Go Green in Vancouver this Holiday Season

Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver

Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge | Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Rishad Daroowala

It’s easy to be green in Vancouver over the holidays—and all year round. Here are some ways to do your part for sustainability in the city this festive season.

Translink reindeer bus

Transit goers might see the infamous and beloved reindeer bus on their way to see the lights. | Photo via CTV news

Take transit to see the lights

Here’s the thing: Parking is never easy or plentiful at busy events. It’s not worth the frustration or cost—so taking transit to a festive event is the most efficient and eco-friendly way to get around. Our buses are hybrid diesel-electric and our metro system has been helping everyone do their part for the environment since Expo ’86.

Bonus: You might get to see the reindeer bus collecting toys for the annual Toys for Tots.

Lights at Lafarge (Now through Jan. 19, 2020) – Ride the SkyTrain to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station for easy access to Town Centre Park.

Canyon Lights (Now through Jan. 26, 2020) – From Downtown Vancouver, ride the SeaBus to Lonsdale Quay, then take the #236 bus to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (about a 15-minute ride). Coming from Phibbs Exchange, take bus #232. The #246 bus from downtown Vancouver stops at Granville SkyTrain, Burrard SkyTrain, and various bus stops on W Georgia Street.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens (Now through Dec. 24) – Take the Canada Line to Broadway-City Hall station and catch the #17 Oak to Oak and W. 37 Ave.

Bright Nights Christmas Train at Stanley Park (Now through Jan. 1, 2010) – Take the #19 from Downtown to the Stanley Park Loop.

Glow Gardens (Now through Jan. 5, 2020) – Take the SkyTrain to Stadium-Chinatown station.

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Get your step on

I’ll keep this short and sweet. If you can swing it, walk to your destination.

Bring your own cup

Many of the holiday lights events around the Metro Vancouver area feature food trucks and vendors serving festive hot beverages. Do your part for Mother Nature and bring your own reusable go-cup or bottle to savour your hot chocolate from.  And if you forgot yours at home, pop in to Pacific Centre, London Drugs or Winners to pick one up.

Stay at a green hotel

Make a weekend of it with a reservation at the Listel Hotel or any of the other Green Key certified hotels in Vancouver. Hotels who receive Green Key certification are walking their eco-friendly talk.

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