Posted on January 11, 2016

Ten things to do in Vancouver this winter

Unlike most places in Canada, the mild winter temperatures on BC’s South Coast provide an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. There’s also plenty to do indoors. We’ve compiled a list of activities to help you make the most of the season!

VanDusen’s Festival of Lights
The lights don’t go off at VanDusen Garden until January 17, so there’s still time to enjoy the spectacular display. There are over one million lights decorating the garden. Don’t forget to stroll through the Dancing Lights show or check out the shadow puppet show!

Skating at Robson Square
Open until the end of February, the Robson ice rink is the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air. Admission is free if you have your own skates. You can also rent skates for four dollars. The rink is open Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 9pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9am to 11pm.

Snowshoe on Cypress Mountain
Cypress Mountain offers 10km of snowshoe trails running through its meadows and forests. Guided tours through Hollyburn Meadows run Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and 4pm with custom dates and times available for groups of eight or more. Experience the beautiful views of downtown Vancouver and English Bay from the mountain top and stop at the Hollyburn Lodge for some hot chocolate and fondue!

Dine Out Vancouver
Running from January 15 to 31, Dine out Vancouver is a popular food and drink festival. In addition to offering great deals at restaurants, the festival includes many special events, from a brunch crawl to a Bhangra celebration to a cocktail-making class.

Tour a brewery
Book a tour with Vancouver Brewery Tours and experience some of the best craft beer in the city! Tickets are $85 and tours meet at Waterfront Station and travel to three breweries. Enjoy the VIP behind-the-scenes experience, learn how beer is made and enjoy the samples!

Lunar New Year
Check out LunarFest from January 28 to February 14 at Oakridge Mall. This year, watch Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe, have your fortune told and make your own fortune cookies! Admission to the festival is free.

Go for a run
Even in the winter, Vancouver’s trails and seawall are full of runners. Why not form a new exercise habit this winter? There are plenty of running groups if you’d prefer to have company. If you need motivation, sign up for an upcoming race!

Snow Limo
Billed as the best and only way for non-skiers to glide down the slopes, the snow limo is the perfect activity for those who want to see the mountain without the physical strain and effort. Ride on the sled-like “limo” while a chauffeur takes you down the mountain. Tours range from $59 for a basic tour to $299 for a romantic getaway. This is a particularly great winter activity for anyone older or physically impaired.

The Museum of Vancouver

Learn about “the city before the city” with the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibitions. You can also take part in a debate or watch a speaker series. Admission for adults is $15.

Sip afternoon tea
Vancouver has plenty of places to escape the rain for afternoon tea. Choose between an English or a Japanese service at the Sutton Place Hotel, or make it a family affair at Secret Garden Tea Company in Kerrisdale.

Don't let this winter pass you by without enjoying the wide array of activities Vancouver has to offer!