10 ways to defeat the heat in Vancouver this summer

Jun 24 2022, 7:15 pm

It’s the first weekend of summer and the temperature is about to heat up around the South Coast.

Whether you’re excited to soak up some major sun, or you are going to be sitting next to your AC all day, we have got you covered.

Here’s how you can stay cool in the Vancouver heat.

1. Cool off with ice cream


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When it’s hot out, ice cream is a must-have dessert. There are so many great ice cream spots in Vancouver. From liquid nitrogen ice cream to ice cream sandwiches to gelato, you are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth all while cooling down.

2. Chill at the movies


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Movie theatres have great AC, so if you can catch a matinee film then you’ll be comfortable eating popcorn and watching the latest blockbuster this summer while the sun’s at its hottest.

3. Head to a beach

The warm weather calls for a swim in cold water. Lucky for us, Vancouver has tons of beaches to help keep cool this summer. Make sure to check out our complete guide to all of Vancouver’s best beach spots.

4. Jump in a lake


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Vancouver’s beaches and pools are great but can get a bit crowded in the summer months. If you’re looking to take a swim and enjoy a bit of wilderness, there are plenty of lakes to swim in around Metro Vancouver and beyond.

5. Check out an art exhibit

Immerse yourself in culture while relaxing in air-conditioned heaven. Vancouver has tons of art galleries and exhibits you can check out. The Vancouver Art Gallery is an amazing place to spend an afternoon that’s a little too hot for comfort.

6. Go shopping

Shopping is the perfect pastime to escape the heat. Enjoy all your favourite stores in any of Vancouver’s malls — air-conditioned, of course.

7. Go to a waterfall


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The rushing water and refreshing mist of a waterfall are all you need to escape the summer heat. Check out these easy trails and spend the day lounging next to one of the bodies of water nearby.

8. Drink a cold beer

What’s better than enjoying a cold beer on a warm day with good company? BC has tons of great breweries where you can try summer brews.

10. Check out an outdoor pool or splash park


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Splash parks and pools are great for everyone who’s looking to cool down from the heat. Check out our guide on splash parks and the best pools in Vancouver.

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