will light up the Vancouver skies on Saturday, July 28, Wednesday, August 1 and Saturday, August 4. The fireworks take place at English Bay at 10 pm.
7. Explore B.C.'s surreal waterfalls
With so many spectacular waterfalls in the province, ignore TLC's advice and go chasing waterfalls this summer. Some waterfalls even provide a nice swimming spot in the summer and some entail a nice hike in the forest. If you're not the hiking type, there's also waterfalls that can easily be viewed from a platform.
8. Take free salsa lessons at Robson Square
Save money for patios and festivals this summer and take free salsa lessons at Robson Square. Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual weekly lesson of salsa that offers free beginner lessons at 3 pm to 3:30 pm every Sunday from July 8 to August 26. Afterwards, you can watch the performances at 5 pm.
9. Go berry picking at a U-Pick farm
A berry cute activity for summer, you can pick some fresh berries from a farm in B.C. It's the perfect BFF date for summer and also won't cost you much. Check out these adorable places where you can go berry picking in Vancouver.
10. Float down this 7 km lazy river in Penticton
Float on – go tubing for free at this unique 7 km lazy river in Penticton, which is only a few hours from Vancouver. It's so long that tubing down the whole river will take you three to four hours, so it's perfect for days when you want to lie out in the sun and do nothing. If you don't have your own tube, renting one will only cost $6 at the tube rental shop, Coyote Cruises, which is located at the launch site of the river.
11. Join the street party Khatsahlano
If you're looking for a free festival to go to, Khatsahlano is a huge street festival that happens every year in Kitsilano. It's the largest free music and arts festival in Vancouver. There will be over 50 of Vancouver’s local musicians performing as well as food, patios, activities, and beer gardens onsite.
12. Go on a camping trip at these beautiful and free campsites
#ExploreBC and go camping! Many popular camping spots require reservations and book up months in advance, so go off the beaten path and visit these amazing and free campsites that don't require any pre-booking. Plus it'll be less crowded!
13. Rent out a beautiful waterfront cottage for cheap
Can't go away on vacation this summer? Go on a vacation in your own province and rent out a beautiful cottage for cheap. Round up your crew and go on a weekend getaway!
14. Visit this secret tropical patio in Vancouver
If you're sick of visiting the same old patios, check out The Narrow Lounge, which is a hidden gem in Vancouver. This speakeasy style bar has no signs – it's located on Main Street and 3rd Avenue and the only way you'll know you're at the bar is a red light above its door. In the summer they have a tiki-style outdoor patio called The Hideaway.
15. Visit Playland for some carnival fun
Bring back your childhood memories at Playland, Vancouver's amusement park that has over 35 rides and attractions. One-Day admission costs $34 dollars onlineor $37 at the gate. They also have adult only nights with booze; every Friday from June 22 to July 27, Playland will be for 19+ adults-only. Tickets are available at Ticketleader for $31 and cost $34 at the gate.
16. Explore these breathtaking lakes
There is no shortage of surreal lakes in B.C. – so spend at least a day or two this summer chilling out lakeside. Round up your crew, bring some floaties and some brews and your perfect lake day is complete.
17. Stroll through the Shipyards Night Market
The annual and free Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver is running all summer long to bring you entertainment, shops, food and drinks. The Shipyards will be every Friday night starting at 5 pm, from May 4 until September 28. There will be over 100 vendors and over 30 food trucks.
18. Hit up these bucket list Vancouver nightclubs
Go hard this summer and hit up the clubs and bars in Vancouver. It's so much easier to go out in summer with the warmer (goodbye coat check) and sunnier (no more standing in the rain) weather.
19. Explore the beautiful and famous Hatley Castle
This incredible Edwardian castle with 565 oceanfront acres is famous – it has been the set of many Hollywood movies like X-Men and Deadpool. Located in Victoria, Hatley Castle is a National Historic Site.
20. Visit The Fair at the PNE
This annual carnival brings entertainment, festival food, rides and more to Vancouver! For the 2018 season, The Fair at the PNE will run from August 18 to September 3, with closures on August 20 and 27. There will be over 50 rides to experience, exhibits, live performances and concerts, carnival games, tons of food and drinks and more!
21. Go kayaking
Go for a cute kayak date this summer with your BF or BFF. You can rent single or double kayaks at many places in Vancouver, such as in Deep Cove, Granville Island or Kits Beach.
22. Go to SKOOKUM Festival
This festival newcomer to Vancouver is bringing an impressive lineup. Artists like The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Metric, Milky Chance and many more will be gracing the stage. Taking place at Stanley Park, SKOOKUM will be from September 7 to 9. The festival will bring a weekend celebrating music, creative and culinary arts.
23. Visit Cultus Lake Waterpark
Slip and slide your way into summer at BC's largest waterpark. Located just an hour away from Vancouver, this waterpark is open every day of the summer. Cultus Lake Waterpark has tons of body slides such as the Bazooka Bowl and Freefall as well as tube and raft slides. Admission costs $30.48 for a full day pass.
24. Patio hop
Patio season is in full swing and we couldn't be more excited because there are so many amazing patios to choose from. From beachfront patios to rooftops and more, you'll find it all in Vancouver.
25. Jump around at Harrison Watersports Water Park
For some trampoline and slide fun, head on over to Harrison Watersports' epic Water Park. This one of a kind inflatable water park in B.C. is opening for the season on June 23. Admission for the day costs $33.33.
26. Finish this bucket list of Vancouver ice creams
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream cause it's summer! Indulge yourself with some yummy ice cream on a summer day and eat your way through this bucket list of Vancouver ice creams.
27. Go for a Tree Top Adventure course
Feel like a kid at this aerial tree course in Whistler. The Treetop Adventure Course at TAG Whistler has more than 70 elements with varying levels of difficulty so that both beginners and advanced climbers can have fun. The full course costs $69 and lasts three to four hours. If you want to save a bit of money, Twilight Pricing, which is from 4pm to 5pm, is $59.
28. Take pictures at the Vancouver Mural Festival
Vancouver's biggest annual free public art celebration is returning this summer! From August 6 to 11, murals will be on display in the city from a variety of artists. Check out their website for a full map of the mural locations.
29. Sleep in a unique treehouse at Free Spirit Spheres
You've never had a sleepover like this before. At Free Spirit Spheres, you can sleep in a suspended spherical treehouse that is an absolute dream – and total Insta goals. This renowned accommodation experience puts you in the midst of the coastal rainforest on Vancouver Island. It's sure to be a serene and secluded getaway in nature.
30. Go swimming at Kitsilano Pool
The newly renovated Kitsilano is back better than ever. Take a dip at this waterfront outdoor pool that offers scenic views of Kits Beach. Vancouver's only outdoor saltwater pool will be open from May 19 to September 16 for the 2018 season.