Heading to Vancouver? You’re making an excellent choice. As Canada’s third most populous city, Vancouver has all the vibrancy and diversity of a major modern city, though it also enjoys a pretty magical geographical location!
The waters of the Salish Sea ebb and flow to the front of Vancouver, while the epic natural landscapes of British Columbia surround from all other sides. In Vancouver, you’re always spoilt for choice: stay in the city’s center and explore its cultural offerings, or head off into the wilderness to enjoy the revitalizing benefits of time spent in nature.
Join BeWild! Adventures today as we choose some great activities you can partake in this summer. And if you’re feeling inspired to reconnect with your wild side, consider joining us for one of our Summer Hiking Day Trips.
Head to Vancouver’s Granville Island
Few spots in Vancouver have as great a summer buzz as Granville Island. Heading over to Granville Island feels like a mini escape from the wider city. Though Granville is accessible on foot from downtown Vancouver, the island has an identity all of its own.
The first stop on your journey around Granville Island should be the Public Market. This indoor market is the perfect place to sample seasonal foods and soak up the atmosphere. If travelling with kids, you can take them to the Kid’s Market. Toy shops, play areas, and games are all on offer.
Away from the markets, enjoy food on the waterfront, or sample some locally crafted beers as you enjoy the excellent weather. Once you’re suitably refreshed, browse the distinctive indie shops and boutiques found on the island or some of the many art galleries.
Visit Vancouver’s Stanley Park
Vancouver’s Stanley Park covers a whopping 1,001 acres, making it one of the largest parks in North America. Walk, cycle, or even skate along its routes and enjoy a quiet oasis in the heart of the city.
Walk along the sea wall to enjoy coastal views or spend time relaxing by Beaver Lake. The park has been labelled as one of the “greatest urban parks in the world,” and when you spend a sunny summer day here, you’ll soon appreciate why.
Suppose you’re interested in birdlife or photography. In that case, we highly recommend taking our Stanley Park and Vancouver Wildlife Walking Tour, on which you’ll get to explore flora and fauna of Stanley Park in the company of a professional wildlife photographer.
Take Part in Local Vancouver Events
There’s always something happening in Vancouver, especially during the summer months. From the annual Pride celebrations to Canada Day and film and music festivals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Though you’ll need to consult local listings during your trip to check what’s planned, here we include some highlights from the 2022 summer calendar.
Vancouver Bach Festival (July 26 – August 6)
Bringing classical music to new audiences is a big part of what the annual Bach Festival sets out to do and this year, they’ve got something genuinely unique planned: a fusion of traditional Scottish music with the Baroque masters.
As it says on their website, it’s sure to be a ‘rollicking good time’ with a fabulous selection of international musicians taking part.
Canada’s Festival of Contemporary Dance (July 7 – 16)
Entering its 34th year, Canada’s Festival of Contemporary Dance will feature both indoor and outdoor performances at various venues across Vancouver. Enthusiasts of performance arts won’t want to miss this long-running celebration of dance.
Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 15 – 17)
Another Canadian institution, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival is remarkably hosting its 45th annual event. With participating artists coming from across the globe, this folk festival guarantees an eclectic mix of sounds.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy the craft beer and artisan food sections, craft stalls, and an area reserved for children.
Squamish Constellation Festival (July 22 – 24)
Okay, this festival is taking place an hour outside Vancouver, but it looks like one that music fans won’t want to miss. With over 30 different musical acts performing, the Squamish Constellation Festival promises something for everyone.
Located in a beautiful part of British Columbia, you’ll get to enjoy the famed Sea to Sky Highway on your way to and from the event. And once there, they’ll be interactive activities, arts and crafts for sale, and a variety of food and drink available.
Brewery & the Beast (7 August)
This festival brings together chefs and brewers from across Canada to serve their specialties. What better way to enjoy the fine summer weather than by sharing food and drink outdoors in the company of good people?
Brewery & the Beast looks set to be a one-of-a-kind food festival!
This is a mere sampling of the countless events occurring across Vancouver and the surrounding BC region this summer. Check local listings when you have your Vancouver trip arranged, and you are sure to find an unmissable event just right for you.
Explore British Columbia
Still, looking for things to do? Consider exploring the broader British Columbia province. Vancouver guarantees exceptional cuisine, shopping, and culture all year round, but maybe you want an outdoor experience that’s really off the beaten path…
Check out our full selection of Multi-Day Hikes in BC 2022 for inspiration! Discover the unparalleled beauty of British Columbia’s lakes, waterfalls, forests, and mountains on your very own backpacking adventure!
We have options suitable for all levels of experience.
If you have any questions about this blog or our tours, please get in touch.