How are you spending the last days of summer?

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Summer in the northern hemisphere is still going strong, but there’s no denying that the days are getting shorter, and September, with all its seasonal change, is just around the corner. Personally, I’m still throwing the over-eager “Back to School!” flyers into the recycling bin as soon as they arrive. Who wants to start thinking about the end of summer in the heat of August?

Our family is enjoying a lovely hot spell in Vancouver, and we’re spending as much time as we can “stay-cationing.” Vancouver is one of the best cities in the world to feel like you’re on vacation when in reality you’re only a short bus/skytrain/car ride from home. We’ve been hitting our favourite beaches, hiking the local mountains, picking blueberries and wild blackberries and hitting up summer festivals.

This weekend we’re headed a wee bit farther afield, to BC’s Sunshine Coast. Sounds like a perfect place to head when the forecast is for continuing dry, warm weather. A 40-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver takes us to Gibsons, the start of the Sunshine Coast. Drive off the ferry and a half-hour up highway 101 will see us arriving in beautiful Sechelt, an inviting town tucked into a strip of land between Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia. Sechelt is one of those quintessential West Coast communities that offer a quirky, laidback, artistic vibe, surrounded by the natural splendour of sparkling coastline, green mountains and lush old and second-growth forests.

We’ll be camping at Porpoise Bay, swimming and hiking as much as our children’s 4- and 6-year old legs can handle. People with more time (and fewer children!) on their hands have an incredible array of recreation choices, from world-class salmon fishing and golfing to sea-kayaking and mountain biking.

This is our family’s last summer “hurrah!” Once we return home I imagine I probably won’t be as quick to toss the “back to school” flyers – or at least I won’t cover my eyes while I’m doing it.

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