10 Things to Do Before Summer Ends

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.

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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

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