As the fall semester comes to a start and the summer season slowly slips away, it can be difficult to stay in the present and enjoy the rest of the warm weather. Students begin to panic about their upcoming course work and the limited free time they have left, wasting time worrying instead of making the most out of it.
Take a look at these activities, which I guarantee will take your mind off of the foreboding dread of classes, and won’t impact your budget. Whether you decide to do these activities with a friend or on your own, they will leave you with great memories to look back on.
Quarry Rock in Deep Cove
I picked this hike because it is great for people that are less experienced with hiking and don’t want to feel extremely sore the next day. Besides getting past some annoying roots, the trail is not that difficult, so even your non-hiking friends will want to take part. The view at the top is breathtaking and you can take in the gorgeous scenery of Indian Arm.
If hiking is not your thing, you can rent kayaks and see the view from a different perspective. Deep Cove is also a fun area to check out its small town vibes and variety of restaurants and stores. Before leaving, you have to check out Honey Doughnuts & Goodies, located on the main strip, which according to the CBC is one of Kate Winslet’s favourite stops to make in Vancouver.
We are so lucky to live in a province where we have access to so many different beaches. I love the beach because it’s a great way to decompress and take in the sea air. What makes the beach so special is that you can go on your own or with a group of friends. Nobody will care if you sit at the beach on your own listening to music or reading a book.
However, each beach has a different vibe. I’d recommend going to Crescent Beach in Surrey or Jericho Beach in Vancouver if you want to be by yourself as they are both very peaceful and have lots of great spots to sit without anyone around.
If you want a more exciting vibe with lots of people, I would recommend going to Vancouver’s English Bay or Kitsilano Beach. These beaches are transit friendly and have a lot of great restaurants nearby. Before you leave, don’t forget to go for a dip!
Before leaving Crescent Beach, you really should spend the afternoon in White Rock, Surrey. Like Deep Cove, White Rock also has a small-town feel to it and there is plenty to do. Take a walk on the pier with an ice cream cone, or sit on a bench and watch the train go by. They also have farmer’s markets every Sunday until October.
If these activities don’t jump out at you, or you have already done them this summer, I have a few other options for you that are also easily accessible. Check out a Vancouver Canadians game and cheer on the C’s at Nat Bailey Stadium. If you want to see an affordable play, go watch some Shakespeare with Bard on the Beach performed at Vanier Park. Whatever you do during the break, make sure you have lots of fun!