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The Best of Winter in Vancouver

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Just because the days are short—and, let's face it, probably gray and rainy—doesn't mean that Vancouver isn't still a fun city to visit in the winter. The holiday season is packed with exciting events, and January and February are a time to indulge with Dine Out and the Vancouver Hot Chocolate festival. From skiing and boarding the nearby city mountains to skating in the heart of the downtown core, we've got winter wrapped up.
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6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada
Part of the North Shore mountain range, this 4,039-foot peak offers jaw-dropping views of the city. It’s busiest in the winter, when four chairlifts service 33 ski runs, but remains popular in the summer thanks to the steep, 1.8-mile Grouse...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...
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750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
One of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions is the annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade which takes place at the start of December and kicks off the Christmas season with a bang. It gets very crowded: some 300,000 people come to watch the...
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
You have to find ways to keep cheery in the long, grey Pacific Northwest winters and as we all know, few things make us happier than chocolate. So, hurrah for the annual Hot Chocolate Festival which rolls into town mid-January for a month across...
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800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7, Canada
Open mid-November through the end of February, the Robson Square Ice Rink gives both residents and visitors an opportunity to skate for free in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Skate and helmet rentals and a concession stand are available on site....
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Canada’s largest dining festival takes place across Vancouver over 17 delicious days in January. Hundreds of restaurants across the city offer three (or more) course prix-fixe menus at $20, $30 or $40 per person, giving diners the chance to get...
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Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC V6C 3C1, Canada
I’ve done this twice and it was one of the most fantastic ways to start the year! Hundreds of people gather every New Year’s Day on English Bay to watch crazy/brave souls take a Polar Bear Dip into the freezing cold water. It’s a lot of fun and,...