That’s right, I’m talking about the weather in Vancouver and I won’t be mentioning rain at all. This time it’s all about the extremely warm record-breaking sunshine that’s been blanketing the Lower Mainland over the last week or so. To help everyone who might be looking for a way to bring down their temperature while still enjoying cloudless days, here are my Ways to Cool Down in Vancouver…
The City of Vancouver operates several outdoor pools which have now been open since the May Long Weekend. You can check out my guide for the one in your neighbourhood or visit the Vancouver Parks Board website for more information.
Qoola on Denman was my first real yogurt (and acai) experience and boy could I go for their green tea frozen yogurt right about now. I’ve also tried out Froyoswirl in Yaletown, which is equally delicious, with a few different menu items. There are plenty of gelato places around town but if you spot on of these havens I definitely recommend stopping in for some fresh fruit atop this icy treat.
Walk in the park
A stroll under the canopy at your local park is an enjoyable way to be outdoors while not overheating. If you’re lucky, when you emerge from the cooling shadows there will also be a waterpark nearby (like at Fleetwood Park in Surrey). Better yet, finishing up a hike over at the Lynn Valley Headwaters with a quick dip.
Hit the beach (and get in the water)
Vancouver’s known for its amazing beaches however I’ve noticed the percentage of people out baking on the sand far outweigh those who take to the water. The ocean is probably pretty darn chilly but also the perfect way to refresh and rejuvenate your sun-drenched body.
Patio + Drinks
My Vancouver Patio Guide from 2007 is terribly outdated as I’m sure dozens of other establishments have setup outdoor and street-side seating areas. Hit a patio for some appies and people watching while enjoying a frosted beverage with friends. Cactus Club, Milestones, Joe Fortes (rooftop), Chill Winston’s, The Mill, etc. there’s no shortage in this town. Below is a stream of Tweets in response to my question: Which restaurant has the BEST patio in Vancouver?
Get on a boat
There are plenty of Vancouver charter boat tours, yacht tours etc. but getting out on the ocean in a canoe or kayak will really cool you down. You can take a day trip from Deep Cove or rent by the hour from Granville Island.
One word: Slurpee
We’re lucky enough to have a 7-Eleven and a Mac’s in the neighbourhood and I tell ya, nothing gives you that instant chill like that first over-eager, brain-freezing sip of a Slurpee. It also takes me back to those lazy days of summer when I was growing up, adding to the refreshing (yet tasty) relaxation you get from a frozen beverage. You could also visit one of our bagillion coffee shops for an iced latte but some days just call for a Slurpee… especially July 11th when sample sizes are free.
Each year at some point in the summer a large group of people converge in a single location to unleash water balloons and the power of their Super Soakers on each other. This is Vancouver’s Largest Waterfight and it’s happening July 11th 2009 at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park.
Also it’s important to note that drinking water is the ultimate way to keep your body cool. Find a water fountain in local parks or bring your own bottle of water out and about (preferably a refillable Sig bottle, not plastic).
In sort of related news I published an article for Tourism Vancouver about 10 Hidden Gems around the city that you simply must check out.
Update: Keira’s got a post about how to keep your pets cool as well.