Anyone who has experienced a Canadian winter can appreciate why we head outdoors and make the most of our summers. It certainly helps that we are spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor recreational activities.
If you love spending time in the sunshine, you might some new inspiration in some of the things we love to do in Canada. It’s possible to enjoy many of these activities by yourself, or with family or friends, no matter where you live.
Read on to find out how my friends and I keep ourselves busy. Why not pick a few of the activities to try for yourself next time the sun is out?
Be a Tourist for a Day
A great way to enjoy a sunny day is to become a tourist in your town.
Get up close and personal with local history and culture by visiting landmarks, a museum, going on a walking tour of an interesting part of town, or taking in tourist attractions with little more than a guidebook or a map and your camera.
Head to the Beach
If you are lucky enough to live at the coast, spend a morning or afternoon on the beach, soak up the sun, breathe deep, and relax.
If there is no beach nearby, why not head to a dam or lake, a public swimming pool, or a water park? Don’t forget the sunblock or money for ice cream!
If you are heading out by yourself, remember to never swim alone, and take your mobile phone along so you can play games such as the online slots Canada is crazy about.
Keep an Eye on the Local Calendar
Summer is the perfect time to find outdoor events that offer action, fun, and excitement. Visit tourism or events sites that cover your town and surrounds, read the local newspaper, and take note of posters that appear on street lamps or in store windows.
You might discover an interesting market, a fun fair, a music festival, or an enlivening cultural celebration.
Use Pedal Power
A bicycle, no matter how fancy or humble, can provide you with hours of entertainment on a sunny day. If you don’t have a bike, you can probably rent one for a few hours, a day, or even a weekend from bike shops that offer rentals, or you could pick one up for a bargain on a classifieds website. Go for a ride and see your surroundings in a new way, or visit a bike trail in a beautiful nature spot.
Go on a Picnic
Nothing says easy summer livin’ the way a long, lazy picnic does. If you wake up to good weather, pack a picnic basket, grab the blanket, cushions, and a few friends, and head off into the garden, a park, or a nature reserve close by.
Some venues sell freshly packed picnic baskets to feed different numbers of people, so if you do not have the time, inclination, or skills to put together the perfect picnic lunch, pay others to do it for you.
Get Your Backpack and Boots Out
Canada, like many countries around the world, is rich with trails that are perfect for leisurely day hikes. Grab your boots, your backpack, a healthy lunch and snacks, find a local trail, and get back to nature for a few hours.