Five Ways to Enjoy the Last Week of Summer in the Tri-Cities


End of Summer Tri-Cities

Kids go back to school in one week, which means that many of us here in the Tri-Cities are eagerly soaking up what’s left of summer. Here are our picks for five ways to enjoy the final week of summer vacation right here in our own backyard:

1. Go Swimming in a Lake

We are very lucky to have White Pine Beach and Buntzen Lake right here in our own community. So pack up a picnic lunch, slip into your bathing suit, slather on the sunscreen and take part in a local summer institution. True fact: the other half of the Tri-Cities Nacho Tour met his wife at White Pine Beach. You just never know what good things will happen when you head to the lake to cool off.

2. Go Kayaking

Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or an utter newbie, you can take to the sea here in the Tri-Cities. Port Moody’s Rocky Point Kayak offers rentals, lessons and tours. They’re also running special Blue Moon and Full Moon tours on August 31 and September 1, 2012, respectively. And in Belcarra Park, Takaya Tours offers tours and rentals with a First Nations Flair. It’s always cooler out on the water, and you’ll be crossing something off your bucket list while you’re at it.

3. Go out for Ice Cream

We have an ice cream culture here in Metro Vancouver, and the Tri-Cities are no exception. Whether you enjoy Casa Dolce in Newport Village, Matteo’s Gelato in Port Coquitlam, Rocky Point Ice Cream, Cumpari’s on North Road or your own fabulous creation at Marble Slab Creamery, there’s not shortage of frozen deliciousness in our area. Load up the kids, and make an occasion of it while the evenings are still long enough to go sit on a patio with something cool after dinner.

4. Ride Your Bike

There is some great cycling here in the Tri-Cities. Colony Farm Regional Park boasts 6.5km of trails. It connects to the Traboulay PoCo Trail, a 25km trail that circles the city of Port Coquitlam, through a variety of terrains and landscapes. And Port Moody’s Shoreline Trail offers 5.5km of easy trails, great for riders of all ages and abilities.

5. Hit a Local Spray Park

If you have kids, you know that the spray park is the pinnacle of summer fun for the under-12 set. And, let’s face it, sometimes for the over 12 set, too. There are lots of spray parks to choose from here in the Tri-Cities, and with hours that last well into the evening, and a season that extends into September, there’s still lots of time to play in the water. Plus, since all spray parks are connected to playgrounds, you can pack some food and make an afternoon of it.

Those are our picks – how are you spending the last week of summer vacation here in the Tri-Cities?

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