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30 Vancouver Things You And Your Friends Should Treat Yourselves To This Summer

Go and love yourself.

You've experienced the long and cold winter of Vancouver – so it's time to reward yourself with some TLC summer style. Whether you want to shell out some of your hard earned cash or find an affordable way to luxury, we're here to help you out. 

You should go and love yourself, so indulge in the luxuries of life, whether they be big or small. No matter if you're looking to treat yourself through food, drinks, spas, getaways or more, this list will help make sure you are well taken care of. 

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1. Go whitewater rafting with Squamish Rafting

Treat yourself to a thrill and raft through raging rapids. Try a wild water adventure that's unlike any other all the while experiencing the mountainous beauty of Squamish. Squamish Rafting has a variety of rafting excursions to choose from; so whether you want a half-day trip, day trip or overnight excursion, there's a trip for you. 


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2. Indulge yourself with a spa day at the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim 

Escape to a luxurious spa at the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. This day spa has Instagram perfect shot after perfect shot. Offering beautiful views of the city, waterfront and mountains, the Willow Stream spa features nine treatment areas, a couples’ room with deep Japanese Zen tub, a Nail Spa, a full fitness centre and spa terrace. They also have adorable lounges to enjoy the spa!


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3. Brunch in Provence at Market by Jean-Georges Vancouver

The cutest brunch of summer is at Market by Jean-Georges at the Shangri-La. Their new Instagrammable brunch and happy hour series is called Belle Provence, and brings the atmosphere of the South of France to the terrace. There is an adorable floral wall and floral decor, Provençale-inspired dishes and live music during weekend brunch, and cocktail and food specials during daily Apéro. This brunch series runs until mid-September. 


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4. Try modernist cuisine at Adesso


Adesso in the West-End has relaunched with a new Executive Chef, Pekka Tavela, and new General Manger, Bradley Sample. 
This delicious restaurant is bringing Modernist cuisine to Vancouver, with dishes that are influenced by a variety of cultures. From the tranquil garden patio to the amazing food, you'll have an absolute lovely time at this neighbourhood restaurant. Pro tip: their miso glazed fried chicken is something everyone needs to try. 


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5. Get pampered with lash and beauty services delivered straight to your door by Tianna Tran 

Want to get a long lasting lash lift or get some amazing hair and makeup done? Tianna Tran is your girl! This seriously talented professional makeup artist started B.C.'s first ever mobile makeup and hair studio, Rollin' Beauty. You can get a long lasting YUMI Lash Lift so you don't have to worry about doing your lashes for two to three months or makeup and hair services with Tianna. 


  

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6. Try the Omakase Long Table Sushi Experience at the Lobby Lounge RawBar Fairmont Pacific Rim

Can't fly to Japan this summer? Treat yourself to a delicious Japanese meal experience instead! The Lobby Lounge RawBar at the Fairmont Pacific Rim has a new Omakase Long Table Sushi Experience and consists of house-made traditional Miso Soup and 100% Ocean Wise signature such as Maki rolls, sashimi, nigiri and chef favourites. 


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7. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi at Prép Beauty Parlour 

Indulge in a mani/pedi – after all, it is the season for sandals and flip flops! Prép is the perfect place to go for luxurious but affordable beauty services. Their services are all top-notch. They also have the cutest indoor swing set and white interior. Aside from nail services, they also offer eyelash extensions, lash lifts, makeup and hair services and more! 


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8. Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish

The Sea to Sky Gondola makes for a beautiful outdoor adventure complete with a gorgeous suspension bridge that gives you breathtaking views of the mountains and fjords of Squamish. It costs $39.95 if you purchase in advance online. You can also get 50 percent off when you visit after 5PM on Saturdays!


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9. Share the massive Pineapple Drink at Clough Club

The Clough Club has some of the most Instagrammable and extra drinks in the city – such as their Pineapple #1 and #2 drinks. These massive cocktails are served in a golden pineapple and are meant to be shared between a minimum of four people. It costs $65 total but around $11 to $16 per person depending on how many people are sharing the drink. 


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10. Go extreme ATVing in Whistler 

It's the perfect day trip with your friends! Rip through the mountains with a quad bike on an all-terrain tour across the backcountry of Whistler. Whistler ATV Tours offers a variety of tours suited for every adventure type.  


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11. Go on a spa day at The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara 

If you want to escape away to a tranquil, luxurious spa at an afforable price,  visit The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara. This one of a kind grotto spa costs $45 for admission to the mineral pool facilities and is also complimentary with any sixty minute spa treatment. The spa is located in Parksville on Vancouver Island. 


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12. Go jetskiing with Vancouver Water Adventures

Treat yourself to some outdoor fun this summer! Go for a cruise on the Pacific Ocean. Vancouver Water Adventures on Granville Island has seadoos for rent and guided tours. You can either jet ski independently or go on a guided tour, with options like the Bowen Island Dinner Tour. 


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13. Spa Vacation at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

This oceanfront boutique resort will have you feeling like you left the city for a beach vacation in no time. The Oak Bay Beach Hotel's spa has three heated outdoor mineral baths so you can admire the water views. If you do a spa treatment, you get four hour access to the baths and facilities.


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14. Soak in the Hot Springs at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Experience Canada's largest hot springs at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort! The biggest hot springs doesn't come with a huge price tag – it only costs $12.95 for a swim. 


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15. Desserts at Mosquito

This dessert and champage bar in Gastown has absolutely divine desserts and the perfect date night atmosphere. Desserts range from $13 to $15 and the menu changes seasonally. Right now there are dishes such as a Venezuela Chocolate Soufflé, Thai Basil & Raspberry Chocolate Bar and more. There are also other sharing plates if you want something savoury as well. 


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16. Go for a spa getaway at the Sparkling Hill Resort

One of the nicest spa infinity pools in B.C. is at Sparkling Hill Resort and Spa in Vernon. This luxurious spa resort has picture perfect mountain and lake views and an award winning spa, KurSpa. It is one of the biggest luxury spas in Canada. 


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17. Snorkel and Kayak with Seals with Sea Dragon Charters

Go on an underwater adventure this summer you might not have even known was a possibility in Vancouver! You can snorkel and kayak with seals with Sea Dragon Charters for a wildlife encounter you'll never forget. They also have scuba diving expeditions, sunset cruises and private boat charters. Right now there's even a Groupon for a Snorkel and Kayak with Seals Adventure, check it out here


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18. Go to FVDED In The Park

This annual festival is an absolute must in Vancouver. Boasting an impressive lineup with artists such as Kygo, Future, Brockhampton, Kehlani and more, FVDED brings fun festival vibes right to the city. The two day festival takes place on July 6th and 7th at Holland Park in Surrey.  


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19. Go kiteboarding with Aerial Kiteboarding

Learn something new this summer and take a four hour Kiteboarding Crash Course with Aerial Kiteboarding! They provide private kiteboarding instruction: an Aerial Kiteboarding IKO certified instructor will take you out to on Howe Sound with your own boat and show you the ropes. They have top-notch instructors and service so you'll for sure have a great time. Right now there's even a Groupon for this course and you'll save around 50 percent! Check out the Groupon here


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20. Go zipling in Whistler with Ziptrek Ecotours

Zip through the air at over 100 km an hr with Ziptrek Ecotours in Whistler. You'll get a serious dose of adrenaline fun. They also have one of the longest ziplines in North America! 


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21. Go extreme ATVing in Whistler 

It's the perfect day trip with your friends! Rip through the mountains with a quad bike on an all-terrain tour across the backcountry of Whistler. Whistler ATV Tours offers a variety of tours suited for every adventure type.  


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22. Visit Mystic Beach

This beach is insanely gorgeous – from it's rugged cliffs to the blue waters and to the rope swing that swings over the sea. You can get to Mystic Beach on Vancouver Island by hiking along the scenic Juan de Fuca Trail, which takes 30 to 45 minutes to reach with minimal elevation gain. 


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23. Have flaming punch bowls at this tiki bar 

Get transported to a tiki themed bar in Vancouver. The Shameful Tiki Room is a located on Main Street and has some of the most insane drinks in the city, such as huge punchbowls that are literally lit. The atmosphere will have you feeling like you left the city for some tropical vibes. 


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24. Go paddleboarding with Vancouver Water Adventures

Feel like you're on a beach vacation as you paddleboard through the ocean. Vancouver Water Adventures has paddleboard rentals at several locations in Vancouver: Kitsilano Beach, English Bay Beach and Granville Island. For a one hour rental, it'll cost $20 plus tax, and for a two hour rental, $30 plus tax.


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25. Have some fun at the Harrison Watersports Water Park

Treat yourself to some childlike fun! This inflatable water park in B.C. will make for some seriously fun times this summer is located at Harrison Hot Springs, just an hour and half from Vancouver. Admission costs $33.33. 


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26. Go to SKOOKUM Festival

Dance and sing along to iconic bands like The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Milky Chance and more at this new Vancouver musical festival. SNOOKUM will take place from September 7 to 9 at Stanley Park. 


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27. Taste wine and cheese at Salt Tasting Room

Wine and cheese is always a good pair – so have amazing and well thought out pairings at this award winning tasting room. Salt Tasting Room in Gastown has artisan cheese, small-batch cured meats and a wide variety of drinks. 


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28. Go wine tasting at the wineries in the Okanagan 

Hello wine valley. Go wine sampling at all the different wineries in the Okanagan, and prices are very affordable – usually around $10 for a wine tour. Plus these vineyards have stunning views of the lake and mountains. 


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29. Watch a Vancouver Canadians baseball game

Go to the ball game and have a fun, relaxing time watching and supporting our local minor league baseball team, the Vancouver Canadians at the Nat Bailey Stadium. Right now there's even a Groupon for almost 50 percent off for a game ticket, check it out here


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30. Complete this bucket list of Vancouver ice creams 

Treat yourself to one of the best summer desserts – ice cream! Indulge yourself with this bucket list of Vancouver ice creams that is filled with all kinds of this beloved treat: gelato, sundaes, vegan ice cream and more! 

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