Your Outdoors Bucket List for Winter 2022/23 in Vancouver

Sledding at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

Sledding at Grouse Mountain. Photo credit: Destination Vancouver/Rishad Daroowala

The first snows have hit the local mountains, which means winter is almost here. In Vancouver, that means lots of fun activities like skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and more. Here is what you should add to your outdoors bucket list for winter 2022/23.

 

Go Skiing or Snowboarding

There are six ski resorts near Vancouver. Stay local at North Shore Mountains: Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain, or Cypress Mountain. You can also drive north to the world-class terrain at Whistler Blackcomb. To the east, hit the slopes at family-friendly Sasquatch Mountain or Manning Park Resort. Our guide to skiing near Vancouver has all the info you need to plan a trip.

Snowboarder at Whistler Blackcomb

Snowboarding at Whistler. Photo: Destination BC/@miraecampbell

 

Enjoy Outdoor Holiday Lights

Family members of all ages will love the magic of twinkling Christmas lights. Take a stroll through a neighbourhood or head to one of the dazzling outdoor light displays around Vancouver.

Christmas lights at the Capilano Suspension bridge Canyon Lights event

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge

 

Go Sledding and Snow-Tubing

Vancouver’s climate is too warm to get much snow in the city, but our mountains get lots of the white stuff. Make sure you slide down the slopes at one of Vancouver’s snow tube parks this winter.

Family sledding at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver

Family sledding at Grouse Mountain. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Grouse Mountain

 

Take Your Dog on an Adventure

There are lots of dog-friendly adventure options in Vancouver, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and visiting dog parks. Check out our picks for the best dog-friendly winter adventures.

 

Ice Skate Outdoors

Feel the snowflakes land on your cheeks as you twirl around the ice at an outdoor rink this winter. Vancouver has a few different outdoor skating locations to choose from.

A group skating on a pond at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver at night

Ice skating at Grouse Mountain. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Rishad Daroowala

 

Ride a Gondola to a Winter Wonderland

Step onto the Grouse Mountain Skyride or the Sea to Sky Gondola and let it whisk you up the mountain to a winter wonderland. At the top, you’ll find snowy scenes perfect for photos, easy walks through the forest to beautiful views, snowshoe tours, and lots of holiday fun.

Sea to Sky Gondola base in winter

Sea to Sky Gondola in winter. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Sea to Sky Gondola/Paul Bride

 

Try an Extreme Sport

Warm up this winter by getting your blood pumping with an adrenaline rush. Try extreme sports like ice climbing and bungee jumping, ride a snowmobile or bobsled, or soar through the air on a zipline or helicopter. You won’t want to miss these adventurous Vancouver winter activities.

 

Go Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is one of the easiest winter sports you can try. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains are a great place to try snowshoeing for the first time. Try one of our picks for beginner-friendly snowshoe trails, or sign up for unique snowshoe tours where you can combine snowshoeing with fondue or snowshoe at night.

Snowshoeing on Grouse Mountain

Snowshoeing on Grouse Mountain. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Rishad Daroowala

 

Try Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is a great way to explore the winter landscape. You can get a full-body workout or go for a casual cruise with friends. There are four cross-country ski areas near Vancouver to choose from.

Cross-country skiing at Whistler Olympic Park

Cross-country skiing at Whistler Olympic Park. Photo: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

 

Go for a Hike

While the tops of the mountains are blanketed in snow, the forest is still green closer to the ocean. Vancouverites love to hike all year. Use our list of snow-free Vancouver hikes to plan your winter hiking trip.

The dock at Whyte Lake in West Vancouver, an easy hike

Whyte Lake in West Vancouver. Photo: Taryn Eyton/HappiestOutdoors.ca

 

Hang Out With Hundreds of Eagles

Did you know that Squamish is home to one of the world’s largest populations of wintering bald eagles? Each year over 1000 eagles spend December and January hanging out along the Squamish River just north of Vancouver. Pack your binoculars, then use our list of the best places to spot eagles.

Eagle in flight in the fog.

Photo: Phillipp Pilz/Unsplash

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