Eagle-watching in Squamish at its peak now through mid-February

 

It’s December, and that means it’s prime eagle-viewing time in the Sea-to-Sky corridor.

From mid-November to mid-February every year, thousands of eagles come to the area to prey on salmon following the fall spawning. Day-trip floats down the Cheakamus River near Squamish offer a chance to see these magnificent birds in their natural habitat, in some of the largest gatherings of bald eagles in the world.

Your friendly neighbourhood Inside Vancouver correspondent went on one of these day-trips courtesy of Squamish Rafting Company. This is what we experienced.

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Eagle-watching in Squamish at its peak now through mid-February

6 Awesome Places to go Snow Tubing and Sliding this Winter in and around Vancouver

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Looking for the fastest, most fun way down a mountain that doesn’t involve putting on ski boots or buying an expensive snowboard? Snow tubing is easily one of the most entertaining winter activities to enjoy in Vancouver.

With the local mountains officially opening for skiing and snowboarding, the winter season is officially on! If you’re looking for some adrenaline-packed entertainment that’s easier than the typical board sports of winter, snow tubing is the best answer!

If there’s snow on the ground, snow tubing or sledding is as easy as finding the closest hill (listen for the delighted screams of children!) Barring that, there are a few more official options that will provide you with hours of fun.

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6 Awesome Places to go Snow Tubing and Sliding this Winter in and around Vancouver

Local Vancouver Mountains Now Open for 2018/19 Ski and Snowboard Season!

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Grouse Mountain

After a very long wait, the snow is … slowly… arriving in Vancouver! The local mountains have been making snow like mad and have officially opened for the 2018/19 season.

With snow in the forecast, it’s officially time to dust off your skis or boards and dig out your goggles and gloves! Here is what’s open so far:

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Local Vancouver Mountains Now Open for 2018/19 Ski and Snowboard Season!

Light Walk on Grouse Mountain is a Dazzling, Dreamy Winter Light Display

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Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain’s been transformed into Vancouver’s North Pole for their annual Peak of Christmas event, featuring Santa’s workshop, a gingerbread village, and other holiday activities.

But, most importantly, the Peak of Christmas also means that the annual Light Walk is turned back on! Your Instagram account will thank you! The spectacular Grouse Mountain Light Walk is an enchanting way to spend a winter evening on top of a mountain.

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Light Walk on Grouse Mountain is a Dazzling, Dreamy Winter Light Display

Canyon Lights Winter Festival at the Capilano Suspension Bridge kicks off on Nov 22

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As the kids say these days… the Capilano Suspension Bridge is experiencing a “glow up” (that is: an incredible transformation) this upcoming winter season when it opens up for the annual Canyon Lights festival.

The extremely popular Canyon Lights Winter Lights Festival is coming back to the Capilano Suspension Bridge from November 22, 2018 to January 27, 2019.

This annual event is a favourite for locals and tourists alike, featuring thousands of lights decorating the park – transforming it into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment.

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Canyon Lights Winter Festival at the Capilano Suspension Bridge kicks off on Nov 22

6 Autumn Activities to Get You Outside in Vancouver

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Vancouver is beautiful all year round, but autumn is my favourite season. The fiery colours make for beautiful pictures and the temperature is just right. So grab your pumpkin spice latte and breathe in that crisp fall air!

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6 Autumn Activities to Get You Outside in Vancouver

Brand New Chilliwack Sunflower Festival Opens to the Public Late August

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If you’re looking for the perfect new profile picture or if you just really want to enjoy nature and surround yourself with beautiful sunflowers… we have exciting news for you!

A brand new sunflower festival is coming to the Fraser Valley this year, a short drive from Vancouver. Opening for the first time later this month, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival will be run by the same organizers who created the massively popular Tulips of the Valley.

The first annual Sunflower Festival will be opening for public strolls beginning on August 22 at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack. Hopefully it won’t be forced to close like a Sunflower farm in Ontario that was overrun with massive crowds causing major traffic delays. With the experience of the Tulip Festival under their belts, it’s unlikely that something like that will happen here!

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Brand New Chilliwack Sunflower Festival Opens to the Public Late August