6 Summer Activities and Events in Vancouver

It’s official: summer has started! Along with the warmer weather and longer days comes more time to spend outside enjoying all of the fun this season has to offer. Whether you’re in the mood for a thrill or to chill, there’s no shortage of things to do for any mood while in Vancouver. So take full advantage of your time off this summer and fill your calendars with these six activities and events!

Honda Celebration of Light

We’re starting our list off with a bang! Running for its 29th year, the Honda Celebration of Light has been recognized as the longest operating off-shore fireworks festival in the world. Featuring shows from India, Canada, and Croatia, this year’s week-long competition begins July 27 and runs until August 3. Be sure to head down early to English Bay or Second Beach to grab a bite to eat, enjoy live music, and secure a spot for the show.


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Explore the Seawall

Ask any Vancouverite and they’ll tell you that exploring the Seawall is a must-do summer activity in the city. At 8.8 kilometres long, this paved waterfront route is perfect for walking, rollerblading, or biking. In addition to the stunning views of the city, you’ll be blown away by the natural beauty of the ocean and forest on either side of you. As a result, you’ll want to make sure to have your camera by your side so you can capture all of the gorgeous scenery!


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The Fair at the PNE

Attracting millions of visitors since 1910, the Fair at the PNE is one of Vancouver’s most-loved traditions of the summer. With everything from mini donuts and rides to outdoor concerts and SuperDog shows, you won’t have any trouble filling your day (or your stomach) while in attendance. This annual summer staple runs from August 17 to September 2 and is sure to deliver fun for the whole family.


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Relax at the Beach

Vancouver is home to many beautiful beaches – perfect for a hot day and a good book. Some of our favourites include English BayKitsilano, and Second Beach, each with concessions, public washrooms, and lifeguards available. In addition, all three beaches offer beautiful sandy shores that are both comfortable for lying on and great for building sandcastles with the family! So grab your towel and sunscreen and head down to the water for the ultimate day of relaxation.


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Evo Summer Cinema at Stanley Park

We all face it at some point: the summer dilemma of wanting to relax and watch a movie with the feeling that we should be outside enjoying the weather. You’ll be happy to learn there’s a perfect solution – it’s called the Evo Summer Cinema! Beginning on July 2, you can enjoy a (free!) movie night under the stars every Tuesday at Second Beach. Be sure to bring the essentials: a blanket or lawn chair, warm clothes, and of course, your favourite movie snack!


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Grouse Mountain

Just 15 minutes from downtown, Grouse Mountain is the perfect place to spend a morning, afternoon, or entire day exploring. If you’re feeling up for a challenge, try the Grouse Grind –  a 2.9-kilometre trail consisting of 2,830 stairs up the side of the mountain. Alternatively, if you’re in the mood to relax, check out the bird shows and guided nature walks offered daily. Feeling adventurous? Try the zip lines, rope course, or many other thrilling activities available! Regardless of what you choose to do, Grouse Mountain is a great choice for spending a summer’s day.


Photo Credit: Grouse Mountain

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