Got Snow? Cypress Opens Friday!

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Dust off those boards, tweak those bindings and dig out your long undies because it is snowing in the mountains! Like most winter enthusiasts, this is the time of year I longingly watch our magnificent Lions for that first dusting of white. With bated breath, I diligently monitor temperature and precipitation predictions. Anticipation builds! While commuters curse, I gleefully thank Mother Nature for the early season storms and unexpected blast of winter. I visualize fresh tracks and apres ski! Well, Vancouverites, the wait is over. It is official; Cypress Mountain kicks off the season this Friday, November 10th.

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Got Snow? Cypress Opens Friday!

Snowshoes, Sunsets and the Grind

 

Scenic views from the Snowshoe Grind Photo: D Coo Badger Photography

Missing your fitness fix on the Grouse Grind?  Resolved to up your fitness level in 2017? With epic snow on our North Shore Mountains if you have not yet traded your hiking boots for snowshoes, now might be the time to challenge the Snowshoe Grind!

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Snowshoes, Sunsets and the Grind

The Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Celebrates the Shortest Day of the Year

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The winter solstice officially marks the longest night of the year in Canada, and is known as the official start of the winter season. But, since it already seems like we’ve been in the winter season for quite awhile in Vancouver – let’s just say it’s the start of the official countdown back to summer!

This year, winter solstice is being held on Wednesday, December 21 and to mark the longest and darkest night of the year, Vancouver will be hosting a party. You are invited to light up the night on Wednesday with the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, taking place in three neighbourhoods across the city for the 23rd year.

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The Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Celebrates the Shortest Day of the Year

Experience VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Experience VanDusen Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Botanical Garden open from December 1 to January 2. This year we’ve expanded the show and all tickets include a free ride on our new carousel! Stroll with friends and family through interactive themed areas, enjoy the famous Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, look for roving Scandinavian gnomes and reindeer in the garden, light a candle at the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, take a photo with Santa, enjoy tasty treats and much more!

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Experience VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

#WinterLove – 10 Reasons to Join Vancouver’s Snow Watch

Photo: Grouse Mountain

Photo: Courtesy Grouse Mountain

Do you find yourself gazing longingly at the North Shore Mountains looking for that first dusting of snow? With temperatures dropping and heavy rain in the forecast it is that time of year when the annual snow watch begins. With each flake of snow we inch closer and closer to hitting the slopes. How incredible to live in a city where you can cycle, paddle and snowboard all in the same day!

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#WinterLove – 10 Reasons to Join Vancouver’s Snow Watch

No Snow, No Problem: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Vancouver Mountains, Without Snow

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Take one glance at Vancouver’s North Shore mountains and you’ll probably notice something amiss: snow.  By mid December, the mountains are usually blanketed in white, fluffy snow and full of skiers and snowboarders swooshing down the slopes. This year, however, is a different story.

Never fear.  Not only are two of Vancouver’s three ski resorts actually open for business, but there are plenty of other ways to experience the mountains.  Here are 5 ways to enjoy the Vancouver mountains, with or without the white stuff:

Take a winter hike: Cypress and Seymour Mountains both boast great winter hiking along a network of trails.  Normally, snowshoes would be required but dry conditions this year mean you may be OK with a good set of hiking boots and some crampons if conditions are icy.  Popular, intermediate-level trails include Dog Mountain on Mount Seymour and Cabin Lake on Cypress Mountain. Both of these hikes can be completed in a few hours and offer fantastic views. (Be aware that all winter hiking is challenging and extra precautions are required.) Free Continue reading:
No Snow, No Problem: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Vancouver Mountains, Without Snow

Where to Find the Best Winter Farmers Markets in Vancouver

Photo credit: Rex Turgano | Flickr

Photo credit: Rex Turgano | Flickr

By about this time, Vancouver farmers market fans are beginning to suffer some serious withdrawal. Most of the markets shut down earlier this month, depriving Vancouverites of their weekly fix of farm-fresh local fruits, veggies, eggs, meat and more.

But despair not: Not one but two winter farmers markets are operating in the city this year, offering up locavore delights during the cold and rainy months ahead.  Continue reading:
Where to Find the Best Winter Farmers Markets in Vancouver