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7 Ways To Kick Off The Start Of Summer In Vancouver

Including a chance to win $10,000 weekly!

7 Activities & Things To Do In Vancouver This Summer

Though Vancouver is renowned for its winter activities, many Vancouverites eagerly await summer so they can have some fun in the sun.

As temperatures start to soar, the city typically becomes a thriving destination full of festivals, events and outdoor activities. Restrictions may still be in place, but that doesn't mean the city has lost its status as a haven for adventurers.

You can kick off the summer by kayaking, taking outdoor exercise classes, lounging on the beach, or exploring local hotspots. When the sun shines down on Vancouver, you can bet there are still tons of things to do in and around whatever area of the city you live in.

To help Canadians make the most of this sunny season, Pepsi® is launching Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff, a contest that'll give you the chance to win prizes that could immediately upgrade your summer. There are thousands of instant prizes — from bicycles and paddleboards to grills — and even weekly chances to win $10,000.

Whether you decide to reconnect with nature in the forest, hit up the beach or explore the city, remember to save the product codes from your specially marked Pepsi beverages so you can enter the contest. You might end up winning a prize that could take any of the following fun summer activities to the next level.

Ring In The Summer With A Barbecue

Why You Need To Do It: Somewhere between the smell of sunscreen and the aroma of hamburgers on the barbecue lies the iconic scent of summer. Once that grill gets going, you know the season has begun. It's time to slap on that SPF, get an ice cold drink in your hand, and get ready to cook.

To kick off summer in a brand new way, shake up your traditional menu for something more creative like grilled octopus, beer-can chicken or the perfect veggie burger recipe. You could even win a brand new barbecue grill with Pepsi's Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest.

Visit The Vancouver Art Gallery

Why You Need To Go: There's no better way to experience the city's arts and culture than to pay a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Even if you're not that into art, you can challenge yourself to try something new — plus, it's great for escaping the summer heat. Whether you're a local or not, this art gallery at 750 Hornby St. is one of the country's most exciting institutions, filled with over a century of art.

You can attend one of the gallery's tours, special events or programs to engage in an enhanced experience. Don't forget to stop by the Gallery Store and Gallery Bistro on your way out for keepsakes and snacks.

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Try A SUP Yoga Class

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Why You Need To Go: If you haven't heard of SUP yoga yet, it's essentially yoga on a stand-up paddleboard. You'll use the power of your body to balance on the board while floating just off the shore. For people who enjoy paddleboarding and yoga alike, this combination is peak relaxation.

The benefit of this exercise is that you'll be getting a great workout in and simultaneously enjoying beautiful views. Who knows? Maybe you'll win a paddleboard in Pepsi's summer contest. Then you can practice your SUP yoga skills all summer long.

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Take A Local Adventure To Stanley Park

Why You Need To Go: Stanley Park is quite a popular location amongst tourists, but it's also cherished by locals. If you happen to win a bike or backpack, courtesy of Pepsi, you can use your new items to explore every aspect of Stanley.

Summer is a great time to enjoy the park, as there are ample opportunities for peaceful strolls and scenic bike rides. Step things up with a hike through one of the park's many forest trails or wind down in the lovely Stanley Park Gardens.

Rollerblading Vancouverites should consider taking a ride along the breathtaking Seawall for some unforgettable views.

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Hit The Beach

Why You Need To Go: Is it even a real summer without time spent on a beach? Whether you want to surf or tan, Vancouver has nine exquisite beaches to visit, including the well-known Kits Beach and Jericho Beach. Set up a picnic and relax on your towel or bring out the beach ball for some fun and games by the water.

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Explore The Best Of Vancouver's Patios

Why You Need To Go: Vancouver restaurants need your love more than ever. Patios are where it's at this summer, and they're the best way to have some fun and show local businesses some support. There are many restaurants to visit but keep in mind each patio situation varies, so be sure to check out each location before booking a reservation. A few patios to drop in on this season are Italian Kitchen, The Park Pub, and Main Street Brewing. Sit back, relax and enjoy some delicious food and drinks.

Go Kayaking On Deep Cove

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Why You Need To Go: Located in North Vancouver, the beautiful Deep Cove is a quaint village with a sheltered cove that's ideal for calm water activities. If you're looking for some fresh air, lovely sights and mild exercise, you can rent a kayak and paddle across the peaceful waters while being surrounded by nature's finest views.

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Just because this summer might look different from summers of the past, that doesn't mean it can't be just as epic. Take this opportunity to explore your city. Soak in the magic of Vancouver in all its glory and create memories you'll never forget.

For a chance to win prizes that will amp up your sweet summertime, check out the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. You'll have a chance at winning $10,000 weekly, plus thousands of instant fun prizes.

Be on the lookout for specially marked Pepsi products with on-pack codes. Redeem your code for a chance to win one of the awesome prizes mentioned and more.

To learn more about the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest, check out Pepsi's website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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