Here’s What’s On Our Radar for Labour Day Long Weekend in Vancouver

With the last long weekend of the summer just ahead of us in BC (yup, Labour Day is almost upon us), it all but signals a time to squeeze in those last little mini adventures around and outside our fair city. So, come Friday, make the most of an extra day away from the office before we’re all expected to hunker down and get back to work; check out our list of to-do ideas and get out there…

Stay local and unleash your inner kid by heading to the PNE’s Playland for a day of cotton candy and cronut-fuelled fun. Entry includes access to all the rides, activities and evening entertainment – and it’s easy to get to.

Head to Whistler and enjoy the sun slope-side. If you’ve got the proper gear, be sure to cruise the trails via bike and grab après at the Longhorn for a well-deserved brew. After you’ve cooled off, catch some of the Whistler Outdoor Concert Series (on until September 1st). 

Get off your butt and head to one of the local mountains for a day of hiking. Given that we’ve got at least three local spots to hit up, there’s really no excuse not to. Alternatively (and for those of you who are a bit more seasoned), make the trek up to Squamish and hit the Chief. Be sure to leave those kitten heels at home – this one requires some savvy footwork and a bit of planning.

Hit the beach. Not that we’ll up and abandon our local beaches as soon as the long weekend’s over, but this weekend marks all the more reason to pack up your BBQ, grab a crew of friends (and beer cozies) and bust it on over to one of our local hot spots. If you’re feeling lazy, get all your beach-worthy fixings to go from one of our favourite little spots, Cardero Bottega, where you’ll find an array of tasty made-to-order NYC deli sandwiches and charcuterie.

Get corny. And by this, we mean make your way out to a country-style original that is the Chilliwack Corn and Country Music Festival. It’ll get you out of the city for a day-long break and some quality re-fuel time. There will be live performances, an outdoor farmers market and Southern-style BBQ and beer garden. Tickets are a steal at only $5 a pop.

Top photo courtesy of Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane