What to do for fun in Vancouver this summer.

 

Summer in the city has started. Whether you’re looking for some fun things to do with your friends, as a visitor or ways to meet new people, add these five things to your list. For those using a wellness tracker, they are also great ways to close your rings at the end of the day.

 

Five fun activities to during the summer

 

1/ Bike 

 

Rent a bike and ride around Stanley Park. The views are spectacular no matter what time of day you go. It takes about an hour to ride around the park which includes a few short stops to take in the sights and views. If you have more time, stop at the Teahouse for a meal or pack a picnic for the beach. Both second and third beaches have restrooms and concessions and are often lively in the evenings.

 

2/ Golf

 

No need for prior golfing experience for the Pitch and Put at Stanley Park. You can bring your own wedge and putter or rent them there. The whole experience including clubs and balls costs about $20. It’s a popular thing for locals to do, so plan accordingly. 

 

If you have limited time, mornings before 10 a.m. and evenings are best. The cut off for renting clubs is 6 pm. If you have your own clubs, you can start later in the evening and play until last light. Head over to Stanley Park Brewing after for a refreshing drink and/or meal.

 

3/ Tennis

 

There are outdoor tennis courts in Stanley Park and all over the city that are free to use. Court time is limited to 30 minutes unless no one is waiting for your court. If all the courts are taken when you arrive, pick a court and let the players know that you’re waiting for their court. Play at off peak times during the day when you have the flexibility in your schedule. If you haven’t played in a while, be sure to warm up with some drills to prevent strains, pulls and pops.

 

4/ Swim

 

The second beach pool in Stanley Park is open and the very popular Kitsilano pool opened this weekend. Both are heated but one has fresh water and the other sea water. Whether you want to swim laps or just play in the water and lay in the sun afterwards, both are good options. Tickets and sessions can be booked online.

 

5/ Pickelball

 

Summers in Vancouver can get really warm. If you’re looking for an indoor game to help you beat the heat, add Pickelball to your short list. Most community centers offer lessons, open play and court rentals. Summer registration opens on June 13th at 7 p.m. If you want to play regularly, mark your calendar for the opening of registration. It’s a popular thing to do year round and accessible to all fitness levels. Drop ins are welcome if the register players don’t check in within 15 minutes of the start time.

 

Elevate your experience

 

Elevate your experience with brunch or a light bite at the Reflections Terrace at the Rosewood hotel downtown before or after. The roof top patio is perfect whether you like sun or shade. It’s another popular place, so either make a reservation or go during off peak times. The grilled shrimp appetizer is simply delicious.

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