The 15 Best Things to do in Vancouver for Summer 2017

Vancouver summer is here and we’ve got the dodgy tan lines to prove it! Although don’t say it too loudly in case rain hears and decides to make a come-back! When the sun is shining, Vancouver is the most beautiful place to be. It’s the perfect time to get outside and explore the city. With the beach and mountains on our doorstep, Vancouver is an outdoors paradise. We’ve nailed down the 15 best things to do in Vancouver for Summer 2017 ranging from city tours, water slides, free movies, fireworks and more. Check them out:

By Cecilia Ryan

1. Cycle City – Brewery Tour

Vancouver brewery bike tour summer 2017

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Join the guys at Cycle City for a 3 hour Brewery tour. Bikes and beers, what could go wrong? It’s the perfect jaunt through some of Vancouver’s coolest breweries, getting behind-the-scenes access to Vancouver’s growing craft beer industry while stopping for tasters and food along the way.

2. Vancouver Photowalks – Granville Island Night Photowalk

Photowalks granville island tour summer 2017

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During the day, Granville Island is swarming with people but at night with the neon lights glowing and couples milling about heading for dinner by the water, the island has a relaxed charm. Vancouver Photowalks takes you on a tour and shows you how to capture the perfect shot with a dedicated expert teaching you how to put your camera through its paces. Long exposures and light trails are some of the effects you can learn as you photograph Canada’s second most-visited attraction.

3. Vancouver Water Adventures  – “Ocean is Yours” Jet ski Tour

Vancouver jet ski tour summer 2017

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Starting at 8:30am daily, Vancouver Water Adventures take you out on the water while it’s at its calmest. This exhilarating jet ski tour gives you the chance to speed out to places like Bowen Island, Anvill Island and the Seal Colony. Summer sunshine and cool-guy sunglasses are a must for this tour.

4. Forbidden Vancouver – Secrets of Stanley Park

Stanley park walking tour summer 2017

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Only available from June-September, Forbidden Vancouver’s Secrets of Stanley Park tour is a 2.5hr walking tour of Stanley Park’s trails. Vancouver’s #1 attraction is constantly visited but not often explored. Forbidden Vancouver will tell you the lesser known stories of the forest, the crime scenes, the shipwrecks – often missing from most tourist guides!

5. Vancouver Foodie Tours – Gastronomic Gastown Tour

Gastown food tour summer 2017

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Stroll the cobbled streets of Gastown with your Foodie Tour guide leading the way between 4 of the area’s best restaurants. In between courses, you’ll visit the sights, take in the architecture and hear the stories of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. And of course, indulge in local cuisine and try out some of Vancouver’s hottest restaurants!

6. Slide the City Festival – August 12-13

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August 12-13 sees North Vancouver become home to a 1000 foot waterslide! Coinciding with Car-Free Day – North Vancouver; Slide the City brings a festival atmosphere with food trucks, live music, local artisans, performers, a 200 foot beanbag – need I say more? Throw on your swim suit and head down for two days of summer fun.

7. Evo Summer Cinema Series – July 4 – August 22

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From now until August 22nd, every Tuesday night in Stanley Park is a free outdoor cinema. Classics such as Toy Story, Jaws, The Goonies are just a few topping the bill. Bring your own blanket/lawn chair, pack a picnic or get it delivered courtesy of Foodora and settle in for a free movie under the stars.

8. Richmond Night Market – May – October

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The annual summer night market is back! With retail stores, carnival games, live entertainment and food carts, the Richmond Night Market is the largest in North America. Fun for all ages, come hungry and prepare to sample a wide range of cuisines.

9. Celebration of Light Festival – July 29, Aug 2, Aug 5

experience vancouver group celebration of light honda fireworks summer 2017

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The largest offshore Fireworks competition in the world is back! Each year, 3 countries are invited to compete and this year sees Canada, the UK and Japan take to the stage! With live music, an air show, food trucks and a festival atmosphere, the Celebration of Light festival attracts a huge crowd to English Bay, Second Beach and Kitsilano. As an extra component for Canada’s 150 anniversary, each country has to incorporate 1 of 3 Canadian songs into their performance!

10. Surrey Fusion Festival – July 22-23

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This free festival takes place in Holland Park with headliners including Nelly Furtado! All cultures, cuisines and music are celebrated at the festival. Every nation is represented and embraced and it’s a hugely fun weekend for all the family. Plus, did we mention it’s completely free! The only money you’ll need is for all the delicious food you’ll be dying to try.

11. The Fair at the PNE – August 19 – September 4

experience vancouver the fair pne summer 2017

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Summer in Vancouver would be incomplete without the Fair at the PNE! Funfair atmosphere, rides, food trucks, nightly concerts – the fair is the perfect childhood throwback to be enjoyed at any age!

12. Circle Farms Tours

experience vancouver circle farm tour summer 2017

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If you haven’t heard of a Circle Farm Tour, this summer is the time to investigate! All you need is a car. Offering 5 self-guided tours and maps for the Fraser Valley area, each itinerary will take you from farms to farmers markets, amazing eateries to heritage sites and more. Each map directs you to 10/20 venues, it’s self-guided so you can pick and choose and do it at your own pace – a perfect summer activity.

13. Greenheart Tree Walk

experience vancouver greenheart tree walk ubc botanical gardens summer 2017

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Located in the heart of UBC’s botanical garden, the Greenheart Tree Walk takes you 20m above the forest floor on a guided or self-guided journey through the forest. The tours will teach you about the unique eco-systems, eco-tourism and trees and wildlife, all while enjoying the suspended walkways and aerial views. Open from April-October.

14. Outdoor pool – Kitsilano

experience vancouver kitsilano pool outdoor summer 2017

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Vancouver has 5 outdoor pools to enjoy but our favourite is the salt-water Kitsilano pool. At 137m, you might not manage your usual 50 lengths but on a summer’s day, it’s the perfect place to relax, sunbathe and swim. Vancouverites of all ages can be found enjoying the Kits pool, open May-September every year.

15. Pride Parade – August 6

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Vancouver Pride Week culminates in the Pride Parade on August 6th – the 39th anniversary of the festival! Pride embodies the spirit of the LGBTQ2+ community and is all about inclusiveness, celebration and being free to be yourself. The parade marches through downtown Vancouver and offers 3 hours of floats, costumes, dancing and fun! It finishes at Sunset Beach where a festival gets underway and is a summer activity not to be missed!