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How to have fun in the sun on a budget

It’s no surprise that as Canadians we make the most of our summer months, but often that comes with a cost. Whether it’s spending time on patios and at local beaches, signing up for sports and other outdoor activities, or booking a family vacation, on average Canadians spend $1,700 on summer events.1

Want to enjoy the warm weather without burning a hole in your wallet? Here are some fun (and cheap) ways to spend time enjoying the weather all season long.

1. Visit a national park

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Parks Canada is offering Canadians free admission to all Parks Canada locations from coast to coast. If you haven’t visited a national park before, this is the year to pack up the car and take the family on a new adventure.

2. Plan a day trip

Instead of going on an expensive trip abroad, plan a day trip to a nearby town and explore your new surroundings. You might be surprised to find out how much history there is right in your own backyard. Check out the Government of Canada’s top ten hidden gems to get you started.

3. Make arts and crafts

Looking for DIY projects to do with your family? Pinterest is the perfect app to find arts and crafts ideas, like easy to make bird houses, lava lamps and kaleidoscopes. Once you’ve nailed down a few fun projects, head over to your local dollar store to pick up the supplies.

Riding a bike or rollerblading with friends and family is a great way to spend time together and stay active."

4. Get outside and stay active

Riding a bike or rollerblading with friends and family is a great way to spend time together and stay active. Stay around the neighbourhood or find a scenic bike route or trail to explore. Remember to put on your helmet and apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before your workout.

5. Attend a local festival

Summer is full of outdoor festivals. From musical performances to cultural and food celebrations, there are tons of amazing Canadian festivals and events for the whole family.

Check out Expedia’s list of 17 must-experience festivals in Canada in 2017.

6. Cool down at a splash pad

When it’s hot outside, community splash pads and water play parks are the perfect place to cool down. Splash pads are fun for the kids and free to the public. Need to cool down yourself? You don’t have to go to the expense of building your own pool to find relief from the heat; enjoy a swim at one of your community indoor or outdoor pools instead and save your monthly budget.

7. Go to a drive-in theatre

Watch a movie under the stars. Drive-in theatres offer a unique experience compared to indoor theatres; you can pack up some snacks, bring the dog along and relax from the comfort of your car. Plus, drive-ins generally show at least two movies for the same price as one at an indoor movie theatre.

Now that you have some ideas of fun and cheap things to do this summer, use the extra money you’ll save for emergencies or put it towards your financial goals. Check out our article on how to build a household budget that works for you.

This article is for informational purposes only. For personalized financial advice, you should contact a qualified financial advisor.

1"Who spends most on summer fun? Not who you think.” The Weather Network. 1 July 2015. Web.

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