With fall just around the corner, there’s still plenty of time to tackle this “10 Things To Do” list. Now there’s no excuse for lazing around as the balmy days pass idly by—unless, of course, that’s your idea of perfect summer fun. Check first to confirm hours of operation and details before visiting.
Zoom Along a Zipline
Take flight and soar through the treetops—at speeds reaching up to 100km/h—on Mt. Washington’s newest adventure, the Eagle’s Flight ZipTour. mountwashington.ca
Watch Water Ballet
Victoria Harbour Ferry captains—and their boats—become “ballerinas” on Sundays at 10:30am (until the end of September). The best seats are at the Steamship terminal in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. victoriaharbourferry.com
Splish & Splash at a Spray Park
Nothing screams summer like a spray park. Most are open, though hours and capacity might be limited, so check first before visiting your favourite neighbourhood spray park.
Go Mini Golfing
Mattick’s Farm in Victoria, Paradise Fun Park along with Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf in Parksville and Miracle Beach Mini Golf in Black Creek are among the courses operating this summer. Most require advance booking for tee times.
Seek Shade Spelunking
Although self-guided access is closed, Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park offers guided cave tours with limited availability. Reserve in advance. hornelake.com
Gaze at Goats on the Roof
Coombs Old Country Market is open and the goats are grazing—on the roof! This landmark features a mixture of shops, eateries and lots to look at. Oh, and ice cream! oldcountrymarket.com
Have Fun at the Fort
Storm the Fort—Fort Rodd Hill, that is—with a visit to Fisgard Lighthouse, the Casemate Barracks, Batteries, beach and nature trails. www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill
Forage at a Farmer’s Market
Gather the ingredients for a farm-fresh picnic and set your sights on a shady spot to dine al fresco. For a list of markets or to find a farm, visit islandparent.ca/family-events.
Hit ‘The Dock’
Set sail for Protection Island on the passenger ferry leaving from Nanaimo’s Front Street terminal 10 minutes past every hour and cool down at Dinghy Dock Pub & Restaurant with a Lil’ Skippers Menu for kids. dinghydockpub.com
Smell the Roses
Though many of the traditional summer events at Butchart Gardens have been cancelled, the grounds are open daily from 9am-4pm, with viewing until 5pm. www.butchartgardens.com