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Things to do in Vancouver, B.C. in the summer

Here's a list of things to do in Vancouver, Canada during summer time. Find some must-sees for people visiting!

Capilano Suspension Bridge Vancouver

Follow in the footsteps of the millions of visitors who have crossed Capilano Suspension Bridge since 1889. Voices from Vancouver's past mingle with the sounds of nature, beautiful gardens skirt time-worn British Columbia First Nations totem poles and Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you to the serenity of a West Coast rainforest.

Stawamus Chief | Vancouver Trails

The Chief towers high above the town of Squamish and is a popular hiking destination that offers scenic views of Howe Sound and several mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Hikers can complete all three peaks of the Chief in a day or just choose to do a shorter trip to the South Peak that still offers a spectacular view.

Vancouver Whale Watch

Join our Professional Wildlife Guides for a 3 to 5 hour whale watching tour, starting in the picturesque West Coast fishing village of historic Steveston and traveling through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands. Our extensive whale spotting network, has given us a 90% sighting success rate.

Architectural Walking Tours

The AIBC's Architectural Walking Tours program offers unique perspectives of the cities of Vancouver and Victoria. Summer tours are offered throughout July, August and early September. Those interested are invited to take advantage of six distinct tours in each city. For more details including tour schedules, see the brochures below.

Wreck Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Wreck is easily accessible for visitors from over 150 countries, and generates over $60 million in tourist revenue annually.

Biking in Stanley Park |Vancouver biking mountain biking and rollerblading | Things to do in Vancouver

A favorite year-round activity for visitors and locals alike - the Stanley Park seawall is an easy scenic ride you'll never forget! With views of the Lions Gate Bridge, North Shore Mountains, North Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver, and the Beaches of English Bay - you might just want to take a full day for this ride!

Home | Granville Island

Walk or bus to Granville Island, a small half-island underneath the Granville Street Bridge, and find small local businesses, nice patios, and a great public market to enjoy some local food and treasuries. Here is where you should purchase all the souvenirs - as well as delicious seafood. Top up your day with a nice cold beer on the sunny patio at Bridges and enjoy the view of Granville and Burrard St Bridge!


Pitch & Putt at Stanley Park

Pitch & Putt at Stanley Park

Play some 18-hole golf at Stanley Park, amidst beautiful greenery close to the city. All equipment is available to rent, and the best time to go for some relaxing golf is in the evenings. (Open until 9pm).


ALL the Museums

ALL the Museums

If it's raining - which it probably will - go and check out the many museums in Vancouver. There's the planetarium, science world, the Art Gallery... etc.


Island hopping

Island hopping

Catch a ferry from Tsawassen to one (or more) Southern Gulf Islands for great ocean views (maybe even free whale watching or seeing dolphins!) and a nice get-away weekend in a cute cottage.


Go thrifting!

Go thrifting!

Vancouver is a great city to find treasures in antique stores, salvation armys and other second-hand stores. Best places are Commercial Drive and Main St., you can also take in some of the younger Vancouver-culture in these areas, enjoy some coffee and delicious gluten-free food!


Shopping Spree

Shopping Spree

Check out Robson St. in downtown Vancouver and shop clothes from small brands to big brands, affordable to expensive. Have some crepes as a snack and watch the fashionistas walk by.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

July 18-20, 2014, Jericho Beach Park

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival - Vancouver, BC

Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver's Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September.