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Best Summer Activities

Vancouver is usually vibrant in the summer with its tourist attractions, beaches, parks, outdoor entertainment and festivals.

2020 is very different from normal though, thanks to the coronavirus. There are still lots of things to do this summer, just not as much as usual. Check out our list of top summer things to do below, or see our article about What’s Open in COVID-19 Vancouver to see what attractions are currently operating.

Vancouver’s Best Places for Summer Activities

The Lower Mainland typically has amazing summers, with July, August and September usually having the best (i.e., sunniest and warmest) weather. Vancouver is rated as one of the best cities in which to live, and summer is when it’s at its peak – there is just so much to see, do and enjoy in Vancouver in the summer.

Kitsilano Beach
Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach

Vancouver’s Best Summer Outdoor Places

Below are the best places to spend summer days outdoors in Vancouver:

Vancouver’s Top Summertime Attractions

Wondering what to do in town from June until September? Below are Vancouver’s top tourist attractions to visit in the summer. There are many more, which you can find at Metro Vancouver’s Top 24 Attractions. The following Vancouver attractions, however, are, in our opinion, five of the absolute best tourist destinations specifically during the summer.

  1. Free Summer Music ConcertsGranville Island – this place comes alive in the summer with street performers and all sorts of things to see and do, including the wonderful and free water park for kids, walks along the seawall and shopping in the market.
  2. Grouse Mountain – after the snow disappears Grouse turns into a summer play area with its movie theatre, grizzly bear habitat, mountain biking, summer Lumberjack and Birds in Motion shows, and scenic rides up the chairlift. The temperature up the hill is usually cool and comfortable, which makes it a great place for hiking too. Want to get some serious exercise and save on the price of admission? Then hike to the top via the grueling Grouse Grind!
  3. Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – the last 3 weeks of the summer the PNE is the place to find amusement rides, agricultural displays, outdoor concerts and performances of all kinds.
  4. Stanley Park – one of Vancouver’s best places to visit any time of the year, Stanley Park is especially popular in the summer with its beautiful sandy beaches, giant outdoor children’s pool at Second Beach, and the Stanley Park seawall for cycling, walking, jogging and roller-blading around.
  5. Whistler – it’s a couple of hours out of town, and most famous for its winter activities, but Whistler is also a prime destination in the summer. The village is a beautiful place to walk around and enjoy a drink or meal at an outdoor patio restaurant. The Peak-to-Peak gondola offers access to world-class mountainous views, and the whole area is a hiking, mountain biker, cyclist and golfers’ paradise. On the way to Whistler, travelers can enjoy the Sea to Sky Highway views and places of interest along the way.

Free Outdoor Movies

Vancouver’s Best Summer Festivals

Some of the Lower Mainland’s best summer festivals and special events are the following:

For a full list of summer festivals and other special activities, check out Vancouver’s Top Festivals and Events.

For a complete list of the best summer events in the Lower Mainland, check out our July and August calendars.

Other Information

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