Vancouver in the Summer Time

This little city recently hosted the 2010 winter Olympics and is famous for some of the world’s best skiing at near by Whistler mountain. Although Vancouver is a great winter destination, we think there is no better place to be than Vancouver in the summer time. The summer in Vancouver is packed full of festivals and outdoor activities and the day light hours last until almost 9:30 at night during the summer.

Fireworks in English Bay

English Bay is a beach right down town so you can shop along the well known shopping district  of Robson street, walk to Denman street for lunch at a quaint cafe, then continue to English Bay for ice cream and lazing on the beach. English Bay located at the intersection of Denman & Davie is a busy beach in the summer, you can head towards Second beach is just a ten minute walk away for a great place to play frisbee and beach soccer.

English Bay hosts many festivals during the summer including the Celebration of Lights, a fireworks competition held over two weeks at the end of July where different Countries compete with synchronized fireworks displays. It is an incredible experience with an estimated over 1.4 million people viewing the fireworks over the 4 days of the competition. Arrive early with a picnic dinner & beach blanket to ensure a spot to sit.

Vancouver also hosts a yearly pride parade that attracted an estimated 600,000 visitors this year. The parade runs through down town, ending in Second beach where there is a large after party starting in the early afternoon. The party is a great time blasting dance music and full of people dressed in outrageous costumes.

Vancouver's Pride Parade

Kitsilano Beach is a popular beach that is frequented by locals in their teens to early thirties who come to lay out on the beach, play volley ball or ride around on customized cruiser bicycles. A great way to spend the day in Kitsilano is boutique shopping along 4th avenue followed by a Shakespearean play at Bard on the beach and drinks at Malones or dinner at The Boathouse right along Kitsilano beach.

About Elaine


This Canadian travel enthusiast resides in Singapore and is the co-founder of Suma Lifestyle. As a former interior designer, her love of travel brings her around the world visiting the hottest destinations while scoping out the trendiest hotels, bars, and restaurants. Elaine shoots with a Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera and a Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 Lens

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