Take out the sandals, dig out the swimsuits, and start searching for the nearest swimmable water -- summer has arrived in both date and weather at The Huffington Post Canada and we can't wait to celebrate.
In the all-too-short summer that graces Canada, time runs out so very quickly, and the plans that we make at the beginning of the season disappear before we can say "mojito, please." So start this summer solstice off right with a reminder why we love the warm months.
We're asking you, dear reader, to tell us how you enjoy the hot months. Do you escape the concrete and the chaos for the calm of the cottage? Picnics in the park? Pints on a patio? Share it with us on Twitter with the hashtag:
Do you have a photo of your favourite summer ritual? Or a memory of an amazing day one July years ago? Add them below, send them along in the comments or post them on Facebook and join us in celebrating this fleeting season of fun in the sun.
Pakistani youths cool off in a polluted canal during a hot day in Rawalpindi May 11, 2012. Heat-wave conditions in Pakistan brought a high of 41 degrees celsius in some parts of the country. FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/GettyImages
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A woman wearing a bikini jumps in the Danube river, in Vienna during a hot sunny day on June 19, 2012. ALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/GettyImages
A squirrel runs past Londoners enjoying the warm weather in Saint James Park in central London on May 29, 2012. MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages
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A man submerges himself in water to cool off on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)
A woman cools down in the water sprinklers at Dundas Square in Toronto on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Environment Canada has issues a heat alert for the next few day in Southern Ontario and Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
US President Barack Obama dabs perspiration from his brow on a hot day, before placing a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for ceremonies to commemorate the Vietnam War's 50th anniversary on Memorial Day May 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Memorial Day is observed in remembrance for those died while serving in the US military. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages
A Bengal tiger is hosed by a spray of water from a zookeeper on a hot summer day at the Birsa Munda Zoological Park in Ranchi on May 30, 2012. Zoo authorities are helping the animals cope with temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius by providing coolers, special roofs and regular hose-downs. STRDEL/AFP/GettyImages
An Indian boy bathes under a water pipe in a canal to cool off on a hot day in Allahabad on May 17, 2012. Temperatures soared in Allahabad to a maximum temperature of 45.5 Celsius (114 Fahrenheit). STRDEL/AFP/GettyImages
An Indian youth swims in the Dhansari river as she cools off during a hot summer day in Dimapur, India's northeastern state of Nagaland, on May 19, 2012. Many parts of India are experiencing a heat wave as temperatures rise with the onset of summer. STRDEL/AFP/GettyImages
An Indian mahout bathes his elephant on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, Monday, June 18, 2012. Northern India has been sweltering under extreme heat as maximum temperatures hovered around 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
An elephant sprays water on itself on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, Monday, June 18, 2012. Northern India has been sweltering under extreme heat as maximum temperatures hovered around 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Boys cool off in a fountain outside the Donbass Arena stadium, in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday, June 14, 2012. Hot weather has set in with temperatures rising up to 31 Celsius (89 Fahrenheit) in Donetsk on the eve of the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group D match between France and Ukraine in Donetsk. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A dog wears sunglasses on a hot spring day in Madrid, on June 6, 2012. DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/GettyImages
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A rhesus macaque eats watermelon, provided by zookeepers to help the monkeys deal with hot summer temperatures, at the Kamla Nehru Zoological Gardens in Ahmedabad on May 18, 2012. The rhesus monkey (macaca mulatta) is native to northern India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, Thailand, Afghanistan and southern China. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY
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People cool down in the water sprinklers at Dundas Square as they take in the extreme heat in Toronto on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Environment Canada has issues a heat alert for the next few day in Southern Ontario and Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette