Another week is almost in the books and it's time to start planning what your Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are going to look like. We're bringing you the best weekend things to do in Vancouver with a little outdoorsy twist. There's nothing worse than sleeping in and missing out so make sure you have a little something planned for you to do to get the most out of summer.
This week has been hot, hot, hot. Beaches have been absolutely packed with sunseekers lately, but if you're desperate to take a dip then there are still a few places lightly less packed than English Bay or Kits.
If you're getting stir crazy in the city, then it's time to rent an EVO and hit the road. Right now, the Fraser Valley is bursting with late-summer bounty and it's all yours if you want it.
But our absolute favourite outdoorsy activity has to be eating en plein air — dining al fresco if you will.
Whether you throw a bologna sandwich into your beach bag and call it a picnic or order margaritas on a patio, Vancouver has literally hundreds of ways to eat outside this summer.
Find A Field Of Sunflowers
When: Wednesday, August 19 to Sunday, September 13
Address: Maan Farms, 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Why You Need To Go: Don't miss sunflowers this season, and our favourite spot is here where the fields are so Instagram-worthy and you can meet baby goats while drinking wine.
Go Apple Picking & Sipping
Price: $5.90+ per bag
When: U-pick starts Thursday, August 20, see website for hours
Address: Taves Family Farms & Estate Cidery, 333 Gladwin Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Why You Need To Go: Pick the first apples of the season down at the Apple Barn. Plus, you can sip on ciders or cider slushies to get in the mood for fall.
Find One Of +160 Outdoor Ways To Eat
When: Friday, August 21 to Monday, September 21, 2020
Address: Various locations in Vancouver.
Why You Need To Go: Dine OutSide brings unique (and cheap!) menus that you can eat on the patio or take with you on a picnic.
Take A Dip In Squamish
Address: Brohm Lake, Squamish
Why You Need To Go: Blue waters surrounded by forest are calling you this weekend — will you answer?
Grab A Picnic Brunch Box
Address: Beaucoup, 2150 Fir St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: People have asked me who makes the best croissants and I have to say these folks do — snag a limited edition brunch picnic filled with goodies like blueberry pancake croissants.
Shop At The Farmer's Market
When: Saturdays & Sundays
Address: Multiple locations in Vancouver
Why You Need To Go: With six markets around the city this weekend, there's one close by where you can get decadent peaches, fragrant herbs, and juicy corn all fresh and local.
Swim & Explore Whyte Islet
Address: Whytecliff Park, 7102 Marine Dr., West Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Take the scenic route to this park with the windows rolled down and then dip in the ocean or explore the tiny little islet nearby — also just watching the sunset here is magic.
Jug Island Beach
Address: 2375 Bedwell Bay Rd., Belcarra, BC
Why You Need To Go: It's getting harder and harder to find a good swimming spot these days, but this hidden gem is worth the hike.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.