Vancouver Summer Events You Can’t Miss

When the sun shines down in the City, there’s no reason your stay in Vancouver will be uninteresting. The city has so much to offer during the summer months June, July, and August from festivals, concerts to adventures and so much more.

Find out some of the events you might include on your checklist:

Canada Day Celebration

Canada day has always been the biggest celebration throughout the communities across the country. People get busy with numerous events during this time.

In Vancouver, this year’s grand celebration is called as “Canada 150+” as 150+ events are themed to its 150 and more years of history.

Special events in this huge celebration vary from sports, arts, festivals, to fireworks display and exhibitions. In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, Parks Canada offers free admission to national historic places such as parks.

Summer Farmers Market

Here comes the season to fill up your shopping bags with locally produced food and crafts. Markets from the different neighborhood are held on different days of the week. This season is the best time for locals and visitors to buy delicious and fresh produced fruits in the City.

Indian Summer Festival

This year’s Indian Summer Festival showcases some of Canada’s golden artists as themed “Tales of War and Peace”. The 10-day festival highlights different events and performances from arts and culture to music and dance. Most of the events are happening at nights starting around 5 pm.

The 10-day festivity of music, film, cuisine, virtual art, and literature, connects Vancouver to South Asian culture. Events are held at various venues in the City too.

Honda International Fireworks Competition

The celebration of light in Vancouver attracts the world’s finest firework designers and pyrotechnicians. It’s a one of a kind event to make memories while enjoying the festivals with families and friends. You better get ready to experience the mesmerizing sparks in the sky.

This year, competitors from different countries will leave you unique fireworks display that will surely fill up your night.

Summer Night Markets

Summer isn’t complete without a visit to the diverse night markets in the city. All of them are close to downtown. Looking for exotic foods? Be sure to taste different foods from hundreds of vendors in stalls. More often, they offer a vast of Asian cuisine that would surely satisfy your cravings. Every summer these night markets are loaded with crowds.

The four major summer night markets in Metro Vancouver are the Richmond Night Market, Panda Night Market, Shipyards Night Market and the Surrey Night Market.

Beach Party

There are many stunning beaches to visit during summer in Vancouver. One of them is the Kitsilano beach or “Kits Beach” where there are lots of fun sports activities to enjoy. Kids can also splash onto the “Kits Pool”, an outdoor salt water pool with alluring ocean and mountain views in the city.

If you’d like a less crowded beach, you can hop into the Spanish Banks beach. The Spanish Banks is also ideal for skimboarding. Also, it comprises three sections: the East, the West, and the Extension.

 

 

Vancouver Aquarium in Cetacean Ban

Vancouver Park Board officially agreed on the bylaw amendment of banning cetaceans in Vancouver Aquarium. There will be no more rescued cetaceans in the future to be displayed in the Aquarium after the board’s decision last May 15, 2017. The bylaw was voted unanimously. Furthermore, the three cetaceans which currently live in the aquarium will stay but will be banned for performance.

Photo of Chester, a false killer whale found stranded in Tofino BC. Beach

The park board considered three choices:

  • To restrict all cetaceans and setting date for compliance. Thus, removing three resident cetaceans out of Stanley Park.
  • Grant the three cetaceans but prohibit its recreational display
  • Permit current cetaceans in recreational center but prohibit its performance

Although the decision has agreed, the aquarium will still investigate all alternatives to plunge the park commissioners’ “inhumane choice” according to aquarium CEO John Nightingale. He said that the ban will close down the program of captivating harmed cetaceans ending up euthanizing them as they can’t be kept and be brought to the aquarium. He believed that the bylaw isn’t about creature conservation but a system belief and politics instead.

On the other hand, protesters against captivating cetaceans believed that the decision of the park board is right. They agreed that whales and dolphins should not be put in tanks alone to do tricks to people. And that they must be with their family and home which is not in the aquarium.

The death of Qila and Aurora lead to the debate of captivating cetaceans in Vancouver Aquarium. Earlier before the bylaw officially announced the voting, the aquarium CEO John Nightingale said that the aquarium will fight til the end in order to preserve its Marine Mammal Rescue Program.

Last November 2016, two sheltered Belugas in the aquarium died. The two animals are long time residents in the aquarium for about two decades. Qila was the first to develop symptoms of stomach cramping and loss of appetite.

Despite specialists’ extra care from around the globe, Qila died on November 16th. And after few days, Qila’s mother Aurora, experience the same illness and died 9 days after. After five months of investigating possible cause, it was concluded that an unknown toxin killed the Belugas. After a month of deaths, the Aquarium took effect to preventing risks that could bring a toxin to their home.

Currently, the aquarium houses three cetaceans. Daisy – a harbor porpoise, Helen – a white-sided dolphin and Chester – a false killer whale. The three are still allowed to remain at the aquarium but future whales, dolphins or porpoises in city parks are at “no exemptions”. And are prohibited to be part of the show.

 

Beautiful Spots to Enjoy at Stanley Park

Stanley Park is the top visited parks in British Columbia. The urban park is named “the best park in the world” with an area of 405-hectare. The park is surrounded by abundant resources including beaches, lakes and many recreational areas where you can hop into its beautiful nature.

Stanley park is full of fun family activities. Get ready to discover some of the historical places, great restaurants, some of the nearest hotels and scenic beaches & lakes in Stanley Park.

Tourist Spots

  • Lost Lagoon

Situated near the entrance of Stanley Park, right in the middle of the lagoon, you can find the large lighted fountain (Jubilee Fountain). Get to see wonderful species of birds and swans as you enter the lagoon.

  • Second Beach Swimming Pool

Located at Second Beach south side of Stanley Park, the large swimming pool is a perfect outdoor pool for you. The pool will be open in the whole summer, a perfect place to take your family to.

  • Vancouver Aquarium

You would surely be inspired when you get to see closer the wonderful sea creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium. This public aquarium is great for a family visit. They have over 50,000 animals showcasing local and aquatic life.

  • Totem Pole

Stanley Park offers a collection of totem poles. Upon entering the park, you can see nine different collections of totem poles.

 

Restaurants

  • Teahouse in Stanley Park

The breathtaking view of this restaurant is ideal for corporate events and celebrations. Their exquisite cuisine not just offers delicious menus but also serve a complete west coast experience.

  • Stanley’s Bar and Grill

Located at the Stanley Park Pavilion, featuring west coast menu, Stanley’s Bar and Grill

is a great stop at the park.  Enjoy the overlooking views with a glass of wine in the lovely atmosphere with a great service.

  • Prospect Point Bar and Grill

Overlooking the Sea Lions Gate, this bar and grill offer 200 indoor/outdoor seat serving casual, fun and friendly menu. You will love the atmosphere as you watch cruise ships sailing by as you dine.

 

Hotels

  • Rosellen Suites At Stanley Park

This hotel is just walking distance from Stanley Park Seawall. In here you will have a choice to choose your comfortable suite that fits your needs and lifestyle. They have spacious rooms with fully equipped kitchens ideal for extended stays, weddings and other events.

  • Lord Stanley Suites On The Park

This condo hotel is located in the heart of Vancouver adjacent to Stanley park. Enjoy fantastic views of the park while you stay. The place is close local transport links too.

  • Best Western Plus Sands

If you are looking for the best hotel service, this hotel is your place to stay. They are known for best customer service and well-equipped room. And they are walking distance from local restaurants, boutiques and galleries.

 

Stanley Park

Planning to take a trip to Stanley park? Well, you would probably have the most unforgettable experience then. Discover the real beauty of nature and start your vacation with a great ambiance of different landmarks to satisfy every adventure.

Richmond Night Market

If you are looking for a perfect place to be in the summer, Richmond Night Market is a complete destination for you. Located in 8351, River Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 1Y4, Canada, just minutes from Bridgeport Canada Line Station. The place is known to be the largest and the biggest Night Market in North America. It has become one of the Lower Mainland’s tourist destination during summer.

This year, the Richmond Night Market will officially be open from May 12, – October 9, 2017. Allow yourself to enjoy the place and everything it offers-

Food

With over 140 food stalls and 400 retail vendors, allow yourself to enjoy different mouthwatering food along with the barbecued meat and seafood on a skewer, spiral potatoes on a skewer, squid, deep fried octopus balls, hand-pulled ramen, grilled beef and pork jerky, vegetarian tempura, battered fish, and desserts like the taro flavoured egglet parfait, milkshakes, cakes, ice canes, and a whole lot more  . You would probably get satisfied with so many food choices in the place. You got to be sure not to eat before heading to the market!

Shopping

Spend less with a great product at the Night Market. From cell phone accessories, jewelry, apparels, designed socks to hand-crafted accessories & bags, Richmond Night Market has you covered.

Fun-filled Entertainment

Satisfy your visit not only with food but with nightly entertainment as well, including martial arts, dancing, and singing. Kids will probably enjoy the Giant Kid’s Zone where they can play in the inflatable fun featuring the Magical Smiley Castle. They can also meet and take selfies with baby dinosaurs, happy face characters, the Talking Tree and the Playful Fountains.

Richmond Night Market’s Dino Park

Take your family on a prehistoric adventure in the Market’s Magical Dino Park, the home to 18 dinosaurs that can move and roar featuring species of Brachiosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pterosaurs, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, and Triceratops. Take a chance to meet Rex (the Mascot Dinosaur that roars) with his friends and take a ride with the friendly dinosaurs.

The new expanded game area is intended for people who want to play challenging games. They have carnival games where you can try your luck and win yourself. Thrilling midway rides includes Ferris Wheel, helicopters, Octopus, and others. You may also take a walk into the water without getting wet with the popular water walker.

Coupon Book

Take pleasure in the night market’s sweet Dino Deals, Dino Bites, and Dino Discounts with the market’s coupon book which can also be used in local stores and restaurants. Delight your tour with over $250 discount at over 60 retail stores and over 35 food booths including deals at the carnival games.

Zoom Pass

The $20 Zoom Pass is your express access that is fast (where you can skip the line for entry), easy and even transferable (good for visiting family and friends). It is good for up to 7 visits. Get Zoom Pass at Richmond Night Market’s front gate, or at the main office #3063 – 8700 McKim Way, near Cambie and Garden City roads in Richmond.

Parking Spaces

Parking spots available is over 2500. Canada line or transit is recommended for visitors who plan to visit after opening time, as it is the best way to get into the location.

 

*Admission fee is $3.25/person. Free admission for children 10 years old and below, seniors 60 years old and above with ID.

8 Cool Things To Do In Vancouver

Apart from its iconic beauty and historical sites, Vancouver is a thriving spot for dynamic tourists. From shopping to pig out – you will find plenty to do in this flamboyant city. All you need to have is the key to fish out for the most happening corners.

Go for gastronomic tour

Granville Island Market

If you are new to the city, then the first activity must be hop onto any of the organize foodie tours this city offers. From authentic Cantonese to delicious seafood preparations- you will make your tummy extremely upbeat. Downtown Vancouver, Granville Island market foodie tours are some of the popular choices.

Take a trip to Stanley Park

The Seawall in Stanley Park

Longing for New York’s Central Park while in Vancouver? Stanley Park is the perfect Canadian counterpart. This majestic garden with its 1000 acres (approx) is the heart of bustling activities. Stanley Pitch and Putt is a famous golf course for pro and amateur golfers alike.

Slice of nightlife in Yaletown

Bachelors & Bachelorettes

Head towards Yaletown to rock it till dawn. It has thriving nightspots including pubs, discos and clubs. If pocket permits, you can visit Opus Vancouver – the legendary nightspot of Yaletown. Otherwise, there are plenty of cheap options to suit every type of budget.

Bumming in Granville

Granville Island

For many, this is the holy grail of Vancouver tourist attractions. The lively market is a go-to destination for its haute couture boutiques and aromatic bread shops. Eat, drink, take photos and shop truckloads here. Once in there, don’t forget to taste the exquisite steamed lobster.

Shop around at Robson Street

Granville Street, Downtown Vancouver

With its glitzy restaurants, curio shops, glamorous boutiques and plenty of room to people watching- you will find everything down the road! Want to take a break amidst all this hustle and bustle? Robson Street offers you a breath-taking downtown walk till English Bay.

Breeze Through Gastown

Gastown Vancouver

To get a vintage feel, take a stroll down Gastown with antique shops and old buildings lined up on the both sides of the road.  The cobblestoned walks and the iconic steam clock are two integral parts of Gastown. Once there, don’t forget to taste the spaghetti from historical Spaghetti Factory.

Study the galleries

Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery

To experience the local art scene, Skoah South Granville gallery is the best place to be. Do you like present day art? Then stop by at Contemporary Art Gallery at Nelson Street. If time is limited, then visiting only the Vancouver Art Gallery will give you a detailed introduction in the art scene of Canada.

Get on with FlyOver Canada

FlyOver Canada

Located in Canada Place, FlyOver Canada introduces you to the territorial beauty of Canada via a thrilling virtual ride. From observing its vast wilderness to zoom past snowcapped mountain peaks, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life in this simulated ride.

The above 8 points provide you with a blue-print on what to do in Vancouver. Before you visit the city, research about each spot and note down the important details. It will help you aplenty to create an itinerary around this happening city.

5 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Vancouver

There are so many tourist sites in and around Vancouver that it’s normal to lose count. In any case, when you are time-strapped, then it’s obligatory to visit only the top ones. In the below-mentioned points, you will find the names of some premium attractions of the city. Learn about them and incorporate in your itinerary-

Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology at UBC

Museum of Anthropology (MOA) preserves Canada’s indigenous art. The breath-taking architecture of MOA building is in itself a scene to gape at. Inside, you will be flabbergasted to see so many relics associated with the various tribes of the land since antiquity. Totem poles, masks, porcelain collections are some of them. Don’t miss the ‘The Raven and the First Men’ sculpture which is synonymous with MOA. During March, the museum conducts Coast First Nation fest. Don’t miss it if you are visiting Vancouver in summer.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is the pride of Vancouver. In terms of area or beauty, it’s no less than it’s another northern counterpart i.e. New York’s Central Park. At Stanley Park, you will find plenty of cheap bicycle rental companies. Or take a stroll to seawall for sea-gazing during sunset. For children, the mini toy train is the source of joy. In case you are going to Vancouver during October, the Halloween Train exhibition will give the chills to the children and adults- alike.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

What’s life without a dash of an adventure? If you get bored with all the ‘sanitized’ tourist draws in Vancouver, then head towards Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Located at the northern part of Vancouver, Capilano Bridge will give you thrills for the lifetime. A part of Provincial Park, Capilano Bridge not only flaunts high altitude but also picturesque beauty. Once you are done with exploring this human wonder, take a hike around the trails of the bridge. Or visit the nearby Grouse Mountain.

English Bay

English Bay (Vancouver)

For beach bums out there, English Bay is the spot to be. A morning jog on the beach will revive you.  Additionally, if you have small kids, it’s the best place to let them have fun while playing or cycling. If you nurture a childlike curiosity to collect seashells, get them aplenty on the beach. During July-August, take a dip into the water and swim at your heart’s content.

Science World

Science World, Vancouver

When you are traveling with kids, it’s mandatory to keep children-friendly tourist spots in schedule. Science World Vancouver is the hottest corner in the town for children to learn and get hands-on experience in scientific activities. From rifle target practice to skiing, from quantum exhibit gallery to solving puzzles- your child must feel like a kid in a candy store here.  The vast food court offers some mouth-watering cuisines. For adult ones too, Science World is an absolute-visit.

One of the most beautiful cities in world- Vancouver has lots to gift than you can ever handle. When you are short on time, do visit the above mentioned locales at the least. Your trip will be enriching and unforgettable.