Inexpensive Summer Sports Fun

Not everyone likes to sit and enjoy the beach, or hang around at a park for something to do this summer. For all those athletic people or people who just want to do something active, go out and try/play mini golf or try hiking the grouse grind. There are a few great little mini golf spots out there that will amp up a day and bring you fun whether you’re a family or a group of friends (http://www.seymourcreekgolf.com/mini-putt/, http://paradisefunpark.net/mini-golf/, http://www.castlefunpark.com/, http://www.bcminigolf.com/). Mini golf involves some skill and can bring out the competitive side in some people, but mostly it’s about having a good time.

Hiking trails are all around Vancouver, especially the North Shore. The Grouse Grind is just one of those trails and an activity that is budget friendly for any thrifty person. The hike will take a lot of endurance, but when you get to the top and see what you’ve accomplished, the pain and sweat you’ve put into the hike will be forever forgotten. Vancouver has some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole world, and at the end of the hike you will see some of it (http://www.grousemountain.com/grousegrind, http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/grouse-grind/).

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Fun Festivals/Events

Nothing screams budget friendly more than the word ‘free’. All around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland this summer, there are events and festivals going on that are free for anyone to come and experience. Who wouldn’t want to step out of there comfort zone and try something completely new and different. Free events and festivals gives everyone an opportunity to see what’s going on in their own community (http://vancouver.about.com/od/summereventsjunjulaug/tp/Free-Things-To-Do-In-Vanocuver-Bc-This-Summer.htm, http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/07/vancouver-summer-events-guide-2013/). Explore your own city with friends, family, co-workers, or just by yourself. Events and festivals showcase different things from around the world that you might not have seen before or heard of before. For this low-cost budget friendly activity all you would need is your car, or perhaps just your bike if you’re close by, and your two feet to help you walk around and have fun. If you’re up for the challenge of walking through crowds, getting bumped into, trying new foods, seeing something new, meeting someone new, getting to know a new culture, then take advantage of what your community and city have to offer and go to as many free festivals and events as you can this summer!

Beach Days

You can’t go through summer without going to the beach or a lake! Vancouver and/or the Lower Mainland offers an array of choices when it comes to beaches. Depending on what kind of environment you’re looking for, there’s a beach out there for you. In the heart of Vancouver, Kitsilano beach, Jericho beach, and English Bay beach are just a few areas to go to have your beach day. All of these are usually pretty busy on hot sunny days and but if you’re lucky enough to find a parking spot, they offer great people watching as well as a sandy beach to lay out your towel and soak up the sun on (http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/kitsilano-beach.aspx). Squamish and Whistler offer some great lake options if you are looking for a smaller, non-salt water day of beach relaxation, just a short beautiful drive up the highway and you’ll be soaking up sun in a more secluded area of BC (http://www.tourismsquamish.com/attractions/alice-lake-provincial-park, http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/brohm-lake/, http://www.whistler.com/beaches/). For a good beach day, all you need is your towel, sunscreen, snacks, music, a good book/magazines, family/friends, or just yourself if you want to have some ‘me’ time. Summer is close to an end so hurry up and check this off your low-budget activity list while you can!

Water Fun

If you like the water and enjoy being in or close to the ocean, then kayaking and paddle boarding give you that chance. Vancouver has great sightseeing you can do from water level and if you’re lucky, you may even get a marine mammal pop up close by you. Kayaking and paddle boarding are a lot of fun and you don’t even realize you’re exercising while you’re doing it. Vancouver has a few great locations to rent equipment from at good prices and if you check the websites, some places offer two for one deals on certain days which make this activity a great choice for any budget (http://www.ecomarine.com/, http://jsca.bc.ca/, http://www.kayakvancouver.ca/, http://www.deepcovekayak.com/rental-and-lessons/). Kayaking and paddle boarding can be fun to do with friends, family or even by yourself if you are experienced and enjoy the peace and quiet. You can make your way to areas you’ve never seen in Vancouver and see things from a different view. A lot of rental places also offer you to take your kayaks for a couple days so you can make a trip out of it and bring your camping gear along for the ride. Pull up on a secluded beach, set up camp for a night, and enjoy the great outdoors.