Why winter is the perfect time to visit beautiful Vancouver

10 September 2019

With a breath-taking backdrop of snow-capped peaks, lush forests and the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, wintertime in Vancouver offers plenty for all types of traveller to enjoy.

The mild winter climate lets you sail in the morning, cycle the seawall after lunch, ski or board the local peaks at dusk, then come down to dine and dance the night away in one of the city’s hippest nightlife districts. 

What to do in the mild Vancouver winter

Here are just a few activities that you can get up to during the wintertime in Vancouver:

Head to the fantastic food and wine events

The winter months see Vancouver playing host to some of the city’s most popular events and festivals. Food and wine events such as the Vancouver International Wine Festival and the signature Dine Out Vancouver Festival, with its action-packed schedule of delicious events including a variety of fixed-price menus, guided dining tours, cocktail masterclasses and wine brunches, are certain to impress foodies.

Visit the Christmas Market

If you’re in Vancouver during December, don’t miss the annual outdoor Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza on the city’s waterfront. This signature yuletide celebration includes Lover’s Lane, a 30-foot-long tunnel illuminated by the glow of 10,000 twinkling lights, live seasonal entertainment performed on the Christmas Pyramid’s Flying Stage and over 80 stalls offering culinary treats and gorgeous crafts.

Marvel at the winter lights

Take an outdoor stroll and see some of Vancouver’s fabulous winter light displays. Make sure to check out VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights and the Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, both of which make for a breath-taking winter evening.

Discover the iconic sights

Much is made of Vancouver’s beauty, but this stunning place is about much more than just the photo-op - it’s all about the lifestyle. Here, the snow stays up on the mountains and mild daytime temperatures in the city mean that visiting iconic spots such as Stanley Park, strolling colourful local neighbourhoods and even cycling the seawall are all still possible during winter. Walking around this welcoming and friendly city is easy as there is rarely any ice and snow, and there are a multitude of guided tours available, which will give you a greater understanding of Vancouver whilst taking in some of this gorgeous city’s most iconic attractions. 

The ideal place to begin or end your ski break

As one of the world’s premiere city destinations, a pre or post stay in Vancouver also offers a great complement to time spent at one of British Columbia’s world-famous ski resorts.

Vancouver also has its own fantastic facilities for a great time in the snow, with both nearby Grouse and Cypress Mountains offering cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing and snowshoeing.

From the soaring mountain peaks to the sparkling oceanfront, Vancouver offers terrific value during the wintertime, effortlessly combining the excitement of a modern city along with true access to the great outdoors.


To book your wonderful winter escape in beautiful Vancouver, contact your local Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits such as full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and even after your trip. 

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