The sun’s finally breaking out and it’s time to get outdoors, sip some sweet drinks, crash a few festivals, and cheer on a slew of different sports teams.
This week is Evo’s one-year anniversary, and with room for five and lots of cargo space, they can get you to any of these 50 things to do during Vancouver’s warm months. If you aren’t already a Member, join today for $5 and receive 100 free driving minutes.
But don’t feel pressure to choose just one of these awesome activities – using a car share service like Evo will assist you with the back and forth, helping you achieve a packed social calendar.
Get your driver’s license ready and check out these 50 things to do during Vancouver’s warm months.
What: Track down one of each of the five different coloured eggs to win an Easter Treat bag from Lonsdale Quay. After the hunt, enjoy cookie decorating with El Dorado Pies, a craft table, and face painting and balloon sculptures from A*Star.
What: Take part in a Easter Egg hunt through the Surrey Museum, and then enjoy a show from the Vancouver Rabbit Agility Club as they show off their bouncing bunnies in daring feats of rabbit athleticism.
Vancouver’s 28 kilometre Seaside Greenway is the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world – so get out there and enjoy it! You can walk, run, bike, blade, or board your way from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks – via Stanley Park.
Take a hike
Check out Vancouver Trails to get maps and directions for a myriad of hikes in Vancouver, on the North Shore, the Howe Sound and more. Here are some of my favourites:
What: Mother Nature’s Stairmaster, a gruelling climb up 2,830 steps on the side of Grouse Mountain. In less than 2.9km, the trail climbs more than 853m. Why do it? Well, the glory obviously. And the free entry to Grouse Mountain attractions at the top.
Where: Parking lot at the base of Grouse Mountain on the North Shore
What: Hiking too hard? Take the Sea To Sky Gondola up to the instead. It will take you high above The Chief to more walking trails an amazing vistas – and you can enjoy a restaurant, suspension bridge and viewing decks too.
Where: 2km south of Squamish off the Sea To Sky Highway
What: Walk, run, bike, skateboard, rollerblade, swim, picnic – or even enjoy a horsedrawn carriage ride – in the gorgeous Stanley Park, our favourite Vancouver oasis of green. (Note bikes, boards and blades should always go around the park in an anti-clockwise direction!)
What: A suspension bridge hanging 70 metres above the Capilano River on the North Shore. Entry is $38 – but includes access to seven treetop footbridges and a Cliffwalk along a granite precipice overhanging the river – and B.C. residents get unlimited admission for one year after their first visit.
What: The budget version of Capilano’s bridge, this suspension bridge stretches across a beautiful canyon, 50 metres above raging waters and waterfalls. It may not be as high as Capilano but it’s certainly narrower – and it’s completely free.
Where: Lynn Canyon Park – 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver
It’s that time again: you can’t move for runners racing around our city. Whether you’ll be strapping on your own running shoes, or cheering from the sidelines, here are a few races to get you started – big and small:
Bug Run – 2.5K and 5K run/walk for Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases in Vancouver on April 2.
What: See Vancouver’s Whitecaps take on the rest of the MLS. Highlight home games this spring include kickoffs with last year’s conference winners FC Dallas in April and longtime rivals Portland Timbers in May.
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
When: Various Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday evenings, spring through fall
What: Lacrosse is Canada’s other official sport – so why not go see the local team, Vancouver Stealth, in action? This spring’s National Lacrosse League home games include faceoffs with the Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock and Calgary Roughnecks.
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
When: Various Saturday nights until the end of April
What: Vancouver’s Terminal City Rollergirls are one of the biggest and most successful leagues in Canada. Head to their home opener to see the Bad Reputations face off against the Faster Pussycats, while the Riot Girls take on last year’s champions Public Frenemy.
Where: Royal City Curling Club – 75 6 Avenue East, New Westminster
What: Boulevard is adding another delicious edition to its ongoing Sunday Supper Series when Executive Chef Alex Chen conjures up the rustic flavours of Spain’s national dish with a string of events featuring Paella as the centrepiece.
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
What: Join Vancouver Aquarium and be the first to sip and savour Naramata Bench’s Spring Wine Releases at this delicious evening of wining and dining bringing together B.C.’s best wineries and sustainable seafood restaurants.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
When: April 28 at 7 p.m.
Catch the last of the farmers markets at Hastings Park (Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. until May 1) and Nat Bailey Stadium (Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. until April 23), then head to these spring sellers:
What: Vancouver’s Electronic Dance Music Festival takes place around the city over five days and finishes with two main events at the Pacific Coliseum featuring Duke Dumont, Porter Robinson, Odesza, and more.
What: One for any British escapees out there, the VSO will hold its own version of the renowned 120-year-old concert, including, of course, performances of Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Pomp and Circumstance.