Vancouver is world famous for its winter activities which include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, tubing and more.
The 2010 Winter Olympics weren’t in this city for nothing!
Vancouver Winter Things to Do
Outdoor winter sport activities usually start around early December and go until April. The snow is typically best from late December until early February, but the spring skiing weather can be fantastic (but warm and on the slushy side).
Lower Mainland Ski Hills
Vancouver is famous for its world-class ski hills which include Grouse Mountain, Cypress, Mount Seymour and (further afield) Whistler-Blackcomb. The first three are smaller, but located on the North Shore just minutes from downtown Vancouver. Whistler-Blackcomb is close to a two-hour drive away, but it’s also one of the best ski resorts in the world, so definitely worth the trip.
Click Lower Mainland’s Ski Hills for general information on the area’s various mountains (including a comparison of the different locations).
Christmas Activities in Vancouver
There is always lots to do in Vancouver around Christmas time. Here are some of the highlights:
- Christmas Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
- Bright Nights at Stanley Park showcases an amazing display of Christmas lights put on annually as a fundraiser for the Burn Fund by the Vancouver Firefighters. Admission is by donation and it’s absolutely worth a visit.
- Christmas Lights at VanDusen Garden.
- Sleigh rides, gingerbread houses, skiing and skating at Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas.
- Enjoy mulled wine while shopping at the Vancouver Christmas Market (from late November until the end of December).
- Visit Burnaby Village Museum and enjoy their Heritage Christmas decorations (all of December).
Vancouver in Sun and Snow
It doesn’t snow very often at lower elevations in Vancouver, and in winter there isn’t always a lot of sun. When there’s sun in the sky and snow on the ground, however, the region becomes especially magical, as evident in the video below.