6 ways to ensure your summer ends on a high-note in Metro Vancouver

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Uh oh, only 17 official days of summer left…

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Since Vancouverites are scrambling to make the most of their remaining summer days, we thought it would be a good time to share a list of end-of-season inspiration and help you end summer with a bang. From outdoor activities to some of the best seasonal treats in town, here’s what to do before summer officially ends on September 23rd.

Grab a Beer at the Four Winds Brewing Co. Tasting Room

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Four Winds Brewing Company opened their doors to B.C.’s thirsty craft beer scene over six years ago. Since then, the Delta based brewery has supplied the province with a collection of bold and balanced brews that have become a staple in the fridges, taps and growlers of craft beer aficionados across Metro Vancouver. Their tasting room in Delta, located about 30 minutes from Downtown Vancouver, builds upon their beer offerings with a very tasty taco menu and an exquisite tapas program run by their head chef Greg Bowen. The menu changes daily and makes use of organic ingredients from local farms.

Same goes for their beer, in fact, Four Winds just launched the newest beer in their Jam Series, called Apricot Jam. The beer combines a very drinkable IPA with Apricots and Milk Sugar; the perfect drink to transition you from summer to fall. Get a glass, pint or growler fill at the tasting room, and hey, why not grab some tapas while you’re there?

Richmond Dumpling Trail Food Tour

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They’re crispy, they’re chewy, and they’re literally stuffed with incredible flavour! What are they? DUMPLINGS!

This summer, let Vancouver Food Tour take you on a guided expedition through Richmond’s Dumping Trail, considered one of the best destinations for Asian food in not just Vancouver, but North America! That’s not hyperbole, last year the New York Times published a story exclaiming Richmond as home to the best Asian food in the continent, and this tour shows off exactly why. From  Shanghainese Dumplings to Cantonese Wontons, this guided walking tour samples 6 of the area’s 20+ restaurants. The Richmond Dumpling Trail Tour last approximately 2.5 hours and includes 6 different dumpling tastings, four of which are served with tea, and one served with a specialty beer pairing.  Get ready for a tasty adventure along the Richmond Dumpling Trail!

Get the family swimming with Pedalheads Swimming Lessons

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What’s summer in Vancouver without some time in the water?

Pedalheads Swim is a swimming program for kids ages four months and up offered in a safe, fun, skills-based learning environment. They offer one-hour lessons, small class sizes, and warm-water pools to give your child a better learning experience than what’s typically offered at a rec centre or community pool. By using their own proven teaching methods, combined with Red Cross curriculum, Pedalheads insures your child will finish this summer feeling confident with the very important life skill of swimming.

Healthy Summertime Eats at Body Energy Club

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Summer in Vancouver is all about being active and that means fueling your body so you can look, feel and perform your best!

Vancouver’s favourite health haven, Body Energy Club, serves up smoothies and açaí bowls made from 100% natural ingredients, free of artificial colours, flavours, sorbets, sweeteners, and preservatives. Each smoothie and bowl are packed with at least 25 grams of clean whey or vegan protein, making them great pre or post workout treats that will keep you feeling full for longer. It’s like after work cocktails for people that love health and fitness!

Body Energy Club first opened their doors in a modest 500 sq ft space on Davie Street and now operates 11 locations across Vancouver and Los Angeles. If you want to end this summer feeling your best, be sure to visit them in store and follow them @bodyenergyclub for weekly giveaways, health tips, and new product announcements. They stock thousands of vitamins & supplements at the best prices in town, pre-made meals, and desserts for any and all diets. From Keto, to Paleo, to high protein or vegan, this is your one-stop-shop for for summertime eats that make you feel AWESOME!

Improving Self Defence and Self-Esteem Alliance Vancouver Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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If you wanted to spend this summer getting fit, there’s still time!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an internationally organized competitive sport which has recently exploded in popularity because of the success of jiu-jitsu fighters in MMA events such as UFC. At Alliance Vancouver, students have the option of practicing  jiu-jitsu purely for fitness, or to compete in tournaments. The choice is yours, but either way, every ability level is welcome to join in. Jiu-Jitsu is a great way for kids to learn important lessons regarding determination, focus and effort, making this an AWESOME opportunity to boost the self-esteem of any fighter, young or old. With a few weeks of summer officially remaining, you still have time to get in fighting shape! Alliance Vancouver Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers both kids and adults a healthy training environment to learn this incredible form of martial arts.

For the month of September, kids can receive a free month at Alliance Jiu-Jitsu with purchase of uniform by mentioning “Vancouver Is Awesome” when signing up.

Earn Some Participation Ribbons… For Drinking Beer

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Granville Island Brewing is giving beer drinkers tongue-in-cheek participation ribbons just for trying their beer at their upcoming pop-up taprooms across Vancouver. People who collect all four ribbons and post the photo on Instagram can tag and follow @granvillebeer to be entered to win a Granville Island Brewing prize package valued at $600. And if you don’t win, don’t worry, you’ll still walk away with a ribbon. Follow @granvillebeer to see where the taproom is heading next!