The Ultimate Summer City Guide
An excursion to the great outdoors, a plethora of festivals to stimulate the senses, a sun-filled day on the beach. To help you tailor a memorable Vancouver journey of your very own, we’ve created an Ultimate Summer City Guide to Vancouver to get you started. We invite you to join us at Parq Vancouver and experience our city’s bounty of blissful summer adventures.
Cross the exhilarating suspension bridge 50 meters above a rushing river in North Vancouver before hiking the gorgeous parklands.
The Vancouver International Jazz Festival
BC’s largest music celebration attracts 1,800 artists, holds 300 concerts at three dozen venues and entices over half a million ecstatic music lovers join the journey. The 2019 festival runs from June 21 to July 1.
Experience outdoor dining at its finest, delicious handcrafted cocktails and impeccable service at D/6 Bar & Lounge, Vancouver’s most exciting rooftop patio high in the cloud line.
Grab a blanket, meander the seawall and connect with the community in Stanley Park for a free outdoor film, every Tuesday from July 2 to August 20.
Vancouver boasts an array of night markets that blend entertainment, shopping, and wonderful food. We suggest taking the sea bus at dusk to take in the North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market, held every Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Join in on the free outdoor stretch at Dude Chilling Park, held daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Take in a game of the Vancouver Canadians, a minor league team and affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Folk Festival at Jericho Beach
A premier music festival in the Lower Mainland, this jamboree takes place on the beautiful waterfront grounds in west Kitsilano from July 19 to 21.
Dance the Day Away
Peruse the shops on Robson Street then head to Robson Square, in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, for free lessons and performances from July 7 to August 25.
The Deighton Cup
Dress up in your finest attire and attend Vancouver’s most stylish day at the races, July 20.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Experience this popular attraction at night for an illuminated thrill in the treetop.
Stroll Our Gardens
Wander two of Vancouver’s special gardens, the Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Chinese garden in Chinatown and the VanDusen Garden on Oak Street.
Explore Vancouver’s stylish local designers as you sip locally brewed, slow-drop coffee (a Vancouver staple) in Gastown and Yaletown.
Lions Gate Bridge
Discover Vancouver’s striking surroundings from a new vantage point by walking the pedestrian-friendly Lions Gate Bridge.
Take in our great nation in this thrilling ride through the provinces, conveniently located at Canada Place in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
Slide The City
Release your inner child as a main thoroughfare is replaced by a giant waterslide, July 13 and 14.
Celebrate Ocean Day at Vancouver’s marine masterpiece, June 8.
How does a carrot get its hue? How do you build a robot? Take a playful adventure into the depths of science, located in the False Creek sphere.
For a true local experience, pack a picnic and head to the expansive Kits pool, which is situated oceanfront and boasts a view of the grand North Shore mountains.
Peruse the food stalls and discover local artists in their very own shops in Vancouver’s most iconic city attraction.
Take a Hike
The North Shore Mountains are teeming with adventure. Try the Grouse Grind for an extreme sweat, or meander the trails on the Olympic-winning Cypress Mountain.
Discover False Creek by boat or venture to the calm waters of Deep Cove, two very different yet breathtaking places to paddle.
Celebration of Light
Watch the skies come alive as the world competes for best fireworks performance, July 27, July 31 and August 3.
Pride at Parq
Gather your fiercest friends and join us as we dance the night away with the queens from Ru Paul’s Drag Race. This is set to be Vancouver’s hottest summer party, August 2nd.