Summer Bucket List for the V3H

TriCities Summer Bucket List Port Coquitlam Port Moody

It’s the last day of July, which means that summer is about halfway over. If you’re looking to pack some extra fun into what’s left of the warm days ahead, we have some suggestions. We’ve compiled our very own summer 2013 bucket list for the Tri-Cities. Here’s how to make the most of summer!

Summer 2013 Bucket List

  1. Visit Belcarra Park – The Belcarra Picnic Area feels like a hidden local gem. It’s pretty much always quieter than Buntzen Lake, White Pine Beach or Rocky Point Park. The playground is shaded, which makes it much more comfortable to watch the kids play. The views across to Deep Cove are spectacular, and there are plenty of picnic tables and lots of wide-open grassy space. Take a walk on the dock where you’ll see people out fishing for crabs, walk on the beach, or take a hike on one of the forest trails. To find out more about what’s happening at the park, go here.
  2. Enjoy a cool treat at Rocky Point Ice CreamOur post earlier this week says it all. If you haven’t visited the newly-refurbished eatery, go now!
  3. Take in an outdoor concert – We have a listing of shows in Port Coquitlam and Port Moody in our Outdoor Summer Concerts in the Tri-Cities post. There are a range of performers, so you’re sure to find something you love. Pack along some chairs and a picnic, and you have a sure-fire winner.
  4. Paddle a kayak – Head to Rocky Point Kayak, or drop by Takaya Tours when you’re taking the trip to Belcarra Park. Whether you’re just looking to rent a kayak, you want a guided tour, or you’re a complete novice and you’re looking for lessons, they’ll help you out. We’re fortunate to have this beautiful ocean right at our doorstep – get out on it this summer!
  5. Swim in a lake – With Buntzen Lake and White Pine Beach right here in the Tri-Cities, we have two great options if we want to go jump in a lake. Both spots get very busy on sunny weekends, but weekdays and evenings are a little quieter if you want a quick cool-off. The ocean is beautiful, but there’s something about swimming in a lake that just screams summer, and as the season wears on the water only gets warmer. Take advantage of it while the good weather holds!
  6. Eat fish and chips – With two Tri-Cities locations at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody and Gates Park in Port Coquitlam, Pajo’s is a long-time local favourite for good reason. We don’t know about you, but nothing says ‘summer’ to us quite like laying into a meal of fish and chips. Give yourself a break on a weeknight and head to the park for a meal outdoors in a beautiful setting. Then take a walk along a local walking trail to work off all that greasy deliciousness.
  7. Watch a movie under the stars – Port Coquitlam has two upcoming dates in August for their annual Cinema Under the Stars series. Over in Port Moody, the Port Moody Film Society is showing How to Lose Friends & Alienate People outdoors at Port Moody City Hall at 9:30pm on August 10, 2013. For more information on that, head to

What about you – what would you add to your summer bucket list here in the Tri-Cities?

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