BC day is coming up and Mission is jam-packed with tons of activities to see and do for the August long weekend! Whether you want to take a day trip and soak up the sun or book a room and explore everything Mission has to offer, this weekend guide is for you.
1. Check Out Cascade Falls
Make sure you don't miss this incredible 30m drop waterfall! Surrounded by forestry and complete with a free suspension bridge that stretches over Cascade Creek, the falls is a must-see for locals and visitors alike.
2. Catch the West Coast Express for the Celebration of Light
Translink is running a special West Coast Express train on July 30th for the Celebration of Light firework show in Vancouver. You can catch the train from Mission City Station at 7pm and arrive to Waterfront at 8:15pm. Once you're finished watching the show you can take the train back to Mission City Station! The West Coast Express will begin boarding from Waterfront at 11pm and is departing at midnight.
3. Take a Dip
Hayward Lake is a popular choice for swimming here in Mission, however, did you know Mission has 12 different lakes to choose from? So if you are looking for a new place to take that iconic summer swim, make sure to check out some of the other lakes Mission has to offer!
Note: While the summer temperatures are quite hot, the lakes tend to stay pretty cold throughout the season. Even in the heat, cold-water immersion can be dangerous. Prepare accordingly and check out our blog on summer heat/water safety tips.
4. Wander Around the Mission City Farmers Market
Shop local and score some fresh finds at the Mission City Farmers Market! The market is on from May-mid October, every Saturday from 9am-1pm on Welton Street.
5. Catch a Film at the Silvercity Mission Cinemas
Sit back, relax and catch a film in the fully air conditioned Silvercity Mission Cinemas. Whether you want a break from the heat or are craving some freshly popped movie theatre popcorn, the cinema is the perfect place to enjoy some entertainment this long weekend.
6. Watch the Action at The Mission Raceway Park
Experience the thrill of Mission Raceway Park, one of the fastest drag strips in all of Western Canada. This August long weekend you can catch the Loafers Old Time Drags, going on from July 29th-31st.
7. Go for a Hike
Similar to our incredible amount of lakes, Mission has no shortage of hiking trails to explore this weekend! Immerse yourself into lush forestry trails and enjoy the fresh air.
Check out our full Parks and Trails guide map here.
8. Take a Trip Downtown
Grab some lunch and shop around at the variety of stores, cafes and restaurants historic Downtown Mission has to offer.
9. Grab a Sweet, Ice Cold Treat
If you're looking for a sweet treat to beat the heat, Mission has lots to choose from. Grab an ice cream cone downtown from the Candy Shack or at Fraser River Heritage Park from the Blackberry Kitchen Canteen. Or, if sipping on shakes is more your thing, stop in at Rocko's 24 Hour Diner and choose a milkshake from their list of 40 different flavours!
10. Need a place to stay?
Looking to stay for the whole August long weekend? Grab a room for the night at The Best Western Plus Mission City Lodge and take advantage of all the activities Mission has to offer! While you're here, be sure to check out Scratch Restaurant, where you can whine down from an evening of fun with some good views, and food.