5 Ways To Escape The Heat This Summer

The mid-summer heat wave is upon us, and while we’re doing our best not to complain about the sweltering heat (because we all know it’s much better than rain!), some cooler activities would definitely be a welcome change.

Chill this summer with these 5 ways to escape the heat and cool off in and around Vancouver.

Swim, splash, and slide at Cultus Lake Waterpark

Take a refreshing dip in the pools, run through the spray at the splash parks, and go for a thrilling ride down the many slides of Cultus Lake Waterpark – the largest park of its kind in BC! Read all about how you can bring out your inner child and keep your kids entertained while staying cool at Cultus Lake, through the words of our Publisher in our latest issue. Read More

Wave at the new walruses at the Vancouver Aquarium

Visit the two new charismatic and curious young walruses – Lakina and Balzak – that have been added to the Vancouver Aquarium animal family, and 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. The cool indoor space at the Vancouver Aquarium is a great place to chill. For more summer fun, see a local family’s summer bucket list. Read More

Explore the Britannia Mine Museum

Head to the Britannia Mine Museum where you can crawl through the mining caves of yesteryear in a rickety mine train, and learn about how the miners of 1914 drilled and mucked through the caves by candlelight. Discover the evolution of the trade through the modernized drilling techniques that rejuvenated the industry, and see how the rocks and dirt were removed from this captivating haulage tunnel. Then head to the gold panning pools and sift your way through the sand to discover dainty gems and flecks of gold that you can take home as a special keepsake from your visit.

Relax and read in a cool space

There’s still time to tap into your summer reading list, and we’ve got a list of must-read book series to help you get started and keep you going all season long. Check out our top picks for kids, adults, or the whole family to enjoy, and get reading! Read More

Take a road trip to Everett for a visit to the Imagine Children’s Museum

Head across the border for a weekend of family fun! The Imagine Children’s Museum, located in Everett, WA, offers interactive exhibits and activities that encourage children (ages 1-12) and their families to role play, experiment, splash, think, wander and create together in a place where they can feel physically and emotionally safe. With exhibits such as the Glow Zone, Tall Timbers Rooftop Adventure, Imagine Air + Ball Tower, Rise and Shine Farm, and Art Studio, there’s enough to see and do to keep your little ones busy all day!


Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the latest issue of WestCoast Families magazine, with lots of ideas for summer fun. Available on stands now at a location near you, or read it online here.

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