How to Make the Most of the End of Summer

Summer, like all good things, must come to an end. Here are a few ways to make the most of the season’s final days.

Summer Nights

This upcoming date night, get thee to a patio. (We recommend a rooftop one.) Before temperatures drop too steeply, enjoy what’s left of summer evenings outside. Some restaurants have heaters on their patios, helping to stretch patio season farther into the fall.

Catch one of the final performances of Shakespeare In the Park. Find a public space that’s screening free movies outdoors after dark. Avoid indoor dating for as long as possible.

Summer Mornings

Soon we’ll be waking up in the dark. Before that day comes, plan a morning date or two. Go out for breakfast shortly after the sun rises. Grab a coffee and croissant and start your day together in a park. Live near a beach? Go for an early morning stroll by the water.

Summer Weekends

Treat every weekend like an opportunity for a mini vacation and get out of town. Head to a friend’s cottage or pack your tent and go camping. Welcome autumn with campfires, s’mores and cozy sweaters.

Summer Staples

Don’t head inside just yet. Stretch out the season and go fishing or canoeing. Pack a picnic. Dip your toes in the lake. Go for a hike or bike ride. Embrace the not-too-hot (and not-too-cold) temperatures while you can and squeeze in the summer activities you love most.

Summer Vacation

In honour of all the kids heading back to school, treat the remaining summer days as kids should: go to the zoo, the fall fair, a waterpark, or go-kart track.

Summer Foods

It’s always barbecue season in Canada, so we’re not going to tell you to keep cooking outdoors. You should, however, squeeze in a few of your favourite summer meals or ingredients before the winter carb-cravings kick in. Snack on fresh berries, share your famous fish tacos with friends, and whip up a Key Lime pie or ice cream cake for dessert. String up some twinkle lights and host a dinner party in your backyard until long after dark.

What are your favorite ways to end summer? Share them here!