When It's Hot in Vancouver: 25 Ways to Cool Off

Kits Pool
••• Kits Pool in Vancouver. Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/ Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce

When it's hot in Vancouver, there are lots of fun (often cheap or free) ways to cool down, including swimming and ice skating (yes, you can do that). Heck, the Pacific Ocean is always cold, so a good ocean swim (or just a quick dunk) will cool you right off, no matter what the temperature is.

25 Ways to Cool Down in Vancouver

1. Swim at the beach: Vancouver's Top 5 Beaches - FREE

2. Swim at a different beach: Best Beaches near Vancouver, BC 

3. Swim outside: Vancouver Outdoor Swimming Pools 

4. Swim in a shady swimming hole: Lynn Canyon Park & Swimming Hole - FREE

5. Just swim: Swimming in Vancouver

6. Splash around Vancouver Water Parks - kids water parks are FREE

7. Go Kayaking in Vancouver

8. Take a Vancouver Boat Tour or Sightseeing Cruise and enjoy the sea breeze 

9. Go ice skating (seriously!) with year-round Ice Skating in Vancouver

10. Cool off at a higher altitude (and enjoy incredible views) atop Grouse Mountain

11. Zipline in Whistler

12. Cool off in the shade: Top 5 Vancouver Parks - FREE

13. Spend the night outside: Camping in Vancouver

Want to be in Air Conditioning?

14. Visit air conditioned Vancouver Art Galleries & Museums

15. Let the Beluga whales splash you at the Vancouver Aquarium

16. Take the kids to Science World

17. Go to the mall: Top 5 Vancouver Shopping Malls - FREE

18. Watch a movie: Vancouver Cinemas

Make the Most of the Cooler Vancouver Summer Nights

19. See a Shakespeare play at Bard on the Beach

20. Enjoy outdoor musicals at Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park

21. Visit a Summer Night Market - FREE

Cool Off with Cold Foods

22. Eat more sushi at the top 5 Vancouver sushi Restaurants

23. Try a bizarre gelato flavor at Vancouver's Craziest Gelateria, La Casa Gelato

24. Sip an orignal cocktail: Vancouver's Best Original Cocktails

25. Buy a portable air conditioner!

Reminder: Make sure you have sunscreen and a good hat for any outdoor summer activities in Vancouver. Even if it doesn't seem that hot, the sun is powerful here and you absolutely will feel it's effects without proper protection. 

If you have very young kids or kids who are very sensitive to the sun but who want to swim, Hillcrest Aquatic Centre near Queen Elizabeth Park is ideal--it has both an outdoor pool and indoor pool, so you can move indoors if the sun gets too intense.