Summer offers seniors the perfect opportunity to embrace the great outdoors and soak up the warmth and beauty of nature. With longer days, pleasant weather, and a multitude of engaging activities available, it’s a season that beckons seniors to explore, relax, and enjoy time outside.

We’ve compiled a list of 5 fun summer activities for seniors. From serene nature walks to outdoor movies and art workshops, there is something in here for everyone. 

While summer is a fantastic time for seniors to enjoy the outdoors, it’s important to take certain precautions to ensure their safety and well-being. The combination of heat, sun exposure, and increased physical activity can present unique challenges. In this blog, we’ll cover the 5 best summer activities for seniors and touch on some simple precautions you can take to help prevent health issues from arising.

#1: Nature Walks

Exploring local parks and nature trails, or even taking short hikes allows seniors to enjoy the beauty of nature, get some exercise, and reap the health benefits of fresh air and sunlight. 

Vancouver is fortunate to have a plethora of nature trails available within close proximity to the urban center. Many of these trails are paved or have graded gravel, allowing them to accommodate mobility aids such as walkers. Furthermore, many of these trails are in the forest and under thick tree cover, preventing them from reaching high temperatures so seniors can enjoy them without having to worry too much about heat exhaustion.

Related: The Top 5 Walks for Seniors in Vancouver

#2: Gardening

Few things are as enjoyable as tending a full garden in the summer sun. Tending to a garden, whether it’s a backyard plot or garden box on a balcony or patio, can produce some delicious fruits and vegetables, especially in the summer months. 

In the summer, people typically plant tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and berries such as strawberries and raspberries. These plants enjoy the warm weather and will thrive in the sun. Check out this article for more info on the best vegetables to grow in the summer.

If you don’t have any garden space available to you, not to worry! Many communities have communal gardening spaces, particularly in Greater Vancouver. Check out your municipality’s website for more details on where to find these community gardens!

#3: Outdoor Movies

Reminiscent of the ‘ol days when drive-in theatres were all the rage, outdoor movies are still a thing, particularly in the summer. Outdoor movies are available across greater Vancouver, starting in June and running until early September. The best part? Most of them are free! Check out this article for the 2023 summer schedule.

#4: Enjoy a Scenic Park Picnic

Picnics are one of our favourite summer activities. How could it not be? Enjoying food while connecting with friends and family in a beautiful outdoor setting is truly sublime. Individually these are great activities, but together they make a truly special outing. 

Choosing a scenic location for a picnic adds to the charm of the experience. Parks, beaches, gardens, or even the backyard can serve as perfect settings. The lower mainland has some phenomenal picnic spots, so check out this list of the best picnic spots to find your next destination!

#5 Take an Art Class

Art classes offer a wonderful opportunity for seniors to explore their creativity. Seniors can learn fundamental techniques, experiment with different materials, and discover their own unique artistic style.

Art classes provide a supportive and encouraging environment where seniors can socialize with fellow participants who share similar interests. This social aspect allows for the exchange of ideas, inspiration, and camaraderie, fostering a sense of community and connection.

Many community centers, art studios, and senior centers offer art classes specifically tailored for seniors. These classes are designed to be inclusive and accommodate various skill levels, from beginners to those with more experience. These are the best art classes for seniors in Vancouver. 

Safety Precautions

The summer heat can be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. Always carry lots of water, and wear sunscreen and appropriate sun-blocking clothing when spending long periods outdoors. Take frequent breaks and sit in the shade to cool off frequently. This will help prevent heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. 

For more details on how to stay safe in the sun, check out our article on tips to prevent overheating

Happy summer!