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
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.