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Vancouver’s Best Winter Activities

Christmas Market and North Shore Views

Vancouver is world famous for its winter activities like skiing and other snow sports. The city also has amazing Christmas holiday attractions.

Outdoor winter sport activities 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).

Good indoor winter activities include ice skating at various rec centres around the region, staying indoors somewhere if it’s raining, and checking out a hockey game in the evenings.

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Lower Mainland Ski Hills

Vancouver is famous for its world-class ski hills which include Grouse Mountain, CypressMount Seymour, Sasquatch Mountain 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).

To learn about snowshoeing opportunities, see the above articles about individual ski hills, or check out the following two articles:

Sasquatch Mountain Resort
Sasquatch Mountain in the Hemlock Valley

Christmas Activities in Vancouver

There is always a lot to do in Vancouver around Christmas time. Here are some of the highlights:

For more great things to do during the Christmas season, check out December’s Calendar of Events or Vancouver’s Best Christmas Activities.

Bright Nights Christmas Illuminations
Bright Nights at Stanley Park

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.