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

Local winter ales new and old

Photo: Granville Island Brewing.

Photo: Granville Island Brewing.

The winter months mean winter ales, and Vancouver craft breweries are quenching the thirsts of seasonal drinkers. This year, local brewers are bringing back some past favourites and introducing some new ones. Here are a few of the winter ales you can find on store shelves and at many local pubs and restaurants.

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Local winter ales new and old

Featured Attraction of the Week: Grouse Mountain Resort – The Peak of Christmas (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: Grouse Mountain

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

The Peak of Christmas returns to Grouse Mountain November 24th.
The Peak of Christmas is the ultimate celebration of the holiday season. This annual tradition is fun for all ages – and is sure to bring out the holiday spirit in your brood. From sleigh rides to mountaintop skating to visits with Santa to cozy Christmas movies in the Chalet, winter magic awaits you atop Grouse Mountain. And reindeer? Yes, real reindeer – with lots of reindeer games including antler making, a dramatic sketch, a tattoo station, photo opportunities and more!
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Featured Attraction of the Week: Grouse Mountain Resort – The Peak of Christmas (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Winter Hiking on Vancouver’s Mt. Seymour

Vancouver tends to get much more rain than snow during the winter.  But, as any outdoor lover can tell you, you don’t need to travel far from the city to experience a real blast of winter.

The North Shore mountains, as close as 20 minutes by car from downtown, are often meters-deep in snow throughout the winter months.  With plenty of icy lakes, frosted pines and firs and mounds of deep, fluffy snow, they offer a winter wonderland right at the city’s doorstep.

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Winter Hiking on Vancouver’s Mt. Seymour

Ahhhhh…winter in Vancouver. Not.

Cherry blossoms on Howe Street, Vancouver

In the picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words department, check out this pic I took yesterday on Howe Street near the Vancouver Art Gallery

Yup: those would be cherry blossoms.

In full bloom.

In Feburary .

It’s tough living here, but somebody has to do it…

Celebrating the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival December 21, 2009

The Vancouver Morris Men greet the Winter Solstice processions on Granville Island.

Every year, around December 21, is the Winter Solstice, the day the earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun, making it—for those of us in the north—the shortest day of the year.

Even before there was a Christmas, people around the world celebrated the Winter Solstice, making it one of the oldest winter holiday traditions.

On December 21, 2009, you can continue that tradition at the annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, organized by the Secret Lantern Society. Through brilliant uses of fire and light, the Lantern Festival celebrates not the solstice itself, but the return of light after the longest night of the year.

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Celebrating the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival December 21, 2009