We’re already half way through summer (sorry), but there’s still time to fit in lots of fun activities and adventures before September rolls around! Here are a few of our favourite things to do before summer ends on Vancouver’s North Shore, and if there’s anything you think is a must do, please feel free to add it in the comments!
1. Fun City Festival / Slide the City
The wildly popular Slide the City is now part of August’s Fun City Festival. This fabulous two-day festival transforms Lower Lonsdale into a pedestrian-only weekend of family-friendly activities including the 1,000 foot-long waterslide down Lonsdale. Enjoy live music on multiple stages, food trucks, local artisans, a kid’s fun zone and a beverage garden! August 13 & 14, 2016
h3<>2. Go swimming at Whyte Lake in West Vancouver
An easy, 5-kilometre round-trip hike through West Vancouver’s breathtaking old growth forest leads to Whyte Lake, one of the most picturesque swimming holes on the North Shore. Follow the boardwalks and bridges and along the way stop and learn about the ecology of the region at the interpretive boards. When you reach the lake you’ll find a floating pier perfect for jumping in and cooling off! The pier can get a little crowded (it’s pretty small), but if you walk to the other side of the lake, there’s easy access from the path.
3. Take a Day Trip To Bowen Island
Head to Horseshoe Bay and hop onboard a BC Ferry for the 20-minute cruise to Bowen Island. Rent a scooter and explore the Island or take a walk around Killarney Lake, an easy stroll that, in two hours, meanders through groves of Cedar and Hemlock, with viewpoints of the lake. Check out the many sandy beaches and be sure to grab a rice ball from Shika Provisions or a piece of pie from the Lime & Moon Pie Company.
4. Sewell’s Sea Safari
Grab a seat on Sewell’s Marina‘s custom-designed, high-speed 30-foot rigid hull inflatable and get ready for the ride of a lifetime! Experienced guides will take you on a thrilling adventure to the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Howe Sound. Sit back and enjoy the ride while you explore the towering cliffs of Anvil Island, the seals at Pam Rocks and the stunning West Vancouver waterfront. The ride takes about 2 hours and departs from Horseshoe Bay.
Photo: Sewell’s Marina
5. Catch the sunrise (or sunset) from Lions Gate Bridge
The iconic Lions Gate Bridge plays a feature role in many visitor’s photographs, but the views from the bridge deck, especially at sunrise and sunset, are truly magical. From the North Vancouver side, it takes about 20 minutes to reach the apex of the bridge and at sunrise, on a clear morning, you can see beyond the City of Vancouver all the way to Mount Baker in Washington State. In the evening, watching the sun set over Vancouver Island and the Strait of Georgia is a sight to behold.
Photo: Mark Flaviell via Flickr
6. Check out Hawkers Wharf (opening August 2016)
Scheduled to launch in August 2016, Hawkers Wharf will bring an exciting, new foodie destination to Vancouver’s North Shore. A new concept in dining in Metro Vancouver, Hawkers Wharf will be a “harbour front open air food market, dining destination and Accelerator Coworking Kitchen.” This 2.2 acre open air market will be reminiscent of the world’s greatest open air markets and will bring a west coast vibe to your dining experience. Diners will be able to order, pick-up and dine from 23 unique food “Hawkers” and enjoy a craft beer or cocktail from the Bar Hawker, all located in decommissioned maritime shipping containers.
7. Take a tour with Shipyards Pals Sal & Sam
Join Shipyard Sal and Sam for a free, drop-in walking tour of the historical Burrard Dry Dock shipyard and the Lower Lonsdale waterfront. Your engaging (and costumed) guides will use songs, stories, and theatre to explore the experiences of the men and women who worked at this significant North Shore site. The tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout August at 1:30 and 3:00pm. Tours meet at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue and Victory Ship Way.
8. Go SUPing
Stand Up Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world and Vancouver’s North Shore is one of the best spots to try it out for yourself. Rent a board from Deep Cove Canoe & Kayaks and discover the calm waterways of Deep Cove. No experience is necessary to try the sport out and not only will you get a great workout, but every time you fall in, you’ll cool off!
Photo: Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak
9. Catch an Outdoor Concert
Grab your blankets and your beach chairs and settle in for a night of family-friendly music under the stars. Concert stages at Lynn Valley Village and Edgemont Village come alive with free music, dance and activities. The concerts are popular so be sure to arrive early and claim your spot.
August 12 – The Fab Fourever (Beatles Tribute)
August 19 – Rich Hope & His Blue Rich Rangers (Country Soul)
August 26 – R&B Conspiracy (Classic Rhythm & Blues)
August 12 – Souled Out (R&B Soul)
August 19 – The Pernell Reichert Band (Alt Folk)
August 26 – Adam Woodall Band (Folk Rock)
For a complete listing of what’s happening, check our events calendar.