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SUMMERFUN

A Local Family’s Summer Bucket List

by Bianca Bujan

Vancouver is known for its stunning sea-to-sky adventure scene – from zig-zagging down the ski slopes of the local mountains, to trekking up the tree-lined mountain trails, to kayaking and paddle boarding along the city’s coastline – the city has something to offer for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. While my family is fortunate to have been born and raised in the picturesque city of Vancouver, there are a number of local adventures that we have yet to try. That’s why each Summer, we put together a bucket list of new local gems we’d like to explore. Here’s what we’ve added to our Summer bucket list for this year.

Wave at the New Walruses at the Vancouver Aquarium Two new charismatic and curious young walruses - Lakina and Balzak - have been added to the Vancouver Aquarium animal family, and we can’t wait to get an up-close look at the brand new Arctic mammals! Look for the handsome duo at the Research Outpost, where you can learn about their cool-climate adaptations like their thick blubber, long tusks, impressive whiskers, and surprising vocals.

Hike To Joffre Lakes This one’s a bit of a jaunt from downtown Vancouver, but I’ve been told that the 3-hour drive is more than worth the trip. It takes a 10-11km round-trip hike from the trailhead to see all 3 lakes, making it more of a full-day hiking trip than a quick trek. Reviewers say that the hike can be strenuous with a steady incline on the way up, so we’d likely leave our little one at home for this one and just take our 8 and 11 year old children. Before heading out, I’d study the detailed hiking guide on what to expect, shared on vancouverhikingtrails.com.

Take a Seaplane Flightseeing Tour of Vancouver I’ve always wanted to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of my favourite city, and have watched on with envious eyes as the little white-and-yellow seaplanes have ascended from the water’s surface. Harbour Air, the world’s largest seaplane airline, offers a wide range of flightseeing tours of Vancouver, Whistler, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. With prices as low as $95 (per adult), and $55 (per child), this would be a special treat for adventure-seeking families looking to experience Vancouver from a new perspective.

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The July|August Summer 2018 issue of WestCoast Families magazine, featuring Summer Fun, Kids with Special Needs, Back to Work, and Travel &...

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The July|August Summer 2018 issue of WestCoast Families magazine, featuring Summer Fun, Kids with Special Needs, Back to Work, and Travel &...

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