Well folks, if the weather holds up then we think we’re looking at a pretty great long weekend in Vancouver ahead of us. And while public health restrictions are ongoing, we’ve got more than a few great options for you to check out. From enjoying a delicious meal at home to getting out and about in the city, here’s what’s in store!

Here are 10 socially distant things to do in Vancouver this long weekend.

Enjoy a delicious and healthy vegan meal

What better way to enjoy a long weekend than with a ‘treat yourself’ meal? Whether you’re looking to have a picnic on the beach, a patio dinner at home, or a hearty option for movie night, Vancouver has tons of vegan dining options. Personally, we’re thinking that a little solo pizza party might be the move…

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Or go all out at a new burger pop-up

On the complete other end of the spectrum, Pigot’s Burger Club has officially launched in the city. Specializing in American ‘smashed’ burgers, these creations are a cheesy, greasy, decadent mess. Trust us, our coworkers in Calgary swear by them, and we all know that city doesn’t mess around when it comes to meat.

Where: 1795 Beach Avenue (CRAFT English Bay)
Options: Takeout and delivery available

Go be cool in the pool

Not one, but three of Vancouver’s outdoor pools are opening this weekend! If you’re looking to get some laps in, or just relaxing on the deck, Kitsilano, Second Beach and New Brighton are opening this Saturday. Heads up though- visits will be required to be booked in advance, alongside a few other new policies.

When: Open Saturday, May 22nd
Where: Click the link above for more info

Inspire your green thumb

Speaking of fun long weekend activities, we can’t help but recommend Vancouver’s amazing gardens. Most of them are in full bloom right now, and the outdoor settings (minus one spot) are perfect for sunny, but not too hot days. Our top pick for this weekend? Queen Elizabeth, especially if you add in a vegan picnic, wink wink.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Hike up Grouse Mountain

Yes folks, we’re going there. Now that the Grouse Grind is open for the season, we recommend you suit up appropriately and tackle it in the rain. You’ll be guaranteed to see just a small fraction of the regular amount of people on there, and booking a download ticket will be easier than ever as well.

When: Open throughout the weekend
Where: Grouse Mountain
Cost: $20 (for the download ticket)

Check out an interesting beer sample shop

Granville Island Brewing has gone all out on the release of their latest beer- a super summery peach sour. In addition to hosting a sample shop (where a donation to the Vancouver Food Bank gets you a beer), they’ve also partnered with Lee’s Donuts for an accompanying peach donut!

When: Open throughout the weekend
Where: 45 Water Street
Cost: $5 donation, or a food donation, to the Vancouver Food Bank

Look at a food-focused art exhibit

Do you love taking pics of food almost as much as you love eating it? Our friends sure do, which is why we told them to visit The Polygon’s latest exhibit, titled A Feast for the Eyes. The show is a roundup of some of the world’s most famous photographers, and all the pieces have one thing in common- a focus on food.

When: On until May 30th
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: Admission by donation

Head to a Farmers’ Market

We don’t blame you if your farmers’ markets visits dropped in frequency over the winter. But, we do hope that with spring your passion for supporting local growers and artisans has returned! After all, you just can’t beat a big old bag of produce from an early morning trip to the market. Heck, it’s practically a rite of passage in the city.

When: Markets weekly
Where: Click the link above for more info

Visit a new immersive exhibition

The Firehall Arts Centre is back with a legitimate, in-person experience! They’re hosting the world premiere of yellow objects, a new project from playwright Derek Chan. Consisting of objects, voice recordings and projections, the exhibition presents two looks at Hong Kong- the city in 2019, and what the city may look like in 2050.

When: Open throughout the weekend
Where: 280 E Cordova Street
Cost: $15 and up

Check out a regular Drive-In Movie

The Twilight Drive-In is an amazing way to enjoy movies on the silver screen, both old and new. Whoever is running the programming there deserves a pat on the back- one week it’s the latest movies to come out, and the next it’s some all-time classic.

When: Showtimes weekly
Where: 260th Street & Fraser Highway, Langley
Cost: $30 and up

Alright Vancouver, that’s what we’ve got in mind for the long weekend! We hope that you enjoy it!