10 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 29 to July 5

Jun 29 2020, 1:48 am

Please note: As recommended by BC’s provincial health officials, if you choose to participate in events outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent handwashing. If you are sick, please stay home. 

Say goodbye to June and hello to July, Vancouver.

From Canada Day to the Grouse Grind and more, here 10 events to check out this week around the city.

Vancouver Visual Art Foundation ‚Äď Art Downtown


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What: Art Downtown is a summer program created to help support local artists and share their art with the community during these stressful times. This project allows artists and the public to connect, inspire each other and share creativity. Between June and September, artists will be presenting their work and techniques at Lot 19 and Cathedral Square, downtown Vancouver.
When: Wednesday, July 1 (Lot 19)  and Friday, July 3 (Cathedral Square)
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where:¬†Lot 19 — 855 W Hastings St/ Cathedral Square —¬†¬†566 Richards St, Vancouver

Visit the Grouse Grind 


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What: The Grouse Grind trail will reopen to the public on the same day, Monday June, 22.
In a release, Metro Vancouver notes that visitors ‚Äúshould be prepared for a different hiking experience‚ÄĚ when visiting the popular North Vancouver destination, and they have laid out a number of health and safety guidelines.¬†Those who use the Skyride to return to the trailhead must reserve a time in advance¬†online.
When: Monday to Sunday
Time: Gate opens at 7 am and closes at 7:30 pm
Where:¬†Grouse Grind Trail¬†‚ÄĒ¬†6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver

Visit the Vancouver Aquarium 

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Vancouver Aquarium entrance (Shutterstock)

What: The Vancouver Aquarium has reopened, following a closure of more than three months. All admissions from reopening will support the aquarium, which is facing bankruptcy due to the difficult financial situation it finds itself in as a result of the pandemic. A number of added health and safety measures have been implemented for visitors. For starters, the aquarium will have an initial visitor capacity of 20% to 30%.
When: Monday to Sunday
Time: Check the website for available ticket times: First time slot 9:30 am; last time slot 3:30 pm.
Tickets: Guests will be required to purchase tickets online in advance, selecting a specific date and time for entry.
Where: Vancouver Aquarium —¬†845 Avison Way, Vancouver

A Taste of the PNE: Canada Day Edition

PNE Canada Day


What: The PNE will be hosting a drive-thru Canada Day celebration and parade on July 1, meaning there will be a reason to get out and show your Canadian pride this year. Billed as the only ‚Äúlive Canada Day parade of 2020‚Ä≥ this event will be¬†a ‚Äúreverse parade,‚ÄĚ where families will be encouraged to wear red and white and decorate their cars with flags and Canadian-themed items.
When: Wednesday, July 1
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Cost: $10 per car (Food is not included)
Tickets: Available online

Vancouver Canada Day Dis-Dance



What: VYVE is hosting an underground Canada Day Celebration. The event is outdoors and will include social-distancing.
When: Wednesday, July 1
Time: TBA
Where: TBA
Register: Online

Canada Day Drive-Thru Food Truck Experience


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What: Celebrate Canada Day and support the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation at this drive-thru food truck event featuring mini donuts, burgers, fries, hot dogs and more.
When: Wednesday, July 1
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Braid Station —¬†81 Braid St, New Westminster

All About Eagles (Online)

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What: Back by popular demand!  Hosted by the Stanley Park Ecology Society this webinar takes a deep dive to answer all your questions about eagles.
When: Thursday, July 2
Time: 5 to 6:30 pm
Where: Online
Tickets:  Available online. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Cost: Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale – you choose what you pay

Go nighttime kayaking



What: Located in North Vancouver, Deep Cove Kayak is once again giving locals and tourists alike the opportunity to experience the city’s waters in an entirely different light this summer, with a special seasonal kayaking series.
When: Every Friday until September 27
Time: 8 pm to 10:30 pm
Where:¬†Deep Cove Kayak¬†‚Äď 2156 Banbury Road, North Vancouver
Cost: $75 per person

Take an illuminated nighttime standup paddleboard tour of Vancouver 

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What: Vancouver Water Adventures offers a series of Friday and Saturday night standup paddleboard sessions known as their Light the Night tours.
When: Every Friday and Saturday evening at dusk
Time: Departure time is dependent on sunset time. See the departure time upon booking.
Where:¬†Vancouver Water Adventures ‚Äď 1812 Boatlift Lane, Granville Island
Cost: $75 for standup paddleboarding; $85 for sit-on-top single kayak/$105 for double sit-on-top kayak

Visit the Brentwood Artisan Farmers’ Market

Brentwood Farmers’ Market

Courtesy Brentwood Farmers’ Market

What: Metro Vancouver, say hello to your newest weekend event: The Brentwood Artisan Farmers’ Market. This new market soft-launched on June 14 with nearly 20 vendors ranging from local farmers to community crafters.
When: Every Sunday until October 25.
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Alpha Avenue (on the corner of Dawson Street) in Burnaby.

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