6 Must Try Wintertime Activities in Vancouver

Yes, we miss living at the beach and working on our tan, too.

But that doesn’t mean winter in Vancouver can’t be equally as awesome. You just have to know what to do.

Don’t believe us? Check out our list of must-try winter activities and we think you’ll change your mind faster than a run at the snow tube park…

Van Dusen Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights
Always a popular destination, this year a voice-activated interactive installation called Voicebergs allows you to create your own light show. Using your voice, the floating icebergs will light up on Livingstone Lake.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights
For some reason, this year the crystal-lit bridge seems prettier than ever. Many only think to head here in the summer months, but they’re missing out. A crisp night at Canyon Lights is the perfect wintertime experience – complete with a bevy of Instagram worthy shots that will earn plenty of envious double-taps.

Fairmont Empress Ice Rink
With cute shops and eateries like Vancouver’s Meat and Bread opening in the island town, Victoria is only becoming cooler. If you want to hop on a ferry and venture outside of the city, also make a stop at the Fairmont Empress’s new skating rink. The ceiling is lined with twinkling lights that offer an almost wedding-like magical look.

Robson Square Ice Rink
In the heart of the city’s core, the Robson Square Ice Rink is the perfect place for a few twirls in between shopping, an after-work Christmas gathering with friends, or for a holiday date idea with your bf/gf. Hot chocolate is also mandatory.

Scandinave Spa
If Whistler is included in your wintertime plans, Scandinave is unlike any other spa in or around Vancouver. Plan a whole day here and take in the baths surrounded by the scenery of beautiful BC. Head down for a day full of dips or fall asleep in the hammocks – whatever relaxation is your kind of heaven.

Cypress Mountain Snowshoe Trail or Snow Tube Park
Snowmobiling sound a little scary? Don’t want to spend a whole day on the hills? No problem, just hit up the 11km trail for fresh air and exercise instead. If the working out part doesn’t excite you, the snow tubing option certainly will. Gnarly’s Tube Park is just $18, tube rentals and happiness included.


Cover image from: Van Dusen Botanical Gardens

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