Welcome to the end of the weekend, Vancouver! It’s been an absolute scorcher out there, and things aren’t looking any cooler this week. In light of that, we’re keeping most of our ‘how to deal with hot weather’ picks intact for this week. We’ll admit it- if we’re not out doing one of these things, chances are we’re sitting around our apartment just surrounded by fans.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week.

Get outta town

We’re sure that everyone and their dog will be trying to get out of Vancouver this summer. If you’re feeling different, skip the regular destinations and try out a couple of weirder options. Need a place to start? You’re in luck, because we’ve rounded up some of our favourites close by.

Where: Click the link above for more info

Visit a gorgeous lavender farm

Lavenderland is finally opening its doors this week. Starting with a launch this weekend, they will be taking reservations to visit their newly opened grounds. Walk along the thousands of lavender plants, take in the sweet smell and take a few Instagram photos as well. It’s an opening 4 years in the making which is also very exciting!

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until October 10
Where: 8460 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Cost: $15 for GA

Chill with the TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest

Whether you take Giant Steps or think to yourself “So What” the Vancouver International Jazz Fest is really worth checking out. There will be a bunch of streaming shows all week, as well as some in-person, From celebrated jazz musicians from around Canada and the world. This event is a must check out.

When: June 25 – July 4
Where: Online and some in-person venues
Cost: Depends on the show, but many are free

Have a drink and a meal at your local patio

Craving something a little heartier than a liquid lunch? Pretty much every neighbourhood in Vancouver has partnered up to create a map of both permanent and temporary patios in the city.

Where: Click the link above for more info

Hit the beach

Just like ice cream shops, we think it’s much better to head to a local beach during the week than on the weekend, and especially during a heat wave. Our advice here is to pick some lesser-known beaches over the fan favourites. What can we say? We like our space.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Or cool off another way

Another option around the city for those looking to cool off? Our lovely outdoor pools and splash parks. Whether you’re swinging by Kits early in the morning or misting yourself mid-day, Vancouver has more than a few ways to keep cool this week.

Where: Click the link above for locations

Go on a hike

For the more adventurous, you might be thinking about a quick hike in the mountains. We’re in the same boat, but we will say that you should probably double your food, water and sunscreen amounts just for safety’s sake! We don’t want anyone overheating on the side of a mountain.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Explore a local garden

This is honestly our top pick as an activity for hot days. After all, Vancouver features some absolutely stunning gardens that are sure to provide ample shade during your visit. Pair that with some gorgeous flowers in bloom, and this is a great mid-day activity.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Watch a movie in theatres

Movie theatres are back, friends! An, there’s no doubt that an extremely easy way to beat the heat is by sitting in a dark room watching either the classics or some new releases. Plus, we will not hesitate to admit that all theatre popcorn is better than what we make at home.

Where: The Rio, The Cinematheque, or at a Cineplex

Head to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Art galleries are like heaven during a heatwave. Usually not too many people, lots of free time to roam around, and unbeatable A/C (gotta keep the artworks safe!). We haven’t been to the Vancouver Art Gallery in a while, so this is what we’re suggesting this week.

When:  Open throughout the week
Where: 750 Hornby Street
Cost: Varies

That’s our roundup for this week, folks! We hope you enjoy it!