Best Places to Visit Around Vancouver During Summer

Millions of visitors come to enjoy Vancouver and the surrounding BC area each year, the tourism industry contributes many jobs to the local economy and helps many small businesses to flourish.

There are a wide range of optimal places around the city to enjoy during summer.

Whether you want to stay active and go hiking or kayaking, see a movie during the hot summer heat, do some shopping, there is something for everyone around the city to enjoy.

Here are a few ideas of what to do during summer in Vancouver.

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Stanley Park

Stanley Park is one of the most popular places to enjoy during the summer months around Vancouver. You can find a variety of activities to do near Stanley Park and make your way through the park to see different sights as well.

There are many chances to eat some great food too, including the Prospect Point Bar & Grill offers some of the best views in the city and great food with a vibrant atmosphere.

  • Rent a bike
  • rent roller-skates
  • hike or go walking
  • enjoy a day at the beach
  • have brunch, lunch, or dinner nearby

Restaurants around Stanley Park

  • Prospect Point Bar & Grill
  • Teahouse in Stanley Park
  • Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant and Brewpub
  • Second Beach Concession
  • Third Beach Concession

Around Stanley Park you can find a wide range of food options, including restaurants around Coal Harbour and near English Bay.

This is going to be a busy area during summer so you will want to take public transportation if you can so you don’t have to worry about parking. There are many bus and SkyTrain options nearby to get you close to Stanley Park.

Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour is close to Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver and is one of the most beautiful locations to enjoy in the city. In this area you can find shopping, pubs, restaurants, tourism attractions, and more.

There are some of the best restaurants in the city right here in Coal Harbour and you are going to get some amazing views of the mountains, oceans, and spectacular sunsets too.

For a restaurant with a view or patio you have a wide offering of choices. One of the best restaurant bar locations in this area is LIFT which has a top patio space to enjoy with lunch or dinner.

Find some of the best food in the city right here in Coal Harbour.

There are also easily accessible public transportation options too. In this area during summer you might see cruise ships passing through and they bring in thousands of tourists into the local area to enjoy the shopping, dining, and more that Vancouver has to offer.

Coal Harbour has some of the best views and food options in the city and makes a top choice for where to spend a day during summer.


The Best Gardens in Vancouver

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Queen Elizabeth Park

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Stanley Park Rose Garden

Bloedel Conservatory

These are some of the best gardens to visit around Vancouver during the summer. They can get busy though so you might want to look at getting tickets ahead of time if needed, to be sure that there is space when you are looking to go.

Granville Island

Granville Island is very busy during summer as this is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the city. This man-made island is one of the most beautiful areas in the Lower Mainland.

In this region of Vancouver you can enjoy water activities, rent boats for example, or find great seafood restaurants and other top food destinations.

Granville Island is a beautiful area of Vancouver and has some of the best ocean views to offer.

Grab a fresh donut from Lee’s for breakfast or make your way over to the Sandbar Seafood Restaurant for brunch and try their Smoked Salmon Latkes or Traditional Eggs Benedict. Looking for a refreshing Aperol Spritz, Caesar drink, or Mimosa? Then look no further.

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Commercial Drive

There are many great restaurants and cafes to find on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. One of the best locations to plan a visit? Memphis Blues Barbeque House for some fantastic BBQ. This is some of the best BBQ in the city.

Restaurants to try:

  • Memphis Blues and bar
  • SULA Indian Restaurant
  • Havana Vancouver
  • Kishimoto Japanese Restaurant
  • La Mezcaleria
  • Pepino’s Spaghetti House

Don’t forget the ice cream during summer with a visit to La Casa Gelato either, this is one of the best places for ice cream in the city. They’ve got dozens of different flavors and some you might have never seen before.

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