As much as I love Autumn for the changing leaves and the crisp air, Summer is just so lovely. Gardens really come to life in June, camping trips get planned, endless beach days and let’s not forget the longer days of sunlight.
If you know me personally, you’ll know how much I enjoy cheap or free adventures. Thought I would highlight some of my favourite things to do, and some places in the Valley I love to hang out at.
- Check out any local festivals going on – Night Markets, Beer Festivals and Music are all common events.
Abbotsford has a Beer Fest in August, Jamin Jubilee all summer long, Thursday and Saturday Farmers Markets and Mission has the Folk Festival.
- Animal Sanctuary’s – Check out your local area for what they have. I know we have a pig and goat one here. Usually entry by donation or free. Great for getting in some cuteness overload.
- Check out a new walking trail – lots of trails here. Discovery Trail being a well known one across Abbotsford. Chilliwack has trails along the Vedder River and Mission has a few along the Fraser River. All nice to do, especially with your furry friend.
- Beach and Picnic – maybe this is an obvious one, but there are always some hidden gems that aren’t too busy. Pack your picnic in reusables or if you do take garbage with you BRING IT HOME. Our oceans need all the love they can get.
- Head to the local eat and drink favourites – pick a few local favourites to check out (or repeat visit) and make it a weekly thing. Mission has the Penny which is an awesome coffee shop with community in mind. Abbotsford has Oldhand, Duft and Co, Cafe Amarti, Field House (Beer), and Polly Fox Bakery.
- Farmers Markets – they’re free if you don’t buy anything. Always great to support your local produce farmers and artisan bakers though. I definitely love them.
- Volunteer to pull weeds/ do some yard work. I always have loads of fun in the garden and since I only have a balcony for the time being, I am totally cool with volunteering my time to pull weeds for someone else.
- Stargaze – I know its totally cliche, but the warmer summer nights and usually clear skies make for good stargazing weather. I always love watching the meteor showers.
- Berry Picking – now this is totally free if you can find some wild bushes.. Blackberries are the easiest to find growing wild, but if you have a friend or family member who grow any other berries, they usually wouldn’t turn down some extra hands for picking and you take some surplus of berries in return. It is a never ending job after all.
- Pick up that new hobby you’ve been wanting to try. Canning fruit and jam is a great way to preserve the taste of summer, so why not give it a try if you never have before. Hiking is another good summer activity.
- Camping – maybe an obvious one, but summer is definitely the time to go camping, maybe at that new lake you discovered.
- Road trips – If you avoid all the annoying long weekend traffic, road trips can be pretty affordable. Short trips to the States are always fun, a weekend upto the interior or a couple days over to the next province or to the Island are always lovely.
- Wine Tasting – Your local winery would offer tastings usually for a small price or sometimes complimentary if you buy a bottle of wine on your visit.
- Learn to forage – maybe super out there, but I have always been fascinated by foraging for greens and things.
- Geocaching – if you haven’t tried it before, you’re missing out. It’s basically like hunting for treasure and they’re all around your local hangouts, just well hidden.
Any summer things you like to do that I missed? Make sure you leave a comment below.
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