As I mentioned in this previous post, I never focussed so much on seasons until moving to Vancouver. BUT, since spring sprung I have been impatiently waiting for the sun to shine, for the temperature to creep over 15 degrees, for short-appropriate weather. And as I have been sitting here staring out the window at the continuous rain drops rolling down the glass, I began to write a list of all the things I want to do once the sun appears in all its glory. Then I asked my friends, and the list has continued to grow. So here it is: my summer in Vancouver bucket list, as nearly all of these activities would be 100% better when it isn’t raining.
- Stawamus Chief Provincial Park: I have heard a lot about this hike from locals, and have seen the views once you reach the top, but I want to experience the breathtaking beauty for myself. It is about an hour outside of Vancouver, near Squamish, and websites state it takes approximately five hours to complete, so it will definitely be a challenge for me!
- Stanley Park: I definitely didn’t spend enough time in Stanley Park last summer, which is something I want to correct this year. I want to spend time by the water soaking up the sunshine; I want to bike around the Seawall with my camera and I want to walk amongst the trees and get lost in nature.
- Kits Beach: I miss the sea! I miss the feeling of salt water on my skin. I miss just floating in the water and forgetting any troubles. Kits Beach is the place to do this, with everyone else in Vancouver.
- Deep Cove: Another place I have been told I must visit, but yet didn’t get to last summer so I shall change this in the summertime too.
- Steveston: Ah, the place Once Upon a Time is filmed and the place I’ve been told I can get some decent fish and chips (yes, I only miss small things from home).
- Bowen Island: A further day trip from Vancouver, this sounds like a place to soak up some local culture and take beautiful scenic photos.
- Okanagan: I would like to visit the Okanagan again to see some of the other towns in the region: specifically Penticton and maybe even the Peachland Summer Festival!
- Vancouver Island: I still haven’t been to the island to visit British Columbia’s capital, Victoria (shame on me I know). I would also love to go to Tofino while I am there, as I have seen the photos and heard the stories and basically need to go there now.
- Whistler: I saw this town under its white winter coat, so I am intrigued to see how it looks and its atmosphere in the summer.
- 123 of Sports: I did the hockey in the winter, now it is time for… 1) the Vancouver Whitecaps in soccer, 2) a local baseball game at Nat Bailey Stadium an 3) some football with the BC Lions.
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Science World
- Festivals: I visited quite a few of the many festivals Vancouver offers in summer, so I hope to visit the same and then some more! Bring.It.On.