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“Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” - Van Morrison

Sultry summer days are here again! It’s time to soak in some rays, luxuriate in that delicious floral breeze, and watch the world spring to life like a beautiful mosaic painting. For most Vancouverites, summer is a welcome panorama of long weekend hikes, enchanting forest trails, and trips to the sea or the mountainside. 

There’s nothing more enlivening than setting your heart racing on a rugged bicycle trail, teaching yourself how to paddle board, or escaping to your secret camping spot far away from the city. If you’re looking for the perfect activity to kick off the summer, you’re in the right place. Brush off your boots and pack your knapsack.

We’re counting down the 5 most tantalizing summer spots that will make for superb pictures and even better memories!

 

 


Panorama Ridge lookout point

 

Panorama Ridge (Whistler, BC)

If there’s one thing hiking enthusiasts will tell you, it’s when you leave the concrete behind and hit the rich, soft, leafy trail, your tensions slip away almost instantly.

From May to October, there is one trail that every self-respecting thrill-seeker must try - at least once! 

Panorama Ridge is intended for seasonal hikers; you’ll get to test your mettle on strenuous terrain and a challenging number of inclines. 

You’ll find a lot of fellow hikers on this gorgeous loop trail that runs for about 28.3 kilometers. Lose yourself to nature as you trek through the amazing panoramas, cross a picturesque alpine bridge and take on mini rock trails. 

Curate your own adventure! You can do the entire loop in a day or stagger it over multiple days and set up shop at one of its many campsites overnight. 

If you’re game for a great exercise and even greater views, book your tickets for Panorama Ridge today.

 

 


Lighthouse Park lookout point

 

Lighthouse Park (West Vancouver)

Nestled on the shores of West Vancouver, Lighthouse Park opens you up to a world of sights and sounds. 

Soak up those delicious views of the pristine water and capture a few glorious Instas of the park’s infamous Douglas Firs and Western Red Cedars. 

The park has several trails that will take you past the rich foliage. You won’t be able to resist cozying up under the shade of one of these trees and dreaming the day away.

With relatively easy terrain and only a handful of ascents and descents, all of which are suitable for beginner hikers and small kids, Lighthouse Park attracts a plethora of visitors every year. 

Plan your route through the park accordingly depending on how quickly you want to get to its namesake lighthouse. You can trek through the trails before heading there or take the most direct route which is a 10-minute walk from the trailhead.

Make this one a family affair! The views, the trek, and the memories will make for wonderful stories years down the road.

 

 


Inuit carved artwork

 

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver (Gastown, Vancouver)

Inuit culture is rife with storied legends of unconscionable human grit. Among other things, they are known for their colorful art and jewelry, ingenious hunting tools, and handmade fur coats. 

The Inuit Gallery of Vancouver pays homage to this wonderful culture. Located in the heart of Gastown, it is a museum of Inuit artwork from senior artists and promising apprentices. 

Get lost in a world of color, shapes and tradition as you take in each unique aboriginal piece. There’s nothing quite like it. Some of the artworks are even for sale.

As soon as you walk through its doors, you’ll be blown over by the intricate sculptures, beautiful paintings, jewelry, prints and carvings, all of which strongly convey Inuit themes of family, resilience and spirit. 

If you’re thinking of taking a rewarding history lesson this summer, the Inuit Gallery should definitely be on the top of your list.

 

 


Phantom Creek Estates Winery walkway

 

Phantom Creek Estates Winery (Okanagan Valley, BC)

Wine connoisseurs will find the Phantom Creek Estates Winery to be a luxurious paradise. These sun-kissed vineyards are nestled in the mountains spanning over 78,000 square feet, and are responsible for creating some of Canada’s finest red wines. 

A trip to this family-owned winery will leave you spellbound. Take the tour through the massive vineyards and estate, learn the intricacies of creating a full-bodied rich wine and enjoy a delicious meal at the restaurant. 

The estate is also rife with ancient architectural sensibilities. The doorway is flanked by two imposing marble statues of winged creatures inspired by Greek mythos and a glorious Dale Chihuly glass sculpture in its VIP tasting room. 

This is the ideal romantic getaway for couples and wine lovers. The opulent interiors, lush vineyards and heady wines are truly a feast for the senses.

 


Alouette Lake view from the shore

 

Alouette Lake (Maple Ridge, BC)

If you love boating, swimming and fishing, Alouette Lake is your go-to destination this summer. The lake is located some 13 kilometers southeast of Maple Ridge and offers a healthy dose of the outdoors.

There are plenty of hiking trails along the lake to get in a strenuous exercise before you enjoy a rousing dip in the cool water. 

You can also set up your tent by the lake at the designated picnic site and fry your freshly caught fish, while enjoying a breathtaking vantage of the surrounding tree canopy. 

Other lakeside activities that are offered include horseback riding and biking. These are a great way to explore the undulating trails, get a glimpse of the glorious mountain range in the distance, and even discover a private stream by which you can enjoy a wonderful afternoon siesta away from prying eyes. 

Alouette Lake is where Mother Nature luxuriates in all her glory. We’re already lacing up our boots and prepping to head out!

  

And there you have it,

From the intrepid trails in the depths of the wilderness to a luxurious winery hidden in the mountains, we’ve laid out the best locations that Vancouver has to offer. 

Wishing you happy trails this summer. Stay safe!


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