Top 10 Things to do in Vancouver this Summer!

Have you made your summer check list as yet?

Don’t let your summer fly by, make plans to experience it before your miss it!

Here’s a handy guide to help you experience the best of summer.

Celebrate Canada Day!

Celebrate Canada Day in Vancouver. Take advantage of the unique celebrations only Vancouver can offer. It’s a great day to spend time with the family and celebrate our Canadian heritage and diverse culture. Here are the top 5 celebrations happening around town on July 1 st, 2014.

If you are coming in from out of town to celebrate the weekend, be sure to stay with The BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre and receive a Vancouver attraction passport at check in, which includes 60 attractions and great offers for you to enjoy your stay in Vancouver!.


Summer Festivals

Photo Credits: msew

Photo Credits: msew


Vancouver, known for its vibrant culture, offers a variety of art and music related summer festivals:

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival If you are jazz fan be sure to catch the festival before July 1st. It is known to be one of the largest music festivals in British Columbia, with many international artists.. The music is so entertaining it will have your toes tapping from the moment you get there.

International Busker Festival takes place on Granville Street on June 28-29, showcasing performers from all over the world. It guarantees you an entertaining weekend with everything from interactive comedy to unbelievable stunts.

Jericho Beach Park comes to life with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, celebrating its 37th year and introducing many new artists and flavourful music.

Looking for a great place to spend your summer evening? Visit the Vancouver Early Music Festival and you are guaranteed a great time, with a series of vibrant music at the UBC campus from July 25th- August 9th.

Powell Street Festival will run from August 1 -3rd to celebrate the culture of Japanese and Asian Canadians.

Looking for a great film festival this summer? Visit the Vancouver Queer Film Festival taking place on August 15th-25th to view some of the world’s best cinema representing the LGBT community.


Vancouver Beaches


Bring out your swimsuits and fire up the barbeque. Beach season is here. There are many spectacular beaches to visit this summer around the city. Spanish Banks Beach Park ,English Bay Beach, Jericho Beach , and Kitsilano Beach just to name a few.


Summer Night Markets

There are three main markets running during the summer. Richmond Night Market, International Summer Night Market and Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver. Each food stall serves a variety of dishes inspired to tempt your taste buds, many stalls have a cultural flair that lets you experiment new cuisine.


Celebration of Lights

Celebrations of Lights is not only Vancouver largest event, it is the largest off shore fireworks competition in the world. The amazing firework display takes place along English Bay each evening with many countries participating like the USA on July 26th , France on July 30th & Japan on August 2nd .


Patio Lounging

Edge patio

Nothing screams summer like the patio season! There is good news this summer, many restaurants have been granted the ability to extend their patio service until midnight between the months of April and October. If you are like most Vancouverites who love to sip cocktails and lounge on the patio, be sure to stop by The Edge Social Grille & Lounge, and check out the largest patio on Granville Street!

Outdoor Theatre

With the gorgeous summer weather it acts as the perfect setting for Outdoor Theatre. There are several outdoor theatres such as the Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park and the Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden as well as the Shakespeare festival Bard on Beach which is a real treat for all drama lovers.


Stanley Park

 Stanley Park was named the best park in the world by Trip Advisor this year! It is a park enjoyed by both locals and tourists. It is a great location to bask in the sun, stroll on a bike or take a nice long walk along the scenic seawall and the Stanley Park Gardens.


Pride Parade

Photo Credits: Michael Song

Photo Credits: Michael Song


The Vancouver Pride Festival is known to be the most colourful parade in the city. It certainly adds spice to the summer in Vancouver as it showcases a variety of extravagant music and dancing from the LGBT community. The parade takes place on August 3rd and is one, that shouldn’t be missed. Starting July 28th the PRIDE week hosts a series of activities as well.

PNE & Playland

The Annual Fair at the PNE starts on August 16th 2014 and is a fun filled event with plenty of rides at playland, as well as live performances in the evenings. It is a great fair for the family to enjoy time together from August 16th – September 1st..

We would love to hear about your favourite ways to spend the summer in Vancouver .

Have a great summer!

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