Glad you aren’t in school, but bored out of your mind? Sometimes it’s hard to determine if you’d rather spend the day staring at an Excel spreadsheet or mindlessly watching Facebook videos. If you’re looking for a third option, get some friends together and enjoy these fun summer activities in Vancouver!

Staff Writers: Rachael Chan & Colis Cheng


Bard on the Beach

For Shakespeare fanatics and anyone who wants to relive memories of highschool English class, Bard on the Beach is a great way to spend an afternoon or night with friends or family. This year, watch The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Pericles as they are performed live in a custom-built tent on Kits Point. You can also pre-order picnic sets to be delivered to you on the day of the performance!


Night Markets

For any foodie ready to take on the world, the Richmond, Shipyards, and Panda Night Markets are the places to be. Admission is $3.25 for the Richmond night market, and the Shipyards and Panda Night Markets have free entry. Food trucks and booths offering a variety of cultural dishes, accompanied by entertaining stage performances, are a great way to make the most out of your night!


Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park

Stanley Park’s annual Outdoor Movie Nights, which is slowly becoming one of Vancouver’s most popular events, is the perfect family-friendly event with an extraordinary Vancouver summer feel. This summer, Second Beach will feature vintage films such as The Outsiders, Space Jam, and Dirty Dancing (the full list of films is available online). It’s also a great substitute for sitting at home and watching  Netflix because you get to watch movies and still receive your daily dose of Vitamin D! Bring some snacks and a blanket, and make sure to get there early to get a great spot. Consider taking your bike, an Evo, or transit to the park, as crowds can reach the thousands. Whether you’re looking for the perfect date destination, a fun family outing, or some quality alone time, Free Outdoor Movie Nights is a must-do for Summer 2016.



On every Vancouverite’s summer to do list, the Pacific National Exhibition is a place for friends and family of all ages to relax and enjoy the day while observing shows, playing games, and riding on roller coasters. Don’t forget about the opportunity to eat giant vats of mini doughnuts and cotton candy! Watch tiny farm animals race against each other, or throw it way back by watching Simple Plan, Olivia Newton John, and The Monkees – to name a few – perform live. Also, be sure to check out the arcade, haunted mansion, and the Bonanza Shooting Gallery.



When summer courses are over and you have concerning amounts of free time in your day, hiking around Vancouver can be a great way to fill the time that would otherwise be spent binge watching TV shows on Netflix. Get together with some old friends from high school, your old COMM 101 or 292 groups, or some university buddies  and embark on an adventure in the wilderness.


Lynn Canyon Park

Experience Level: Beginner

Time: 1-1 ½ hours (depending on the trail)

Lynn Canyon Park has a variety of trails for those who have a desire to hike, but don’t want to commit to climbing up thousands of stairs. Enjoy a picnic after an easy walk on the Varley Trail, a jog around the Lynn Loop, or some cardio hiking up to Norvan Falls. Lynn Canyon Park is also a great place for friends to relax by, or swim in the water below Twin Falls.

Quarry Rock  

Experience Level: Beginner

Time: 1 ½ hours

A mixture of stairs and trails, Quarry Rock is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors for those who have been stuck in lecture halls for the past 8 months. Open year-round with a view of the Indian Arm, this hike is great for all aspiring photographers.  Go early, as it can get busy, and when you’re done admiring the view, grab a bite to eat in Deep Cove. Dogs are welcome!

The Grouse Grind

Experience Level: Intermediate

Time: 1 ½ – 2 hours

With 2830 steps and 853 meters in elevation gain, the Grouse Grind is not the best place for a first time hiker. But, for those with more experience, the Grind’s never-ending staircase is the perfect place for physical strength and endurance training. At the top, watch the world-famous lumberjack show, admire hawks and eagles in flight, or go ziplining through the trees. When the day is done, take the scenic Skyride down the mountain for just $10.

The Chief

Experience Level: Intermediate

Time: 6 hours

Gather some friends, snacks, and your favourite road trip playlist for this uphill journey. Once you’ve conquered one of The Chief’s three peaks, you can enjoy the breathtaking views overlooking Squamish and Howe Sound.  To shorten the time by 2 ½ hours, skip the Centre and North Peaks and go straight for the South Peak. Once you’re done with your hike, another one hour drive will take you to Whistler where you can explore the village and grab a bite to eat. Don’t forget to check out Shannon Falls on your way up!