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Sunny Spots In Vancouver

Well, it’s official. Vancouver has just smashed the 60-year-old record for the sunniest month as well as the driest month ever. It was warm and sunny every single day this July without even a hint of rain.

How about this sun!? This has been one of the most fantastic summers I can remember. Cloudless skies, the perfect 24 degrees every day, endless sunshine. Great!

One of the reasons housing prices have quadrupled in the last ten years is because of the amazing Vancouver summers, and one spectacular winter. It was an incredibly warm and balmy February in 2010. It was perfect timing, because the millions of visitors and billions of eyes on our city saw clear blue skies and California-style winters.

It fuelled a buying spree that has remained relatively strong. 

Simply put, there is no place better than Vancouver in the summertime.

Here are a few of the best places in the city to enjoy a cold drink on a sunny day.

Reflections is an open air patio at the top of the Georgia Hotel. Try their signature, award-winning fizzy drink and enjoy the sunshine. And if you have time to spare, the spa is also great!

Joe Fortes although not one of my favorites this place does offer a beautiful, sunny rooftop patio. There is no better place to enjoy raw oysters and wine on a clear afternoon.

The Art Gallery at Robson Square is actually home to one of the greatest hidden patios in the city, Vancouver Art Gallery Café. Kick back and enjoy a shandy in the sunshine after paying a visit to Emily.

Chill Winston is the undisputed king of Gastown patios. Sit on the elegant cobblestones and mix with the colourful characters milling through. There's no other outdoor venue that allows you to enjoy historic Vancouver like Winston's.

The Cambie is an old favourite. Thanks to the hostel, it has one of the best patios in town if you want to hear 30 different languages at once. The beer is cheap and the sun is free….although I have to admit, I have never had a drink there!

To get a little more upscale, try the Charles Bar next door. You'll pay a premium to avoid the traveller circuit, but the staff is interesting and the sunny patio is great! in the heart of Woodwards with the Metal W making for some good gentrification talk fodder.


If you needed one more reason to buy Vancouver real estate, just consider the joys of living downtown in the sun, and making the most of places like these every day.



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