~ By Vancouver personal trainer and Momentum Fitness Co-owner Barry Duncan. To learn more about Barry check out his bio.
|Vancouver is a fantastic city. We have mountains, the ocean, beaches, events, festivals and countless other summer activities to enjoy but this year I’m worried that my life has gotten too busy and I’m afraid that I might miss out on summer entirely.
In order to prevent this I’ve created my own personal Summer Bucket List. Quite simply put, these are the things that I want to accomplish before our summer “kicks the bucket.”
As a Vancouver personal trainer my Summer Bucket List blends relaxing laying-in-the-sun fun with active get-outside-and-exercise fun. This list is in no particular order and I will tick things off as they are accomplished.
|Photo Courtesy of dan.marv
One Vancouver Personal Trainer’s Summer Bucket List:
- Go Rock Climbing in Squamish: BC is a rock climber’s dream with more than a dozen climbing areas between the city and Whistler. Over half of our best climbs are in Squamish so a day trip is a must this summer. OK, maybe two day trips.
- Picnic with Nikki at Sunset Beach on English Bay: What is the point of living in a city like Vancouver if you never take time to enjoy a romantic dinner at the beach as the sun sets? Assortments of meats, cheeses and some bread take care of the food part, wash it all down with your beverage of choice and you have a fantastic evening.
- Make Time For Patio Time: A long, lazy lunch on your favourite restaurant patio is a Vancouver tradition. Some of my top picks: Bridges on Granville Island, Boathouse Kits Beach, Joey Burrard Downtown, Cactus Club English bay, The Galley at Jericho, Lift in Coal Harbour, Brix in Yaletown, Provence Marinaside Yaletown, Dockside Restaurant Granville Island and Monk McQueens in False Creek.
- Cycle the North Shore Mountains: A return trip from our personal training studio at 8th and Burrard in Vancouver to the top of Cypress Mountain is 70km. Cycling to the base of Grouse Mountain and back is 56km and the ride to and from Seymour Mountain is 63km. If I feel like Lance I may do all three, round trip: 127km.
- Try Paddle Boarding: Every Vancouver personal trainer needs to get out and try this new sport. Paddle Boarding is a Hawaiian export that combines balance, strength and endurance - and it looks like a ton of fun!
- BBQ at Spanish Banks: I am extremely fortunate to have a lot of like-minded friends. Some are personal trainers while others are just regular Vancouverites who love to be outside barbequing. One of our favourite spots is beside the anchor at Spanish Banks. It’s great for kids and is off-leash dog friendly so bring both and let them run around.
- Enjoy Theatre Under the Stars: Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver has this amazing theatre called Malkin Bowl that is host to the TUTS, Theater Under The Stars, productions. This summer they’re putting on The Music Man and Titanic.
- Ooh & Aah At The Celebration of Light: This year the Honda Celebration of Light is being held July 29th, August 1st and August 4th at English Bay. Of course you don’t need to be at English Bay to see the pyrotechnics but getting the full rush of a crowd of 100,000 people with fireworks going off in sync with the booming music makes the trip to the West End well worth it.
- Go Wake Boarding: Time really does fly by if you let it. It was two years ago that Momentum took a group of our personal trainers out wake boarding in Deep Cove. I have been promising myself that I would get out there again and this year it has to happen. Cove Water Sports is the place to rent a boat, driver and all the gear you and your friends will need, if you go be sure to try wake surfing, it was the best!
- Sail to Bowen Island: Lucky for me I have a friend who is a sailing instructor at Cooper Boating on Granville Island. This means that Nikki and I have access to a boat and friends who love to sail. Last year we did 10 absolutely brilliant days in Croatia. One of my favourite Vancouver day trips is sailing to Bowen Island, going for a hike or playing a round of golf and then having lunch before sailing back.
So there it is, my Summer Bucket List. I hope that I’ll be able to cram it all in, and I hope this inspires you to create your own list of must-do activities.