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Sunrise to Sunset, the Longest Day is Meant for Play

This year, summer solstice (June 21st) falls on a Saturday, allowing plenty of time to be outside and active. If you happen to live in the Vancouver area, the sun officially rises at 5:07 AM and sets at 9:22 PM, this gives you 16 hours 15 minutes and 1 second of sunshine! Find out how much sunlight your town will have on longest day of play here!!Facts aside, the longest day of the year is a call to action for every one of every age to get outdoors and play. Here are a few ways to get outside, be active, and take advantage of this special day and any every other day this summer, for that matter!!

  • Get your day off to an energizing start by getting up and out early. This might be the perfect day to play a round of golf! Weekends are usually pretty busy, so consider a quiet morning walk before the family rises and the day fills up with other activities.
  • Being a teen is all about socializing with friends. With the additional daylight, let’s encourage them through some great team activities like pick-up basketball or soccer (World Cup!) If you’re new to a community check out the local recreation centre for a schedule of drop-in activities.
  • Summer solstice is a fantastic opportunity for family adventures. Canoeing (check out CanoeKayakBC’s safety tips) can be enjoyed by most and allows exploration of nearby lakes and rivers. A trip to a local park can be low-key and inexpensive, yet quite enjoyable. Along with your safety vests, pack a Frisbee, a skipping rope, a soccer ball (did I mention World Cup) and of course a picnic!
  • Children love active play and given this unique day of extended sunlight, why not include them in the celebrations and let them stay up a little later to enjoy evening activities with the grownups. Think playing catch, a stroll in the park, or a bike ride around the neighbourhood.
  • The longest day of the year isn’t only for kids…Older adults can take advantage of the extra daylight too. A sunset stroll or bike ride after dinner is a great way to wrap up the day.

PAL pro tip: Although all those extra minute of outdoor play in the sunshine helps our body make vitamin D, too much can lead to a sun burn - Learn all about sun safety on HealthLinkBC.

Use the hashtag #longestdayofplay and share your stories and pictures with us on Facebook or Twitter. Let’s inspire all British Columbians to get outside and take advantage of the extra daylight on the Longest Day of Play!


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