Alright, Vancouver, we’ve endured one heckuva weekend of heat, and things are probably staying hot for the rest of the week. Are you like us, and trying to find new and exciting ways to stay cool without an air conditioner? Well, we’ve rounded up some top tricks and tips to help you cool off. Let’s check em out!


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Chill near a body of water (and in the shade)

So you still want to be outside, huh? First off, good for you. Second, while hanging out on a beach/by the lake is a great idea, keep in mind that old Mr. Sun isn’t messing around either. At the very least, be ready to swap between the sun and the shade, and bring about four times as much water as you think you’ll need, in addition to absurd amounts of sunscreen.

Visit a spray park

For a quicker way to cool off, Vancouver has more than a few free-to-access, first come first served spray parks to jump around as well. There are in fact 14 different spray parks around the city to visit, meaning that one is probably in your neighbourhood or nearby.

Get some greenery in your life

Vancouver might be the city of glass, but it is also most likely an ‘urban heat island’. Basically, asphalt and gravel absorb more heat than grass/other natural landscapes. So, you’ll find some relief by getting out of the city, although this heat dome is a real doozy pretty much throughout the province. We recommend mixing it with a trip to a river or alpine lake, for a double-whammy of relief.

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The old ice water trick

There are two ways to help cool your home using just a dish of ice or ice water. Placing it on a windowsill or in a doorway will give a little bit of relief, but more for serious results just set it down in front of a fan pointed towards you. Lacking an ice maker? Pretty much anything cool with help, from rolled-up towels to a bag of frozen peas!

Throw a few sheets to the wind

Speaking of ‘cool stuff in an airway’ we’re throwing in a variation of the ‘Egyptian Method’. Basically, take a large-scale piece of fabric (sheets, a mat, or a blanket), wet it with cold water, and hang it in front of a door or a window. The larger the piece, and the colder it is (freezer hint), the longer the effect will last! Great way to cool your place while you’re sleeping.

Focus on fruits and veggies

This is not the week to try and make a lasagna. Instead, focus on cold dishes (salads, spreads and charcuteries) that still provide all the vitamins and minerals to keep your body in tip-top shape. Bonus points for anything with a super high water content, like oranges, melons and pineapple!

Get your culture on

In addition to it just being nice to visit movie theatres, art galleries and libraries once more, they all feature some seriously high-level air conditioning. Catch your first summer blockbuster in over a year, learn about cool artists (especially at admission by donation spots) or just browse around for a new novel to read!

Alright folks, that’s our roundup of some great ways to cool off in Vancouver and beat the heat! With any luck, you’ll only have to spend like $10 max (for some fruits and veggies) in order to take advantage of all these options.