Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sunny and dry with temperatures in the low 70s, Vancouver in August will sound perfect to anyone looking to get away from heat and humidity at home. There’s more than ideal weather in Vancouver with outdoor activities, diverse neighborhoods, fresh seafood, and lively nightlife. In the Kitsilano neighborhood, visitors will find family-friendly attractions like the Museum of Vancouver, H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. There’s a beach, huge public saltwater pool, tennis, volleyball, and picnic areas. For a bit of summer culture, Bard on the Beach, in its 30th anniversary season, offers four Shakespearean productions on two stages from June 5-September 21. A short summary before the shows helps the audience get acquainted with the plot. Stanley Park, set on a peninsula at the edge of downtown Vancouver, features beaches, jogging and biking trails, an aquarium, water park, gardens, and forested areas. In the Granville Island neighborhood, the indoor Public Market is home to fresh produce, gourmet foods, seafood, and baked goods. The annual Celebration of Light is a fireworks competition choreographed to music and launched off a floating barge in English Bay. This year’s events, preceded each night by concerts, will be held on July 27, July 31, and August 3. Bring a picnic and pull up a folding chair for great entertainment.

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