This is the second edition of my monthly posts about where I wandered this month. Read the first edition here. This month I did a few new things in Vancouver, along with some of my favourite summer activities. I always love July because it’s my birthday at the end of the month so of course, I had to do a few fun things for that!
I’ve wanted to check out this park for a while now, but UBC area is fairly far from where I live, so when a few of my friends had a free day I thought it would be a perfect chance to bring their dogs on a walk and check out this place. It a really nice forested area and if I lived close by I’d probably walk through this park as often as I can. We walked through less than half the park (and by park I really mean forest), but I’m sure there wasn’t much we missed as it’s mostly trees. I think it’s amazing that Vancouver has set aside so many areas around the city to remain parks and forest but I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit here if you’re a tourist or traveller. Especially since North Van and Stanley Park are more accessible from downtown.
The Richmond Night Market happens every weekend all summer long in Richmond. They have great deals for shopping, especially if you’re in the market for a new cell phone case or cute sock, but everyone knows you go there just for the Asian cuisine. The admission is $3.25 and most vendors only take cash. Make sure you bring a lot of money because you will be tempted to eat everything! It’s nice to go in a group so you can try a lot of different things but be prepared to lose your friends in the crowd. This year I finally tried a deep fried snickers bar and it was worth the sugar crash afterwards, it was also the only year I didn’t wait in the massive line up for a rotato (and if you don’t know what that is you need to go there to find out).
I try to spend at least one weekend a month in Langley visiting friends and just relaxing. This particular weekend I was volunteering for a bike race that benefited education in Rwanda. I got to paint cute kid’s faces and enjoy the view of the river. This was also the day after I started playing Pokémon Go so caught a bunch or water Pokémon and walked around Fort Langley looking for Pokestops. One of my favourite places there is actually the antique store, even though I never buy anything I find it interesting to look at the old treasures you can find there.
I always love taking new friends here and seeing how scared they are of the bridge. My favourite part of the park is the Treetop adventures, where several small suspension bridges lead you between trees high above the forest. Some of these trees are hundreds of years old and it’s amazing to see how tall that are even being fairly young.
I would go to the beach every day this summer if I didn’t have anything else to do, I’m just a bit obsessed with it lately. This one is always so popular (aka crowded) since it’s so easy to get to and has a decent parking and food options. The water looked a little bad to swim so I just lied in the sun to read and tan (aka burn).
I spent a day on Main street doing a bit of shopping with intentions of making my way to the East Side Flea but that never got that far. I finally tried a Rosemary Rock Salt Bagels I had walked past a few dozen times, and let me tell you, I have been missing out for at least two years now. My absolute favourite store on Main street is The Soap Dispensary, I don’t know what that says about me but honestly, I just love that you can refill your soap there and find any eco-friendly alternative to household items and care products your heart could desire.
For my Birthday my roommate and I decided to do a hike. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one but knew it was one of the shorter and easier hikes in the Vancouver area. It wasn’t too difficult in terms of cardio but proved challenging because of a number of roots and rocks that you have to navigate on the path. Along with a surprising amount of mud, it hadn’t rained recently as far as I can recall so I’d can’t even imagine how it would look when it had. The view is absolute spectacular which made it all worth it.
After a nice birthday dinner went to an improv comedy show on Granville Island. The Vancouver Theatresports League has shows every night and the one we went to was Firecracker, a show with an all-female cast. It was hilarious and a highly recommended activity for an evening out.
I went to my friend’s rooftop concert and it was about as magical as it sounds. His band is west coast inspired queer indie rock and included a female drummer and an upright bass. What more could you want? They planned it on the same night as Celebration of Light, which is a fireworks competition in Vancouver with three featured countries each having a night dedicated to their display. This year there was a US team from Disney! What could be better than a rooftop concert followed by Disney fireworks?
There always so much to do in this city and unfortunately I missed out on any Canada Day festivities and the annual Pride Parade. If you’re in Vancouver next summer check those out along with my list of Top 10 Free Things to Do in Vanouver . What fun places did you wander this month? I’d love to hear about it in the comments and to keep up with my current wanderings check out my social media here: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.