All year round, Vancouver is full of exciting activities and cultural events. Summers are even more special, though. For one time out of the year, the sun comes out nearly every day and the weather becomes consistently warm, clear and gorgeous. This window of paradise-like weather is often cause for celebration among the locals, who go all out to make the most of the beautiful conditions. Here are some of their favorite ways to unwind:
Canada Day is one of the biggest celebrations of the year throughout Canada, but Vancouverites bring a particular amount of gusto. A huge amount of free events occur, bringing the celebration to the masses. Granville Island’s celebrations are always worth a trip, and most of them are 100 percent free. Surrey even throws the biggest Canada Day celebration this side of Ontario with their outdoor concert series.
You would have to be crazy to not go on at least one beach trip during the summer. Kits beach, Spanish Banks and English Bay Beach are all amazing opportunities to kick up some sand or just soak up some sun.
June through August is often packed with festival events. The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is an important highlight on the local calendar. Huge names like the legendary Buddy Guy perform, as well as lesser-known acts getting their first exposure on the big stage.
Other notable celebrations include the Car-Free Festival, which promotes alternative transportation, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and the SHOREfest concert and fireworks display. Bring the whole family to any or all of them for an unforgettable experience.
Summer Night Markets
Markets are typically an early morning affair, but plenty of Vancouver area merchants know how to light up the night with fun and culturally-rich night markets. Come enjoy fresh seafood, artisan wares and hot street food as you browse the colorful stalls. Richmond has two of the largest: the Richmond Night Market and the International Summer Night Market. Both offer more than 300 vendors, live entertainment and thousands of market-goers.
The Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver is equally exciting, and the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is legendary for its atmosphere.
Celebration of Light
Fireworks displays are always fun, but just imagine how much better it could be if there was incentive to up the ante. The Celebration of Light pits teams against each other to light up the English Bay in the most spectacular fashion possible. This event is quickly becoming one of the premier fireworks events across the world.
This is just a taste of what summers in Fleetwood and the Vancouver area can offer. Living on Fleetwood real estate gives you access to fun and memorable events like this no matter what season it is. Visit our buying page to find yourself a new home in one of the most culturally exciting cities on the planet.