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!