We have a fun mix of features this month, but first, a reminder to be extra careful around B.C. in what is another devastating season for wildfires in the province. Cooling off remains a priority, and we introduce a bit of a hidden gem – Hayward Lake – as an option for those in Greater Vancouver. Also this month, we have breaking news around plans to keep rates affordable – the purchase of the remaining two-third ownership of the Waneta Dam near Trail. We take a look at the PNE Prize Home, visit some fun urban spaces in Vancouver, and we serve up two contests with great prizes: the Power Down Photo Contest and Team Power Smart's monthly contest, which is literally music to our ears.
Of all our recreation sites, Buntzen Lake is the big draw for a cool dip on a hot summer day. But there's a less crowded option near Vancouver. Swim, hike, or fish – then visit a monastery in Mission – on a trip to Hayward Lake.