Vancouver is a perfect place to be this summer. It is nestled in the middle of picturesque forests, mountains, rivers, inlets, and bays. This city is one breath of fresh air for your summer vacation. Vancouver is one busy west coast seaport with no shortage of things to do. Between the exquisite dining opportunities, the thriving music, art, and theatre scene, and the surrounding natural beauty, your challenge will be trying to decide which to pack into your schedule. Vancouver is one of the best cities to live in and visit in the world. Stay in our downtown Vancouver boutique hotel–Carmana Plaza.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
Patio Hop around the city: It’s a summertime favourite of the locals. With all the restaurants, bars, and patios, it’s good to know how to hop, and a great way to spend the afternoon and evening. Plan it out, or just go with the flow, you’ll find that Carmana Plaza is in the middle of it all.
Hike in Garibaldi Provincial Park: If you’re looking for a beautiful place to spend a sunny day, visit Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park. It is a breath-taking way to get some exercise. It typically takes around 5 hours to make it there – this is a moderately difficult hike that is achievable for most fitness levels.
Rent a boat in Coal Harbour: Get out ‘n about in a boat in Coal Harbor with friends. Explore Indian Arm and the beautiful coastline around Vancouver. There are secluded beaches that are perfect for a swim… invigorating. Don’t forget the food, drinks, and sunscreen.
Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola: Take a scenic drive near Squamish to the Sea to Sky Gondola. This is an affordable way to get a breath-taking view of the surrounding grandeur. Travel way up the mountain next to Mount Habrich to get a spectacular view of it all. There are also day tours available from Vancouver. This is a memorable day trip that any lover of these mountain ranges will enjoy.
Check out the local craft breweries: Craft breweries have become pretty common in the Vancouver area. This is a culture that has found a home and is here to stay. Granville Island Brewery is a favourite (on the “must-see” Grandville Island – check out Date Nights). It has a vibrant bar and a fascinating brewery tour. Then there’s Steamworks Brewpub in Gastown, then in Port Moody, there are several brewers in “brewer’s row.”
The Richmond Night Market: As the largest night market in North America, this international attraction gets over 1 million visitors per year. If you like great pacific rim food, entertainment (at the Main stage), and just a lot of excitement, check it out!
The Honda Celebration of Lights: This is the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world. They’ve got it down. This event really brings families together. It’s free and it’s fun! The way Vancouver celebrates! You can either hang out in one of the numerous lounges or get a clear view of the fireworks from comfy grandstands.
Carmana Plaza makes a great base of operations for summer fun in Vancouver. Contact us and book a stay today. We want to make sure that your Vancouver stay is the best it can be. There’s a lot to see so make sure you book enough time. From our downtown Vancouver hotel residence, you have access to the best of everything. Vancouver is one beautiful and interesting place! A breath of fresh air. You can’t find a better place to enjoy it than Carmana Plaza.