Visit Vancouver in the wintertime

14 November 2019

With a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, lush forests and the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, together with a world-renowned ski resort just down the road, a Vancouver winter offers plenty for all types of traveller to enjoy.

Wintertime in Vancouver is mild and moderate, rather than cold and unforgiving, truly making it an incredible year-round destination. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy a pre or post ski break.

Here are just a few things that you can get up to during a winter visit to vibrant Vancouver.

Fabulous festivals and exciting events

The winter months see Vancouver playing host to a wealth of cultural festivals across the city. 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 guided dining tours, cocktail masterclasses and wine brunches, are certain to impress foodies.

There’s also the annual outdoor Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza on Vancouver’s waterfront in December. This signature yuletide celebrations include 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 beautiful crafts.

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, which make for a breath-taking winter evening.

Hit the slopes

Vancouver may be just a short ride from the famous Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, but there’s also skiing and snowboarding on the local mountains. Vancouver’s Cypress and Grouse mountains are visible from just about anywhere downtown, and skiers and non-skiers alike will love the quick commute of just 20 minutes.

Grouse Mountain is the closest and it presents a myriad of options for all of the family, including downhill skiing and boarding, snowshoeing tours, magic carpet rides, ziplining over alpine forests and skating on an outdoor rink.

Cypress Mountain offers snow-tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails that lead you to a historic rustic lodge in the woods - perfect for a warming cocoa mid-trek. For a truly unique alpine experience, why not try night skiing with a spectacular view of the sparkling lights of downtown Vancouver below you? All of this and you’re still just a short transfer from your city hotel.

Explore the iconic sights

Vancouver’s mild daytime winter temperatures mean that visiting iconic spots such as Stanley Park, strolling colourful local neighbourhoods and even cycling the seawall are all still possible during the wintertime.

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 its most iconic sites.

Explore the city's indigenous history on an interpretive tour or a visit to the breath-taking Museum of Anthropology, sample the city’s acclaimed culinary scene on a Vancouver foodie or brewery tour or enjoy a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, where you’ll have the chance to see penguins, dolphins and over 70,000 of the aquarium’s other residents. Whatever the season, Vancouver is home to a phenomenal amount of year-round attractions, with something for all types of traveller to enjoy.



If you would like to book your winter adventure in Vancouver, contact your local Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits such as a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and even after your trip. 

Share this:

Travel Counsellors help thousands of people create personal travel experiences they’ll never forget. Start your journey today.
Find your Travel Counsellor
Back To Top